Looking for return on investment when teams pay up.
We just want to say three words to the Braves: “service time” and “extensions.”
No. No they aren’t.
Ben and Sam talk about how the A’s are winning in an unusual way for a small-market team, then discuss why the Dodgers have been the exception to the trend of money not leading to wins.
Ben and Sam discuss whether the ability to spend big helps teams as much as it once did, then talk about their expectations for Tim Lincecum and Chris Davis.
The Astros won’t win in 2013 no matter how much they spend on free agents. So what should we make of their moves?
A look at the multi-fold reasons the Yankees have for getting under the luxury tax threshold by 2014.
Ben and Sam discuss the Zack Greinke signing and the Dodgers’ astronomical payroll with Mike Petriello of Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness.
According to reports, the Marlins may have interest in Alex Rodriguez. Where does he rank among baseball’s most difficult players to deal?
Jeff Luhnow’s first task was to clear the mess Ed Wade made, and he’s already given the Astros a fresh start.
Whenever “competitive balance” is debated, the debaters inevitably turn to published information about team payrolls to support their positions. This sounds straightforward. Unfortunately, “team payroll” is a fluid concept. The four most widely reported measures each use different methods and can lead to different conclusions.
There is no competitive balance problem in baseball, even in the latest period of Yankee pennants. Supposedly, the Yankees play an entirely different game than other teams. If this is true, we should see this in almost any metric we choose, but it’s not there.