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November 11, 2013 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Cost of a Cost-Controlled Win


Russell A. Carleton

And why scouting and player development are your team's hidden superstars.

It’s free agent season, a time traditionally reserved for the baseball commentariat to wonder aloud how we’ve gotten to the point where passably decent outfielders are worth $10 million a year. The standard line is that, in the free agent market, one win above replacement retails for about $5 million. More recent research suggests that GMs actually ended up paying about $7 million per win for free agents during the 2013 season.

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