October 31, 2012

The New Baseball Offseason System:
Fangraphs explains the new world of qualifying offers, average salaries, and what is going to happen in the next week or so.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:47 PM - 3 comments

James Loney is also ineligible, because he was included in a mid-season trade, and is bad. Bad players are not literally ineligible, but they are effectively ineligible.


posted by Rock Steady at 03:22 PM on October 31

Thanks for the link, grum.

posted by DudeDykstra at 11:00 PM on November 02

The New Baseball Offseason System

...and because of this, David Ortiz finally got Boston to give him something a bit closer to what he deserves. Without the threat of having to give up multiple draft picks, other teams will be more aggressive in free agency. The minimum qualifying salary is rather too high for many of the available players, but for those of Ortiz's quality it is reasonable. The difference is that teams losing a free agent get only a sandwich pick (since Boston no longer has Bobby Valentine to deal with, the sandwich will not be a wrap) at the end of the first round. This is not a particularly good year in the free agent market, so those who are available should expect to profit.

posted by Howard_T at 03:06 PM on November 03

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