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Major League Baseball is a meritocracy, except when it comes to blue chip prospects. Instead of promoting the most talented young players when they are ready for the big leagues, many teams conveniently wait a few extra months. These clubs usually attribute the delay to “seasoning”, but in such cases, their patience isn’t a virtue. […]

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Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have reached a new posting agreement apparently designed for one purpose: thwart the Yankees and other free spenders from signing Masahiro Tanaka. However, a careful examination of the details suggests the resolution could come back to haunt the small market teams who reportedly pushed for its implementation. Under […]

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Bud Selig is about to use the nuclear option on Alex Rodriguez. Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is mostly very specific in its delegation of power, but there is a broad clause that grants the commissioner authority to mete out justice that he, alone, believes is in the best interest of the game. Since Judge Kenesaw […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) Everyone has been reading the tea leaves since Robinson Cano replaced baseball super agent Scot Boras with an agency fronted by music mogul Jay-Z. Most have interpreted the move to mean Cano desperately wants to the remain in the Bronx, so much so that ditching Boras indicates […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) Leave it to Bud Selig to crash his own party. By all but the most cynical accounts, the World Baseball Classic has been a success, and, in no region has that been more true than the Caribbean. As Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic get ready to […]

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Should the Yankees try to sign Robinson Cano to an extension before the season? Following comments from Hal Steinbrenner that alluded to preliminary negotiations with the All Star second baseman, that question has been foremost on the minds of the team’s legion of fans. The best answer is the Yankees should have re-signed Cano last […]

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Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal wrote about a potential flaw in the Yankees’ plan to dip below the luxury tax threshold in 2014 (click here for a detailed breakdown, which includes estimated potential savings). According to Rosenthal, baseball’s overall financial strength is conspiring to limit the potential savings the Yankees could enjoy under the CBA’s new […]

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