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Arbitrators May Break Corey Hart

Today marks the first day of actual baseball arbitration hearings.  Of the 44 players that exchanged salary figures with their organizations, 32 of them have come to an agreement, leaving 12 with the potential of going all the way to a hearing in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Most of those players will likely sign for a […]

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Johnny Damon Loves Octopus And The Red Wings

Is Johnny Damon getting more press as a free agent than he did with the most popular baseball team in America (the New York Yankees)?  Everyone is speculating that Damon will have to take less than the Yankees original offseason offer (speculated around 2-years, $19 million) if he hopes to play in 2010.  And he […]

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Major League Baseball: A Look from Both Sides of the Bargaining Table

Even Maury Ballstein from Zoolander would say that collective bargaining discussions are so hot right now.  We discussed the important collective bargaining issues for the NFL, NBA, and MLB at the 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium, but there is still a lot more that will come up before any deals are brokered between the leagues […]

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Warm With Money Between The Sheets

Sports agent Casey Close of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) had to love the small window between when Ben Sheets first hit the mound for a throwing session last week and when the CAA client signed with the Oakland A’s this past Tuesday. Not only was it a quick turnaround, but Close had Sheets sign a […]

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MLB Collective Bargaining Talks Begin

With so much talk about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations occurring within NFL and NBA circles, the MLB often gets left out of the discussion.  All three sports’ collective bargaining issues will be discussed this Friday at the 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium.  Anyway, the current MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on December 11, 2011. […]

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Blanton, Phils Avoid Arbitration

Joe Blanton agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Phillies. The deal comes at a perfect time since Blanton was scheduled for arbitration next month. I’m going to be completely candid; Blanton got a very good deal here. According to BaseballReference.com, he is compared to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. In 2009, […]

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Valverde Gets Paid

The Detroit Tigers and reliever Jose Valverde reached a deal on a two-year, $14 million contract Tuesday. A $9 million 2012 option is included in the deal. Valverde led the National League in saves in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Valverde was signed to fill the void left by Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon. Rodney […]

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Okajima, Red Sox Work Out a Deal

Hideki Okajima has been a very solid reliever for the Boston Red Sox, not just this past season but also in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Okajima had a 6-0 record with a 3.39 ERA in 61 innings pitched. Okajima was scheduled to go to arbitration after the 2009 season. However, he and the Red […]

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Josh Johnson And The Marlins Come To Agreement

I’ve spoken about it on the radio and wrote about it here on SportsAgentBlog.com.  Josh Johnson wanted a 4-year deal similar to the contract Zach Greinke received last year (4-years and $38 million).  The Florida Marlins would only offer a 3-year deal worth $23 million.  The gap seemed tremendous; something that would probably lead to […]

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No Arbitration Between Melky, Braves

Arbitration in the MLB can truly be a nightmare for teams. The Atlanta Braves recognized this and decided to come to an agreement with Melky Cabrera in order to avoid him going to arbitration. The Braves announced that they have agreed to a 1-year, $3.1 million deal with Cabrera. This was a good move by […]