Economics of Baseball

Baseball 2015--A Bill James Essay Re-Visited

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Bill James wrote an essay titled "Baseball 2015" in his New Historical Baseball Abstract. This post reviews some of his points and how they've developed in the intervening 10+ years.

Saves Are Distorting Arbitration Salaries

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Closers are receiving inflated salaries in arbitration but some teams can and should take advantage of the situation by keeping young pitchers out of the ninth inning

Why teams still shouldn’t be paying for relievers

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It is a common refrain for sabermetric writers to complain about how teams spend significant money on free-agent relievers. With that in mind, I built a bullpen out of the remaining relief options...

Baseball 2015--A Bill James Essay Reviewed

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Bill James wrote an essay titled "Baseball 2015" around 15 years ago. How did what he wrote turn out?

To spend or not to spend...on an ace

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At this point in the offseason, many teams have big needs but limited resources. Often, the most common need for a team is starting pitching. But is it worth it to spend on an ace, or would signing...

Surveying the market: Outfield

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Rounding out our free agent preview with a look at the available outfielders.

Fielder, Kinsler, and moving those giant contracts

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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

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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

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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...

Surveying the market: Third Base

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

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