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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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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

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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November 22, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: NL East Arbitration Forecast

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Jeff Euston

Dan Uggla's contract situation shifts inside the division from the Marlins to the Braves.

Major-league teams have a full week after Thanksgiving to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players on their rosters. But with space at a premium at the November 19 deadline to set rosters before the Rule 5 draft, a number of arbitration-eligible players have been jettisoned early. With those “early non-tenders” hitting the free-agent market, let’s check out the 2011 arbitration cases for clubs in the National League East, the fifth in a six-part series evaluating each division.

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November 15, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: NL Central Arbitration Forecast

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Jeff Euston

A glimpse at who is in line for a bigger payday and who may be non-tendered in the six-team division.

There is no shortage of intrigue in the potential arbitration cases for teams in the National League Central. From trade candidates and non-tender candidates to an MVP candidate, the division’s six general managers face several difficult decisions. So let’s check out the 2011 cases for the NL Central, the fourth in a six-part series analyzing each of the divisions in Major League Baseball.

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November 8, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: AL Central Arbitration Forecast

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Jeff Euston

Some of the newly minted Super Two arbitration-eligibles can be found in this division.

The road to an arbitration hearing begins as a negotiation, becomes something resembling a high-stakes poker game then finally morphs into full-scale litigation. The process began in earnest last week as the Commissioner’s Office and Major League Baseball Players Association announced that 20 players will qualify as Super Twos, those players with less than three years of big-league service who are eligible to file for arbitration. So let’s break down the 2011 arbitration cases—including five Super Twos—for clubs in the American League Central, the third in a six-part series evaluating each of the divisions in the majors.

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November 1, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: NL West Arbitration Forecast

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Jeff Euston

A glimpse at players who will be tendered contracts and potential raises, as well as non-tender candidates.

Let’s examine at the arbitration outlook for 2011 for the teams in the National League West, the second in a six-part series spotlighting each division.

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A glance at the arbitration-eligibles on the left coast, identifying player comparables and non-tender candidates.

About 220 players will be eligible for salary arbitration this off-season. Some will not receive a contract offer and become free agents December 2. Others will agree to terms before the new year. Many will file for arbitration in early January, with the vast majority of that group settling on 2011 contracts before arguing their cases at hearings in February.

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October 4, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Market Corrections

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Jeff Euston

Changes to the free agency calendar pave the way for the next round of labor talks.

Ever since arbitrators ruled that baseball’s owners had acted in concert to fix prices for talent for three years in the late ‘80s, collusion has loomed near the surface of the game’s labor relations.

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September 27, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: A Bull Market For Bautista

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Jeff Euston

The Blue Jays and their newest star face tough choices as his next contract looms.

You are Alex Anthopoulos, and your busy schedule is about to get much more crowded. Not yet 12 months on the job as Toronto’s general manager, you’ve traded the best pitcher in club history, cut payroll, and just about finished paying off B.J. Ryan. Now your center fielder is about to get expensive—well, more expensive, really—and three other players already are locked in to raises for 2011. You face a long list of potential arbitration cases that could reach double digits, with 2010 home run king Jose Bautista leading the way. And, by the way, your managerial vacancy needs to be filled.

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September 20, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Kind of a Big Deal

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Jeff Euston

Signing an amateur player to a major-league contract can be a risk worth taking.

Most every player taken early in the First Year Player Draft comes with high expectations and comparables, established players at the same position, similar in size, mechanics, ability, or makeup. Comps begin as a sort of descriptive shorthand for anyone who has not yet seen a young player perform. But once attached, the comparisons become something of a yardstick, and not always in a good way. J.D. Drew has not morphed into Mickey Mantle, for example, and it was never especially realistic or fair to entertain the idea that he might.

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September 13, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Opening Act

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Jeff Euston

The Royals are reduced to playing on the undercard now but are quietly building a solid foundation.

You’d be forgiven for missing it, but one afternoon game graces today’s baseball schedule, with Oakland left-hander Bobby Cramer making his major-league debut against the Royals in Kansas City.

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September 6, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Diminished Skills and Fragile Egos

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Jeff Euston

Business can sometimes get in the way of fond farewells for franchise icons.

Like most memories first forged in our younger years, baseball is easily romanticized. Chances are you hold a soft spot in your heart for your first baseball hero or favorite team with much the same fondness you have for your first car, first love, first… Well, you get the idea. Colin Wyers recently described the hero-worship phenomenon beautifully here.

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August 30, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: The Post-season Roster Carousel

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Jeff Euston

With September approaching, contenders are starting to look at loopholes to help consruct their post-season rosters.

With 30-plus games to play, it might be considered tempting fate for a front office to start planning for the postseason. But seven clubs have improved their odds of making the postseason to 90 percent or better, according to the Playoff Odds Report. And baseball’s calendar demands that GMs and managers begin planning for October now.

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August 23, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: An Airing of Grievances

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Jeff Euston

History does not favor the Mets in their contract dispute with Francisco Rodriguez.

Two weeks ago, Francisco Rodriguez threw a perfect ninth inning against the heart of the Rockies’ lineup, closing out the Mets’ second 1-0 victory in four days. The appearance marked K-Rod’s 45th game finished this season, putting him on pace to reach 100 games finished for 2010 and 2011 combined, an achievement that would guarantee the $17.5 million option for 2012 in his contract.

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