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August 25, 2011

How Much Will Reyes’ Injuries Cost Him?: At Fangraphs, Jeff Zimmerman compares the contract value Jose Reyes should expect to that which a more durable player (with the same rate stats) would get.

August 24, 2011

Visualizing 2011 Draft Spending: Fangraphs’ Reed MacPhail graphs team-by-team spending in June’s MLB draft.

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August 23, 2011

BP’s Compensation Pages: Baseball Prospectus has incorporated data from Cot’s Baseball Contracts into their player cards.

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August 22, 2011

Jered Weaver and Park Effects: Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron writes about an under-reported aspect of the Jered Weaver extension — the fact that Angel Stadium is perfectly suited to his flyball tendencies.

August 3, 2011

The Trade Deadline Money Trail: At BP, Jeff Euston looks into how much payroll each team added or subtracted at the trade deadline.

Billy Beane, Moneyball sage and A’s GM, hurt by change in thinking: SI’s Tom Verducci writes about how the A’s recent struggles reflect small market teams’ increasing difficulty finding undervalued talent in the decade since Moneyball came out.

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July 27, 2011

What MLB Team’s Off-season Investments Look Good?: BtB’s Bill Petti looks at the ROI provided by each team’s 2010-11 free agent signings. Also: For more Petti, read Dave Gershman’s interview with Bill today.

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The Pirates and Indians win with cheap relief ($): At ESPN Insider, Dan Szymborski examines the relationship between the salaries a team spends on its bullpen and the WAR that bullpen produces.

July 26, 2011

Let’s Make a Deal: The Cleveland Indians are a good test case for the pros and cons of building a team through trades, writes Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli.

July 20, 2011

The Great Rockie Robbery – Trading Ubaldo Jimenez: At Beyond the Box Score, J.D. Sussman looks at the dollar value of Jimenez as a trade asset, and how much the Yankees (or other suitors) should be willing to part with to acquire Colorado’s ace.

July 14, 2011

July 13, 2011

The Economics of the Designated Hitter: At Grantland, Dan McLaughlin writes about the practical effect of the DH rule on the game’s economic structure.

July 12, 2011

Best Free Agent Position Player Bargains: At the Baseball Reality Tour, Bobby Aguilera ranks the best offseason free agent position players according to $/WAR. (This article theoretically included position players, but in practice only listed pitchers.)

July 7, 2011

Players Making the Highest Percentage of Team Payroll: Neil Paine of B-R lists the players whose salaries represent the biggest chunks of their teams’ payrolls.

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The Decline of NPB Pitching Imports: BP’s Michael Street continues his series on Asian baseball by examining the high rate of flameouts among Japanese pitching imports.

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June 22, 2011

Royals Efficient in Free Agent Signing This Past Off Season: At Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman points out that Kansas City’s much-maligned free agent signings from last winter have actually delivered a solid return on investment so far.

BOB: Team ownership updates: Brian Borawski’s latest Business of Baseball update from THT.

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June 17, 2011

How Much Money Is Matt Kemp Earning Himself?: Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness takes a look at the kind of payday Kemp is going to get if he keeps up his monster pace so far in 2011.

Realignment: The AL East Quandary: Writing for Fangraphs, Jonah Keri examines what would happen if MLB “blew up” the AL East and eliminated unbalanced schedules.

Neal Huntington’s trades: A WAR-based analysis of Huntington’s moves as the Pirates’ GM by From the Upper Deck.

June 15, 2011

BOB: Stadium news: THT’s Brian Borawski with the latest news and notes from the business of baseball.

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June 14, 2011

Moneyball 2.0: Grantland’s Bill Barnwell researches how MLB teams are winning on a budget in 2011.

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June 8, 2011

BOB:  A look at the more leveraged teams: Brian Borawski’s latest Business of Baseball report at THT includes a look at teams that aren’t debt compliant.

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The Asian Equation: The Futile Quest for the Next Ichiro: BP’s Michael Street continues his series on Japanese baseball with a look at the difficulty teams have had in finding NPB-to-MLB stars post-Ichiro.

June 1, 2011

Proposed Trade: Billy Butler to the Rays: Fangraphs’ Jeff Zimmerman on the implications of a hypothetical Rays-Royals swap.

May 26, 2011

Economics of Baseball: The Orioles’ shopping spree revisited: Peter Hjort of Beyond the Box Score evaluates the early returns on Baltimore’s offseason.

May 25, 2011

BOB: Dodgers drama continues: At THT, Brian Borawski’s newest Business of Baseball report.

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May 18, 2011

Winning causes payroll: Sabermetric Research’s Phil Birnbaum criticizes a paper in the newest JQAS.

May 16, 2011

Jose Bautista Is a Massive Bargain: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs writes about how good Toronto’s five-year, $65 million Bautista extension looks now.

May 13, 2011

May 12, 2011

Why Do Teams Continue to Overpay Relievers?: Fangraphs’ Reed MacPhail on GMs’ insistence on paying premium money for relief pitching.

May 11, 2011

Selling The Astros: Bradley Woodrum of Fangraphs examines Drayton McLane’s possible return on investment when he sells the Houston franchise.

BOB:  Dodgers in bankruptcy?: Brian Borawski’s newest Business of Baseball report at THT, featuring more on the Dodger drama.

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May 10, 2011

MLB Attendance – Lower Than Ever?: Baseball Nation’s Grant Brisbee compares MLB’s current down year (attendance-wise) to seasons from the past.

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May 6, 2011

When labour market research goes to the ballpark: From Bayes Ball, research that says married players tend to earn more than single ones, holding all else equal.

May 4, 2011

BOB – Frank McCourt gets nasty: The latest Business of Baseball report from Brian Borawski, with the Dodger situation once again playing a prominent role.

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May 3, 2011

Bridesmaids, Revisited: BP’s Neil deMause on the possible unintended consequences of playoff expansion.

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April 27, 2011

BOB:  The empire takes over the Dodgers: Brian Borawski’s latest Business of Baseball report covers the big news in L.A.

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April 22, 2011

Web takes on Ryan Braun extension

ESPN’s Justin Havens says Milwaukee is following ‘The Tulo Way’ by extending Braun. But Dan Szymborski and Dave Cameron are wondering if the Brewers just made a big mistake.

Mets Get Little Bang for Their Bucks

Writing for the NY Times, Neil Paine reviews the Mets’ perpetually bad marginal payroll-to-marginal wins ratio. Link

April 20, 2011

Catching up with BOB

THT’s Brian Borawski has his latest notes on the Business of Baseball. Link

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April 19, 2011

Plenty of Good Seats Still Available

At BP, Neil deMause points out MLB’s falling attendance so far in 2011. Link

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April 15, 2011

The Shaka Smart All-Stars

Not a basketball link, but rather Jonah Keri’s tribute to players who parlayed signature moments into huge $$. Link

The Scott Boras Factor: Reality or Hype?

Writing for BP, Vince Gennaro looks at the facts on the uber-agent’s performance. Link

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April 13, 2011

The Asian Equation

Michael Street of BPro looks at the roots of Japanese baseball’s posting system. Link

April 11, 2011

Better to Sign out of HS or College? Part 3

Part 3 of Reed MacPhail’s series on whether a top HS prospect should go pro or go to school. Link

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April 8, 2011

Better to Sign out of HS or College, Part 2

At Fangraphs, Reed MacPhail continues his research on whether it’s more financially advantageous for a prospect to sign out of HS or go to college. Link

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April 7, 2011

Better to Sign out of HS or College?

Reed MacPhail of FanGraphs studied signing bonus data for draftees from 2003-2007, trying to determine whether a HS draftee should go pro or head to school. Link

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