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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Tracking the Market

Yesterday, I posted a small sample of what the current free agent market looked like. There was a small mathematical error in it, but at least the premise was solid. I was attempting to determine the value GM's were placing on free agents, using the all-encompassing stat WARP. With the signing of Troy Percival today, and the Cory Lidle signing yesterday, I've got a slightly better picture.

On average, GM's are paying $1.13M per win over replacement level. I'm keeping a spreadsheet, and will keep you updated as the market progresses.

This post, over at USSMariner, examines the same thing, but includes a small "quote" from a member of a baseball front office who makes it seem like maybe(hopefully) not everyone will be grossly overpaid.

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I just found this article, by studes, over at harball times about how players age, their contracts, and Brian Sabean. It included this little nugget,
As I understand it, Vizquel will be paid a base salary of $2.5 million next year and $2.4 million the following two years. He'll get about half of his $3.75 million bonus in 2007, and the rest will be deferred until 2008 and 2009, which lowers the overall cost of the contract.
You see that sox fans, that's a deferred contract. I can't stand hearing a fan complain about the cheap ownership trying to defer the cost of a contract, and then in the next breath say look how much Team "B" paid for player "A". They all do it.

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The hits just keep coming. I found this piece, by Scott Long, over at "Will Carrol Presents..." about the White Sox fascination with the latin ball player.