Im on leave from work this week so Im hoping to get 3 fanposts on potential offseason moves as well as my mileage for work completed in addition to everything else. These are some important links if you want to understand how teams are run, everyone should read them.
Chasing the Rangers is a blog post by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about his attempt to first buy the Rangers outright and then win them at auction. It describes the process by which he was trying to separate bad assets from the bankruptcy proceedings as well as plans so Cuban could create a regional sports network in Texas (or bid Fox up to ungodly levels for the right to do the same) since Cuban would own both the Mavericks and the Rangers
The Pirates had their financials leaked to the media. Apparently they had to trade Aramis Ramirez to the Cubs because they were losing so much money but there is a lot of debate about whether or not the team should have paid their owners over $20m in 2008 when the team has had more consecutive losing seasons than any other in major American sports.
If you aren't Iglew and aren't an accountant but want to know what the hell all of this means I would check out the Biz of Baseball blog its fricking awesome.
The big thing that I took away from it is it looks like (from the Rays and the Angles) that the payout of making the playoffs is significantly less than I thought it was and that the Marlins spend far more on player development than anyone else released. Maybe thats why they consistently have good cheap young cost controlled players. HINT HINT BILLY.
Also Dudes in Japan have created baseball playing robots... We're all going to die (but at least Pirates owners will do so with $20.4m more!)
And If you still haven't read the Biz of Baseball link you are fricking lame