Found November 17, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
Ken Rosenthal had an article up on FOX Sports regarding how the Phillies will have a tough time re-signing Cole Hamels due to how the Phillies have managed their payroll structure. So let's shine some light on it.Let's take a look at how the Phillies payroll has grown over the last five seasons:2007: $89,428,2132008: $98,269,8802009: $113,004,0462010: $138,178,3792011: $165,976,381That's right: In only four seasons, the Phillies basically doubled their payroll. No other team has made a jump like Philadelphia has, trying to take full advantage of their infield core and push for multiple title runs. Now, they did win one World Series in 2008 (with Hamels as their rotation anchor, of all things) and have gone to three of the last four National League Championship Series, so if you base that as a success, seems like the plan has worked. But as basically all great payroll increases have shown in recent times, spending money doesn't breed a championship team so much as spe...

CBA Done

Ken Rosenthal reports that the new collective bargaining agreement is complete and will be announced Monday: The new agreement will not be perfect; several GMs already are livid over the new restraints on draft spending. Other details, including the creation of two additional wild-card playoff berths, also are certain to spark debate. But while reasonable people can disagree over...

MLB Players and Owners Reach New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the players and owners have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new deal is expected to be announced on Monday. Original Post 1:00 PM Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard some of the news that has surfaced from the MLB labor negotiations, but I didn’t hear many of the details. Thankfully, my roommate shed...

Players and Owners reach new labor deal

#bbpBox_137317230764498945 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_137317230764498945 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Sources: Baseball labor deal is done. Announcement Monday. #MLBabout 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@Ken_RosenthalKen Rosenthal #bbpBox_137318002591924224 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_137318002591924224 a...

Rosenthal: Pirates leaders for Clint Barmes

Ken Rosenthal tweets this afternoon that the Pirates appear to be the leaders to sign the services of Clint Barmes this winter to what would likely be a two-year deal. The Brewers and Giants are also in the mix. Barmes was a pretty good player for the Astros last year, turning in some impressive glovework at shortstop with just a hint of pop (12 homers). On the whole, though, I...

Pirates In The Lead For Barmes; Two-Year Deal Likely

The Pirates appear to be in the lead for Clint Barmes, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Giants and Brewers have also been involved, and the free agent shortstop is likely to get a two-year contract. Barmes, 33 in March, hit just .244/.312/.386 with a dozen homers for the Astros last season, but his primary value comes from his defensive skills. The various...

Papi In Baltimore, Prince In Italy, And Assorted Other Hot Stove Developments

Your roundup of all the hottest hot-stove items of the day (and whatever **** Ken Rosenthal is throwing against the wall). This is ... HOT ******* STOVE!!! More »

The Hot Stove Was Born 125 Years Today, And Other Exciting Hot Stove News

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Owners, Players Reach New CBA

The owners and players have settled on a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement which will be officially announced on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of (Twitter links).

Good Rumors About Reyes: Marlins offer him six year / $90 million contact, Hanley doesn’t want to move, Mets still in play

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Marlins offered Jose Reyes a six-year, $90 million deal. A source told Rosenthal about that deal and the Marlins declined go comment on it. The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Hanley Ramirez would not want to move to third base should Reyes sign with the Miami Marlins. According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez said, “I’m the shortstop...

Pirates Leaders For Barmes

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are the leaders for infield free agent Clint Barmes.  Rosenthal adds that the Giants and Brewers are both involved, and that a two year deal seems likely. We’ve heard the Pirates and Barmes linked together in the past, although it’s mostly been drawing the line between Barmes wanting a starting shortstop gig and the Pirates having...
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