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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/1/19

MLB’s lobbying in Arizona; the rise of three-team trades; $/WAR is falling

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FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: MLB is trying to circumvent state minimum wage laws in Arizona, effectively paying them nothing for their time during spring training, and now the MLBPA is joining the fight. While this doesn’t change everything, them standing up on behalf of minor leaguers is a very, very big change.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): Three-team trades are incredibly rare, and make up just 1% of trades, but they have spiked in frequency over the last five years. Adam Eaton, Didi Gregorius, and David Price were all moved in three-teamers, meaning that with the new CBA rules and team practices, more complicated trades that bring home possibly franchise players or prospects have become more important.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): I just wrote about this as well, but... spending might be a market inefficiency! Not just from my own marginal win perspective but even just by $/WAR, which has dropped to about $8 million this offseason, down from what should be about $10-12 million, which is crazy to think about. This means that for teams with money to spend, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado may actually be a bargain, and even their possibly high salaries would be justified by the existing $/WAR inefficiency.