Topic: Free Agency

March 28, 2014

Mike Trout has been baseball's most valuable player over the last two years, and has been paid just a fraction of what he's worth. He could change that, and a lot of other things about how baseball works, if he wanted to.

October 25, 2013

Yes, it's frustrating when NBA players insist on acting like reasonable people and sign the richest possible deals as free agents, context be damned. But there is a time and place for taking a discount. These particular examples are not at all examples of that, but still.

August 21, 2013

When the Nationals signed him to a nine-figure contract in 2010, Jayson Werth was just a highly questionable free agent signing. In 2013, Werth and his deal seem to represent the weird, wholesale stalemate of what should by rights be one of baseball's better teams.

July 12, 2013

The NBA free agent period has been as busy and spend-y as ever. But what's been most notable is how weirdly reasonable it has been. Can everyone here play this game?

December 14, 2012

Josh Hamilton has talked about giving away tens of millions of the $125 million he just received from the Los Angeles Angels in free agency. Could he really do that? And what might it mean if he did?

December 13, 2012

Everyone is getting paid. Some people are getting traded. The Mets ownership group is performing some sort of mean-spirited Dadaist prank on the very idea of baseball. Sam Horn springs fully formed and hungry for burgers from the head of David Raposa. Business as usual.

September 13, 2012

It has become a crucial part of free agent etiquette and basic not-seeming-like-a-jerk PR: players leaving a longtime team take the time and spend the standard rates to take out a newspaper ad thanking the fans they're leaving behind. It's a nice enough idea, but where did it come from?

July 11, 2012

After years of overpaying for scoring and height, it appears that NBA front offices have finally discovered  that although size does matter, it is skill that makes the ball go round. 

December 8, 2011

Pujols was the mega-prize of basbeall's offseason, its climax; Battier is the most notable NBA free agent to be linked to a new team, signaling that this frantic period of player movement has begun.