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03-06

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Contractual Matters: The Sinking and the Sunk
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Jeff Euston

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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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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16

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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7

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

07-01

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Contractual Matters: Optional Waivers
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Jeff Euston and Eric Seidman

06-28

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Contractual Matters: International Timeline
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Jeff Euston

06-21

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Contractual Matters: Goin' to Kansas City
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Jeff Euston

06-14

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Contractual Matters: Griffey: A Financial Retrospective
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Jeff Euston

06-10

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Contractual Matters: The Undrafted
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Jeff Euston

06-03

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Contractual Matters: Restructuring Deals
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Jeff Euston

05-27

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Contractual Matters: The Strasburg Clock
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Jeff Euston

05-18

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Contractual Matters: Werth The Funds
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Jeff Euston, Eric Seidman and Matt Swartz

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March 2, 2011 6:39 am

Contractual Matters: AL East Payroll Projections

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Jeff Euston

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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Jeff Euston

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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Jeff Euston

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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Jeff Euston

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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February 2, 2011 10:03 am

Contractual Matters: Prince Albert at the Five and Dime

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Jeff Euston

Albert Pujols leads the roster of players newly anointed with "10-and-5" no-trade rights.

For Albert Pujols, the 2010 season was his 10th year in the majors, meeting the requirement for election to the Hall of Fame. With the end of the season, he also earned full no-trade protection as a "10-and-5 man": a 10-year veteran who has spent the last five seasons with the same team.

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January 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Contractual Matters: A Brief History of Contract Recycling

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Jeff Euston

Alex Anthopoulos freed himself from Vernon Wells' monstrous deal, but calling it a pure salary dump wouldn't be accurate.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off nothing short of a financial coup late Friday in getting his club out from under the taile end of Vernon Wells’ staggering seven-year, $126 million mega-deal. The Blue Jays still owed Wells $86 million through 2014 under the contract, which was signed under the J.P. Ricciardi administration. When you consider Anthopoulos successfully navigated around Wells’ full no-trade clause and apparently did not include any cash in dealing the outfielder to Anaheim, the trade just might be the most impressive salary dump ever.

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January 17, 2011 11:00 am

Contractual Matters: Playing the Arbitration Spread

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Jeff Euston

Teams and their arb-eligible players are caught in a game that's more costly than ever to lose.

Pitcher David Palmer is remembered primarily for throwing five perfect innings for Montreal on a rainy April night in St. Louis in 1984, then having Major League Baseball strike his rain-shortened claim on perfection from baseball’s official record book seven years later because the game did not go nine innings.

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January 10, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: The Middle Relief Squeeze

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Jeff Euston

Baseball's free agent compensation system works well enough for most players, but middle relievers are disproportionally finding themselves in the lurch.

Relief pitching can be a particularly volatile sector in baseball’s open market. More than position players or starting pitchers, relievers can see their year-to-year production swing from good to bad and back again. For clubs, that makes constructing a bullpen a tricky business. For relievers themselves, it places a premium on timing the market.

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January 3, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: A Texas-sized Payroll Leap

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Jeff Euston

The Rangers saw expansion in their payroll throughout 2010 with a little help from Bud Selig's office.

Four days before Christmas, the commissioner’s office quietly distributed final 2010 payroll figures for the 40-man rosters of all 30 clubs in Major League Baseball.

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December 20, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: Pujols' Price Tag

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Jeff Euston

Examining how the Cardinals may look to lock up one of the greatest first basemen of all time.

Albert Pujols is only 45 weeks away from free agency. From Flushing to Chavez Ravine, executives are watching, wondering if the unthinkable will happen and the face of the Cardinals franchise will hit the open market. Just the thought is enough to send all of St. Louis and a good portion of the Midwest into crisis lockdown panic mode.

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December 13, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: Bruce'd Up

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Jeff Euston

Dissecting the soon-to-be official Jay Bruce contract extension, and its implications for the Reds.

The Reds’ $51 million extension with Jay Bruce should become official Tuesday. The deal locks the right fielder in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup affordably for the foreseeable future and secures the right fielder financially for life. So what’s not to like?

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November 29, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: AL East Arbitration Forecast

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Jeff Euston

The last of a six-part series looking at who might wind up before an arbitration panel in February.

The flurry of activity that is the Winter Meetings won’t begin for another week, but this week has a noteworthy event as well. Thursday is the deadline for clubs to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players on their rosters. Last offseason, nearly 40 players joined the free-agent market at the non-tender deadline, and a few proved to be cost-effective contributors in 2010. Among those non-tenders who rebounded with solid performances were John Buck, Jack Cust, Matt Capps, and Kelly Johnson. So let’s check the arbitration outlook for 2011 for clubs in the American League East, the final installment in a six-part series spotlighting each of the divisions in the major leagues.

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