Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts
Apr15

Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts

**Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote yesterday that MLB has quietly been slashing money for international players, while the draft bonus pools are rising. He points out that the average international pools have been rising by 1.2 percent. However, teams previously could sign six players for $50,000 or less without having those signings count towards their bonus pools. That is no longer allowed, which means that each team will have...

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First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense
Apr15

First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense

I can’t say that I’m too worried about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense. I don’t think they’re going to be a top offense in the league. I’m not saying that the string of home runs hit in that Little League park in Cincinnati is legit. I’m just saying that if you look at the offense, the positions you expected to perform aren’t performing. First you’ve got Andrew McCutchen, the MVP...

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Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona
Apr14

Prospect Watch: Willy Garcia Hits His Third Homer in Altoona

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and...

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Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds
Apr14

Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a tough week, getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend to drop to 2-4. That also saw a drop in their playoff odds across the board. At this point in the season, the playoff projections are going to be extremely volatile. A big week will see a big jump in the projected standings, while a bad week will see a big drop. As an example of how small sample sizes can dominate early season analysis,...

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Injury Updates: Tyler Glasnow, Harold Ramirez, Barrett Barnes
Apr14

Injury Updates: Tyler Glasnow, Harold Ramirez, Barrett Barnes

I don’t know if it’s due to all of the injuries this year, but I can’t remember a time while running this site when I’ve been swarmed by so many “is there an update on Player A?” questions. Generally, if you have to ask if there’s an update, that means there’s no update. That’s true even if a week or two has passed since the previous update. With that said, here are a few updates...

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