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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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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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August 9, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: No Guarantees

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Jeff Euston

An ankle injury proves costly for Magglio Ordonez.

It’s easy now, seven years later, to forget how far the Tigers had fallen in 2003. Outscored by 337 runs, Detroit won just 43 games while losing 119, more than any other team in American League history. Only a 5-1 run in the season’s final week separated Detroit from passing the 1962 Mets for the most losses in modern major-league history. This year’s worst club, Baltimore, is suffering through a dismal 2010, but the Orioles are on pace to finish a dozen games better than the ’03 Tigers.

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August 2, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: August and Everything After

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Jeff Euston

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, but the dealing is not necessarily done

As Jose Guillen approached the plate for his first at-bat Saturday night, the Kauffman Stadium crowd greeted him with the sort of enthusiasm usually reserved for an unwanted house guest who has announced he is staying for another week. The non-waiver trade deadline had passed just a few hours earlier, and Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore had not found a taker for his cleanup hitter. As Guillen popped out to right, Royals fans unleashed another round of boos.

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July 26, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant

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Jeff Euston

The newest Hall of Fame manager also found success in the front office.

In his 44-year career in professional baseball, Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog held a wide variety of job titles: player, scout, coach, director of player development, manager and general manager. He earned his place in Cooperstown for his 18 years as a manager, which included 1,281 victories, three pennants, and a World Series title. But Herzog also boasts an impressive resume as a general manager, though the job was one he never particularly wanted or enjoyed.

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July 19, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Protest Songs

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Jeff Euston

Looking at the use of the protest rules and why most appeals are struck down.

The Yankees and Royals will square off in the Bronx on Saturday, the 27th anniversary of the infamous Pine Tar Game. That 1983 Sunday afternoon not only made George Brett a fixture in madcap blooper reels, but it is also one of the few major-league games in which a protest was upheld.

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July 12, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Premium Players

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Jeff Euston

Insuring a stars contract reduces a clubs risk, but usually only up to a point.

The 2007 injury that ended Juan Encarnacion's career was one of those slow-motion nightmares you hate to see, on a baseball diamond or anywhere else.

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July 5, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: An All-Star Payday

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Jeff Euston

Seemingly everyone except Yankees players cash in for making the All-Star team, even Omar Infante.

In 19 seasons in the major leagues, Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes had never been an All-Star. Until now.

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July 1, 2010 12:05 pm

Contractual Matters: Optional Waivers

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Jeff Euston and Eric Seidman

Explaining a seldom-used and confusing procedure that enables a club to quickly clear a roster spot.

When Scott Mathieson made his major-league debut approximately four years ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were a very different team. David Bell played third base, Aaron Rowand patrolled center field, and the three-headed monster of Mike Lieberthal, Sal Fasano and Chris Coste were the catchers. Mathieson, a 22-year old flamethrower, had shown plenty of promise but was still in need of some seasoning, which made things all the more disappointing when he fell prey to the injury bug and had to go under the knife for surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The road back has been tenuous, as rehabilitation was stunted by the need for a second Tommy John surgery. After successfully rehabbing from the second surgery, Mathieson found himself a minor-league reliever with fans clamoring for his presence on the big club’s roster.

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June 28, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: International Timeline

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Jeff Euston

The timing of when a foreign amateur free agent signs dictates when he must be protected on a club's 40-man roster.

As a franchise, the Athletics have had their share of high-profile pitching prospects. Lew Krausse Jr. signed for $125,000 two days after graduating from high school in 1961. Charlie Finley paid Catfish Hunter and Blue Moon Odom $75,000 each to sign in 1964. Texas high school star Todd Van Poppel received a record $1.2 million bonus and a major-league contract after being a first-round draft pick in 1990. More recently, left-hander Mark Mulder signed for a franchise draft record $3.2 million bonus in 1998.

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June 21, 2010 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: Goin' to Kansas City

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Jeff Euston

A town in need of some baseball excitement to go with its great barbecue gets the 2012 All-Star Game.

Bud Selig rolled through the Midwest last week and bestowed upon Kauffman Stadium the 2012 All-Star Game. Though the official announcement had been something of an open secret for months, it provided long-suffering Kansas City baseball fans with a rare bit of good news. With their hometown team hovering around last place for the better part of 15 years, it has been a while since Royals fans have been paying much attention by the time the All-Star break rolls around each July. The Royals have not placed multiple players on the American League All-Star team since 2003, when Mike Sweeney and Mike MacDougal turned the trick.

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June 14, 2010 4:48 am

Contractual Matters: Griffey: A Financial Retrospective

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Jeff Euston

Junior earned more than $170 million in his 22-year career but was much more cost-effective for the Mariners than his hometown Reds.

When Ken Griffey Jr. called it a career earlier this month, the decision was not a surprise. Unfortunately, within hours of his announcement, the news was eclipsed by Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game, turning the conversation from The Kid’s retirement to Jim Joyce and instant replay.

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June 10, 2010 9:44 am

Contractual Matters: The Undrafted

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Jeff Euston

Though a large percentage of professional baseball players got where they are by going through the draft, some had to find their own road to the majors.

The three-day event that is baseball’s First Year Player Draft wound to its conclusion Wednesday, and now the 1,525 young players chosen face choices. For high school seniors, should they play professionally or go to college? For most college players, stay in school or go pro?

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June 3, 2010 8:28 am

Contractual Matters: Restructuring Deals

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Jeff Euston

Ryan Dempster and Scott Rolen are two players who have reworked their contracts to give their teams more financial flexibility.

As Cubs general manager Jim Hendry began the work of assembling his 2010 roster last winter, he faced a daunting task: construct a team capable of re-claiming the National League Central title, which it had done in 2007 and 2008, and do it with precious little payroll flexibility. The Cubs had more than $125 million committed to 11 players, with another eight players eligible for salary arbitration. Hendry was poised to blow past the 2009 year-end payroll total of $141 million without filling his 25-man roster, before even considering a trade or free-agent signing requiring more spending.

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