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February 8, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Rising Payrolls of the Post-Collusion Era


Jay Jaffe

How have teams fared when they have a dramatic increase in payroll over the previous season?

Last time out, I examined the 2012 Mets' Opening Day payroll drop—projected to exceed $50 million—and placed it in the context of other drastic payroll cuts dating back to 1989, since my source for the payroll data, the USA Today Salary Database went back to 1988. Given data that went further back, I’d have liked to place the teardowns of the A's dynasties of the 1910s, 1930s, and 1970s—are there any other dismantlings so famous?—into a similar context, but as one Twitter follower said, we go to war with the data we have. Today I turn my attention to the flip side of the story, the largest payroll increases during a timespan that conveniently stands as the point when baseball was just emerging from its collusion scandal.

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October 4, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Market Corrections


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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