First Pitch: Are the Free Agent Deals Really That Crazy?

We’ve seen some crazy deals this off-season. Angel Pagan received four years and $40 M. Shane Victorino signed today for three years and $39 M. You could even argue that Russell Martin’s two years and $17 M deal seems high. I started looking at the deals that have been signed this year, comparing them to last year. My theory was that this year would produce a higher cost per WAR, all due to the additional revenue that will...

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The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays 2008-10

This is the 4th and final article in a series of articles examining how small payroll teams have found success in recent years. The goal is to try and determine what methods were successful in an attempt for the Pirates to emulate them.

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