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Trevor Cahill becomes the latest beneficiary of Billy Beane's extension-happy behavior, but will he find the same success as his predecessors?

When a musician uses another’s work within his own song, it’s called sampling. When a musician flips his own work, it’s called a remix. Billy Beane is doing a little of both by extending Trevor Cahill.  

Throughout the early 1990s, Cleveland general manager John Hart locked up as many young players as he could, including Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Beane and his younger disciples have since made pre-arbitration deals sexy, but locking up talented youth isn’t just for the progressive these days, as even the old fogies have gotten in on the act. Whereas Hart mostly focused on positional players (although he did extend Charles Nagy), Beane is quite accomplished in the fine art of starting pitcher extensions. Talented starting pitcher trios and contract extensions have come in cycles for Beane since he became Oakland’s general manager.

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Welcome to the odd fistful of clubs that has payrolls which fit in anyone's budget.

From high rollers to low-stakes players, you can find examples of both in the National League East. Continuing our look at the 2010 payroll forecasts (we’ve covered the NL Central and the AL Central), let’s take a look at the Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, and Nationals.

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The day is dawning when the Cardinals must re-sign Albert Pujols and the Brewers must do the same with Prince Fielder.

Baseball's largest division will likely feature four of the top 15 payrolls in the game for 2010-the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros, and Brewers. The other two teams, the Reds and the Pirates, project to rank 23rd and 29th or 30th, respectively. Continuing our look at the 2010 payroll forecasts (the projections for the AL Central can be found here), let's take a look at the NL Central.

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