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Economics of Baseball

Economics of Baseball: A problematic vesting option

A look at Francisco Rodriguez's 2012 vesting option in baseball economics terms.

Economics of Baseball: Jose Reyes

A look at the what the Mets should do with Jose Reyes

Andrew McCutchen: What Would it Take for the Pirates to Lock Him Up?

Alderson's Decisions Mean Progress

No complaints in recent memory have been as loud as those of Mets fans who have consistently urged management to release the likes of Jeff Francouer, Oliver Perez, and Luis Castillo. While the Flushing Faithful never got their wish during the tenure of Omar Minaya, Sandy Alderson and company ended the wide spread speculation by announcing that both Perez and Castillo would be released.

When Will Evan Longoria's Contract NOT be Considered the Best in Baseball?

When Will Evan Longoria's Contract NOT be Considered the Best in Baseball? by @Dave_Gershman

King Felix to the Yankees? I don't think so.

In a bubble, the surplus value of Felix Hernandez comes to match up. However once we start looking at this proposal in context, its important to consider that the salary implications matter far less to the Yankees...

MLB Basic Agreement Generates Profit for All

Yes, it's significant that profits have stabilized at 9% league-wide. What's even more significant is that the profit is widely distributed. As profits spiked, so did the number of profitable teams.

Cardinals vs. Pujols: Reality Setting In?

It is doubtful that as he digs his feet into the dirt and gazes back at the opposing pitcher, he is thinking, "Should I drop my request of a contract with an average annual value of $30 million to $28.5 million?" Maybe, Albert and his teammates will lose some time in the film room, or at worst, maybe some sleep, but this distraction is the least of the Cardinals' problems.

Players Unions and the Economics of Warfare

Unlike the NFL, the possibility of a lockout looming large despite skyrocketing revenues and fan interest, the prospect of a 1994-style labor stoppage is almost unthinkable in baseball today.

Economics of Baseball: Podsednik's Option

A look at Scott Podsednik's decision to void the $2 million club option the Los Angeles Dodgers exercised for his 2011 services.

Aside from the Extremes, Pricing for Run Creators in 2011 is Pretty Volatile

Fun with Salaries and Marcel Projections: Cost Efficiencies of Free Agents

Economics of Baseball: The bottom of the bargain bin

A look at the 22 players that have signed guaranteed MLB deals for $1 million or less this offseason.

Visualizing the Most and Least Cost Effective Run Creators in 2010

Who were the most cost efficient run creators in 2010? Hint: they're typically young and cheap

Economics of Baseball: The Rays' draft picks

A look at how much the Rays boatload of draft picks in 2011 are worth.

Economics of Baseball: 2010 in multi-year deals for free agent position players

A look at the 2010 free agent market for position players on multi-year deals in baseball economics terms.

A Simulation of the Arbitration Process: Francisco Liriano

Interested in understanding how the arbitration process works? Here's an example, using Francisco Liriano as the player involved.

Economics of Baseball: 2010 in 1-year deals for free agent position players

A look at how the free agent position player class that signed 1-year deals during the 2010 preseason fared in baseball economics terms.

The Carlos Gonzalez Deal

Economics of Baseball: 2010 in multi-year deals for free agent starters

A look at how those free agents who signed multi-year deals during the 2010 preseason fared in baseball economics terms.

Economics of Baseball: 2010 in 1-year deals for free agent starters

A look at twelve pitchers who signed 1-year deals on the free agent market during the 2010 preseason.

Economics of Baseball: Arbitration observations

Some observations from the recent free agent arbitration decisions.

Economics of Baseball: You're really thinking about trading Justin Upton?

A look at a potential Justin Upton trade from Arizona's perspective.

Will Extending the Playoffs Really Dilute the Regular Season?

By far the most common complaint I read regarding Selig's plan to add a second wild card is that it would "dilute the regular season." Personally, I'm suspicious of this argument, and I'll tell you why...

Economics of Baseball: Jorge de la Rosa's next contract

A look at Jorge de la Rosa's next contract.