Getting Past the Knee Jerk Reactions to Baseball’s New CBA

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Even in peace, MLB finds a way to get bruised. Instead of focusing on the unprecedented 21 years of labor peace that will result from yesterday’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the focus of many, if not most, has been on elements of the...

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What The Yankees Should Be Thankful For This Year

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

To some of us, it might seem like being a member of the New York Yankees is a cakewalk.  Getting paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living, playing that game for the most well-recognized team in the history...

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New CBA Prospect Rules Part 1: Why It's The Worst Possible System, and Why It Happened

By now, you’re probably a little bit familiar with the new CBA deal. Outside of the new rules for international signings and the draft, it’s a pretty good document. Some long-needed things like a defense for gay and lesbian players, HGH testing, 26-man Doubleheader rosters, luxury tax tweaks and changes to the free agent compensation...

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How the new CBA shrinks baseball’s talent pool

First, let me put on my contrarian hat and say that I think people claiming that legitimate two sport athletes will now choose college football or basketball over professional baseball are probably really overstating the case. It’s true at the margins that baseball needs to worry about this potentially happening now, but as far as the truly elite athletes go, baseball is still the rational sport to play. Top picks in the draft can still expect to get nine figure signing bonuses, which is obviously more than you can make in college sports and outstrips the value of the full ride scholarships available in football and basketball. And since the new system caps spending through a total pool of money instead of hard slots by draft position, the elite of the elite in the draft will likely still command hefty bonuses. In other words, though it may push their bonuses down, the Joe Mauers and Bubba Starlings of the world will still get a lot of money to sign with a professional baseball team and, for them, baseball remains the rational choice over football, from a financial standpoint.…

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Phil Hughes And The Hard Lesson Of Prospect Hugging

Phil Hughes, master of packing on mass

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I’m usually pretty good about letting things go when it comes to the Yankees (except some of Joe’s bullpen moves and...

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