Monday, January 30, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, January 30, 2023 -- "Bargain Shopping and the Pirates"

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"I’m thinking about this today because of the Pirates’ offseason, which seems like a decent example of what some teams would do if forced to meet some arbitrary payroll minimum under the current compensation structure. Coming off their second straight hundred-loss season and third straight season of sub-.400 baseball, the Pirates have raised their payroll by 20%, mostly with a series of one-year contracts for veterans."