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03-06

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Contractual Matters: The Sinking and the Sunk
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Jeff Euston

02-13

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Jordan Zimmermann
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Ben Lindbergh

02-06

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Shin-Soo Choo
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Ben Lindbergh

07-05

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29

What the Contenders Need
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

07-03

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25

What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

07-02

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9

What the Contenders Need
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Jason Wojciechowski, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

06-29

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14

What the Contenders Need
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

06-28

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What the Contenders Need
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Jason Wojciechowski, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

06-27

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23

What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

08-23

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Contractual Matters: BP's Compensation Pages
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Jeff Euston

08-03

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Contractual Matters: The Trade Deadline Money Trail
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Jeff Euston

07-01

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Contractual Matters: Los Angeles Payroll Limbo
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Jeff Euston

06-17

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Contractual Matters: The Carpenter Conundrum
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Jeff Euston

05-24

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Contractual Matters: The Orioles' Roster Roulette
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Jeff Euston

05-06

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13

Contractual Matters: Screen Test
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Jeff Euston

04-20

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Contractual Matters: Supporting Stow
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Jeff Euston

04-06

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Contractual Matters: The Mets' Sunk Costs
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Jeff Euston

03-23

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Contractual Matters: Six-Figure Blues
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Jeff Euston

03-16

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Contractual Matters: AL Central Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

03-09

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Contractual Matters: NL Central Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

03-02

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Contractual Matters: AL East Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

02-23

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Contractual Matters: NL East Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

02-16

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Contractual Matters: AL West Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

02-09

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Contractual Matters: NL West Payroll Projections
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Jeff Euston

02-02

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Contractual Matters: Prince Albert at the Five and Dime
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Jeff Euston

01-24

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Contractual Matters: A Brief History of Contract Recycling
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Jeff Euston

01-17

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Contractual Matters: Playing the Arbitration Spread
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Jeff Euston

01-10

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Contractual Matters: The Middle Relief Squeeze
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Jeff Euston

01-03

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Contractual Matters: A Texas-sized Payroll Leap
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Jeff Euston

12-20

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Contractual Matters: Pujols' Price Tag
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Jeff Euston

12-13

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Contractual Matters: Bruce'd Up
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Jeff Euston

11-29

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Contractual Matters: AL East Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

11-22

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Contractual Matters: NL East Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

11-15

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Contractual Matters: NL Central Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

11-08

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Contractual Matters: AL Central Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

11-01

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Contractual Matters: NL West Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

10-25

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Contractual Matters: AL West Arbitration Forecast
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Jeff Euston

10-04

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Contractual Matters: Market Corrections
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Jeff Euston

09-27

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Contractual Matters: A Bull Market For Bautista
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Jeff Euston

09-20

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Contractual Matters: Kind of a Big Deal
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Jeff Euston

09-13

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Contractual Matters: Opening Act
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Jeff Euston

09-06

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Contractual Matters: Diminished Skills and Fragile Egos
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Jeff Euston

08-30

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Contractual Matters: The Post-season Roster Carousel
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Jeff Euston

08-23

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Contractual Matters: An Airing of Grievances
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Jeff Euston

08-09

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Contractual Matters: No Guarantees
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Jeff Euston

08-02

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Contractual Matters: August and Everything After
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Jeff Euston

07-26

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Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant
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Jeff Euston

07-19

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Contractual Matters: Protest Songs
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Jeff Euston

07-12

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Contractual Matters: Premium Players
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Jeff Euston

07-05

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Contractual Matters: An All-Star Payday
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Jeff Euston

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June 17, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: The Carpenter Conundrum

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Jeff Euston

Even if Chris Carpenter's ERA more closely matches his peripherals in the second half of the season, the Cardinals will face a contractual quandary this winter.

After flying high for most of the spring, the Cardinals have lost their grip on first place in the National League Central. Since winning a series in Houston a week ago, the Cards have been outscored 42-16 and lost six games in a row. Meanwhile, the St. Louis disabled list is overflowing, and the rival Cubs, among others, are positioned to offer Albert Pujols approximately eleventy billion dollars this winter.

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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: The Orioles' Roster Roulette

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A 15-inning game set off a cascade of roster moves for struggling Baltimore.

Closing out a May weekend by winning a series with the Nationals isn’t exactly cause for celebration. But for the Orioles, who might charitably have been described as “reeling” as recently as Friday, winning the interleague Beltway Series was a positive end to a wild week.

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Should MLB take the simple step of extending the protective screens behind home plate?

Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews has seen more than his share of foul balls. Now in his 43rd season, the Hall of Fame play-by-play man with a dry wit regularly employs a succinct description of a ball hit too hard for a fan to try to catch barehanded. “Bad trajectory,” Matthews occasionally observes, in a tone of voice that suggests you couldn’t pay him to make a play on the foul ball.

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The savage beating of a Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day points out the need for stronger action against fan violence on the part of MLB--and its fans.

Among its many charms, baseball can serve as a refuge from the real world. Sadly, the real world occasionally intervenes.

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April 6, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: The Mets' Sunk Costs

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Jeff Euston

Sandy Alderson made the right move in writing off Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo as roster ballast, but even he can't prevent the return of Bobby Bonilla's long-dead salary.

The start of a new season is an exciting time for fans, players and front offices alike, a chance to shake off the cold weather, move on from 2010 and start fresh. No team welcomed Opening Day more than the Mets, who endured a tumultuous offseason featuring everything from a new general manager to questions about ownership’s involvement with the Bernard Madoff financial fraud case.

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March 23, 2011 8:37 am

Contractual Matters: Six-Figure Blues

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For players not yet eligible for arbitration, contract talks tend to be a one-way conversation.

With Opening Day about a week away, contract negotiations for 2011 are all but complete. There are exceptions, of course. There’s the occasional extension—the long-rumored Adrian Gonzalez deal comes to mind—and the handful of free agents still looking for work (Doug Davis, anyone?).

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March 16, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: AL Central Payroll Projections

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The Twins and White Sox go all in, while the rest of the division slashes payroll.

About a third of the teams in baseball project to cut payroll for 2011, and three of those reside in the American League Central. The Tigers, Indians, and Royals will scale back to the tune of nearly $80 million combined this season, making the division home to three of the games’ six biggest cost-cutters. But the austerity measures do not extend to the Twins and White Sox, which each figure to make eight-figure payroll increases. Let’s check out the projected 2011 payrolls for the AL Central.

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March 9, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: NL Central Payroll Projections

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The Reds try to defend their crown while maintaining the division's third-lowest payroll.

Since 2006, only one club in the National League Central has managed to win more than 91 games in a season. The Reds turned the trick in 2010 and won the division title, despite being outspent by four of their other five Central competitors. Spending will remain flat in Cincinnati this season, but the division’s financial landscape is shifting. Let’s break down the projected 2011 payrolls for the NL Central.

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March 2, 2011 6:39 am

Contractual Matters: AL East Payroll Projections

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Only one team in the division has hiked spending since 2010, and it's probably not who you think.

The Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles are not usually part of the conversation when it comes to the financial arms race that is the American League East. Though none of the three will outspend the Yankees or Red Sox any time soon, Baltimore is the only team in the division that figures to start 2011 with a payroll higher than on Opening Day 2010. As the financial details begin to come into focus, let’s check out the projected 2011 payrolls for the AL East.

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February 23, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: NL East Payroll Projections

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As the Phillies jump to #2 in the majors in payroll, the rest of the division plays catch-up.

Spending is up in the National League East, where all five clubs should rank higher on the list of Opening Day payrolls than they did at this time a year ago. Advancing up the list are the four-time defending champion Phillies, whose payroll jumps from fourth in baseball to second in 2011. They’re followed by the Mets (sixth to fifth), Braves (17th to 14th) and Marlins (28th to 24th). Even the Nationals, who project to reduce payroll slightly, move up from 24th in 2010 to 23rd this year. With the usual disclaimer that the numbers are subject to change, let’s break down the projected 2011 payrolls for the NL East.

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February 16, 2011 6:07 am

Contractual Matters: AL West Payroll Projections

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The Angels will shell out the most greenbacks, but can they parlay that into a pennant?

The American League West provided one of baseball’s feel-good financial stories of 2010, as the low-budget Rangers dethroned the big-spending Angels, the three-time defending division champions. With their ownership situation now stabilized, the Rangers’ 2011 payroll should approach the $90 million range, where the Mariners generally reside.

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February 9, 2011 6:13 am

Contractual Matters: NL West Payroll Projections

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The Giants' staff prepares to get pricey, while the Rockies place their chips on Tulo and CarGo.

The National League West is a mixed bag. Each team in the division has won 90 games in a season at least once since 2007. In fact, the wild West has boasted two 90-win teams in three of the last four years. The one team to win 90 twice in that time, Colorado, has never won a division title.

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