A Rethinking of How Baseball Should Work

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I read a fun article by Grant Brisbee earlier about the changing face of baseball economics: In baseball, the best players are usually the cheapest players. This is a truism, and that sentence probably didn’t blow the minds of anyone reading this. It’s something we’ve internalized and accepted long ago. Continue reading A Rethinking of How Baseball Should Work

One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

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Spring training is about halfway over now, and the Chicago Cubs made their first cuts the other day: The #Cubs today made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/502eiUyY2u — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 9, 2018 The cuts made sense since none of those guys were going to make the predicted roster Continue reading One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

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News from the wire about this coming offseason’s qualifying offer: Teams have been told that at the qualifying offer to free agents this offseason will be in the $18 million range, maybe $18.1 million. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 20, 2017 This is about a million dollars more than last Continue reading Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

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With the MLB Rule 4 Draft still about a couple months away, we can look back at my previous assessment of the Cubs’ resources for acquiring domestic talent: We can use the previous year’s draft slot values as a jumping point, although I’m fairly sure that each slot will go up Continue reading The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

Cubs Happenings Since the Last Time We Had Time To Blog

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It’s been a very busy time for us real life folks, and it’s getting to the busy time in the offseason for the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball, too.  After a stressful job as I try to reach dees keeds, and the shenanigans that happened just down the street Continue reading Cubs Happenings Since the Last Time We Had Time To Blog

Baseball Isn’t Dying, But Might Be Growing

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Given the rising salaries, the humongous TV deals, and this little fact after last night:   TV RATINGS: Over 334K Chicago mrkt homes (9.6 rtg at 9p) were watching Jake Arrieta's #Cubs no-hitter on @CSNChicago pic.twitter.com/OhTLfclJX8 — Jeff Nuich (@JeffNuich) April 22, 2016 I guess we don’t have to worry Continue reading Baseball Isn’t Dying, But Might Be Growing

The Looming CBA Negotiations

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With the current collective bargaining agreement expiring this coming December, we’re all on alert for how Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will negotiate the next CBA to maintain the long-standing labor peace.  Via the MLB Trade Rumors folks, I read the interview between the Associated Press and MLBPA head Continue reading The Looming CBA Negotiations

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

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Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as direct trading of draft picks like in other professional sports, Continue reading Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

The Tao of Tanking

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Earlier today, we posted on Facebook that at 33-52, the Cubs have only 77 games left in the season and need to win just about all of them to have a chance at the playoffs.  It’s tempting to think that the Cubs might enjoy the homefield advantage in the World Continue reading The Tao of Tanking