"Baseball's Bolshevik": Why The Martyrdom Of Curt Flood Still Matters

You're probably familiar with the story of Curt Flood, the ballplayer whose refusal in 1969 to accept a trade was the first major skirmish in the fight for free agency. You're certainly familiar with his legacy, which today alone hangs over the news of the NBA's media megadeal. Retro Report, via The New York Times,… » 10/06/14 1:13pm 10/06/14 1:13pm

Other Plan B's For The Cleveland Cavaliers To Consider

By trading Jarrett Jack in order to clear cap space today, the Cavs made it clear they're all-in on trying to get LeBron James. It's also being reported that if they miss out on James, their Plan B involves trying to sign Chandler Parsons or Trevor Ariza. Those are pretty sad plans! Here are some alternative Plan B's… » 7/09/14 1:37pm 7/09/14 1:37pm

How Much Will Mike Trout Get Paid?

Any theoretical negotiation starts from this premise: He is 22 years old, and already the best player in baseball. (And if not for Miguel Cabrera's existence, he'd be the best by far.) We have already accepted that the economics of Mike Trout can't rely on past data, because there's nothing comparable. But if he were… » 12/18/13 11:55am 12/18/13 11:55am

Robinson Cano Gets $240 Million From Mariners, Surprises Everyone

Well, that wasn't supposed to happen. After just about every baseball writer working had written off the Seattle Mariners' chances of landing Robinson Cano, news broke this morning that the Mariners had scooped up the prize of the 2013 free agent class with a 10-year, $240 million deal. Based on my calculations, that… » 12/06/13 12:08pm 12/06/13 12:08pm

Slim Thug Is Doing His Part To Get Dwight Howard To Sign With Houston

For a few NBA teams, the mad dash to sign Dwight Howard has begun, and the Houston Rockets have emerged as a frontrunner to land the free-agent big man. The Rockets already had Yao Ming and Hakeem Olajuwon do their part to get Howard to Houston, and now rapper and Houston native Slim Thug has taken to Twitter to court… » 7/01/13 4:41pm 7/01/13 4:41pm

100 Years Ago, Ty Cobb Had A Very Modern Holdout

It's not about money, it's about the principle. Or, No one player is bigger than the game. Sound familiar? Ty Cobb's holdout, over a matter of a few thousand dollars, was reported exactly 100 years ago to the day, in nearly the exact same language you'd hear in a modern contract dispute. Baseball truly is timeless. » 4/16/13 3:44pm 4/16/13 3:44pm