Economics of Baseball

Fielder, Kinsler, and moving those giant contracts

With the Tigers moving one of baseball's biggest contracts, is it time we start to think differently about what those massive deals really represent?

Surveying the market: Shortstops

As the offseason signings really start to heat up, we continue a preview of the market by looking at the available shortstops.

Surveying the market: Starting pitchers

There may not be many elite starters available this winter, but add in the pitchers who could be dangled out on the trade market and a certain Japanese star, and the starting pitching market does have some intrigue.

Surveying the market: Third Base

If your team is in the market for a new third baseman this offseason, who are the players they should be targeting?

Surveying the market: Second Base

While we know that there is one standout second baseman available this offseason, the rest of the free agent and trade market offers plenty of excitement as well. Which players will be the best bargains, which will be the busts, and where are they al

Surveying the market: Relief pitchers

Relief pitchers are among the most misunderstood players in baseball, and the market treats them no differently. Here's a peak at this year's market for relievers.

Surveying the market: First basemen

First base has traditionally been a position of power, but recently it's become a position of bad contracts. This free agent market is not strong, so teams will have to be creative to add value at first base.

DIPS, Springsteen, and why offense is declining

The run environment in baseball has been in free-fall over the last few years. Is the broadening acceptance of sabermetric ideas to blame?

Qualifying offers and options: hitchhiker's guide

The pre-free agency period sets the tone for the free agent market. Here's a guide to the theories and numbers that go into making those decisions.

On trading Scherzer and the cost of a win

The discussion of how much a win is worth has sprung up in recent days. I'll add some food for thought to that discussion while looking at how the discussion impacts the possibility of the Tigers trading Max Scherzer.

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