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July 3, 2012 10:15 am

Overthinking It: Does Arbitration Drive Players Away?

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Ben Lindbergh

Is a team that takes a player to arbitration really running the risk of driving him toward another team down the road?

​"Why did they trade for me if that's what they think?"Yankees left-hander Jim Abbott, after losing a 1993 arbitration case in which the team used a "very negative" presentation

Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve just accepted a job that requires you to join a union. This union is pretty powerful, but there are limits to its power. The main downside of your new deal is that you can’t control your own fate: for your first several years, you won’t get to choose which company you work for or where you spend most of your time.

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John runs down the top candidates for the next GM vacancy.

General managers are never more in the spotlight than they are this week in the days leading up to Sunday's deadline to makes trades without securing waivers on players. How well some of the GMs navigate these next three days could determine their future. Make the right move and get your team to the postseason, and it could result in a contract extension. Fail to improve your club and finish out of the money, and you could be out of a job.

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Not much going on? Sure, so let's have a bit of Front Office 101 this week. After plenty of deep, metaphysical emails, we try (and fail) to understand what the Angels did this week, while also talking about what Mike Napoli means to the Rangers, and plenty of prospect talk with the Cardinals and White Sox Top 11 lists. The highlight comes with our special guest, John Coppolella, the Director of Baseball Administration with the Atlanta Braves. If you've ever had any questions about the arbitration process, you won't after this interview, as we go through the entire process with a fictional player named Johnny Shortstop. It's truly fascinating stuff and a rare glimpse at how the sausage is made. From there, we talk about Saturday's big SABR Day event in NYC, talk about refrigerators for way too long, and also supply details on how to drink with Jason and I on Saturday night. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Not much going on? Sure, so let's have a bit of Front Office 101 this week. After plenty of deep, metaphysical emails, we try (and fail) to understand what the Angels did this week, while also talking about what Mike Napoli means to the Rangers, and plenty of prospect talk with the Cardinals and White Sox Top 11 lists. The highlight comes with our special guest, John Coppolella, the Director of Baseball Administration with the Atlanta Braves. If you've ever had any questions about the arbitration process, you won't after this interview, as we go through the entire process with a fictional player named Johnny Shortstop. It's truly fascinating stuff and a rare glimpse at how the sausage is made. From there, we talk about Saturday's big SABR Day event in NYC, talk about refrigerators for way too long, and also supply details on how to drink with Jason and I on Saturday night. As always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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March 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Spring Conversations

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Kevin Goldstein

The Braves' director of baseball administration talks about his team and its hopes for the upcoming season.

While he might not be the best-known name, John Coppolella has slowly established himself as one of the brighter young front office stars in the game. After seven years with the Yankees in both scouting and baseball operations, he joined the Braves in October, 2006 as the director of baseball administration, where along with assistant GM Bruce Manno, he is a trusted assistant to general manager Frank Wren. I spent time this week talking with John, talking about the upcoming season at both the major- and minor-league level, the differences between working for the Yankees and Braves, as well as some lessons learned from the Mark Teixeira trade. Here is Part One of that interview

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