Playing Favorites

About a month ago, trade rumors emerged that indicated the New York Yankees were the favorites to land Cliff Lee, with the return to Seattle centering around top catching prospect Jesus Montero.  The rumors got to the point where it sounded like a done deal, which made the trade to Texas, for Justin Smoak, a very surprising move. So what happened?  The Yankees were the favorites, and everyone thought it was a lock that they would end...

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2010 International Signing Period Preview

Last year at this time all of the talk was about Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect on the international market, who was believed at the time to almost be a lock to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a long summer filled with an age investigation, and a breakdown in communications between the Pirates and Sano’s agent, Rob Plummer, Sano ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins for about half a million more than what...

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What would a worldwide draft have looked like in 2009?

I noticed a bit of talk yesterday about a possible worldwide draft in baseball’s future.  First, there was a mention in Dejan Kovacevic’s Q&A on the PBC Blog.  Then, Ben Badler of Baseball America tweeted that a draft expansion would include more than just the Dominican, and that it would be a true worldwide draft. There would need to be some kinks to work out.  For example, at the time of the draft,...

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We all have internal values

Everyone has internal values, and it’s not just limited to one thing in our lives.  It determines how much we spend on a television, or whether we decide to purchase the movie channel packages from DirecTV.  Our internal value comes in to play when deciding if a small box of Lucky Charms is worth $4 when you can get twice as much of the same thing in Marshmallow Matey’s for the same price.  In fact,...

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The Final Word on Sano

On Tuesday I wrote that the Pirates got a raw deal on Miguel Angel Sano. Since that time, two important articles have come out, revealing a lot on the negotiations. The first article was by Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kovacevic recaps the entire timeline on Sano, from the time the international signing period began and the Pirates were the top bidders, all the way to the point where Kovacevic broke the news to...

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