The tax rates in various major-league cities can have a significant impact on player salaries.
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.
Plus the Mortensen trade, and the shape of the Rangers and Jays bullpens.
Efforts to move the A’s to San Jose are stalled, but will Commissioner Selig set his sights on a new landing spot?
A review of Marc’s 2010 center field rankings.
Rob McQuown covers several players including Vernon Wells, Juan Rivera, and numerous reader requests.
Do teams tend to overvalue the man charged with nailing down saves?