What Gets Paid? Analyzing the Major League Baseball Contract Market

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2017-05-10

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Pollack, Brian

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Roberts, James W

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This paper aims to assess the efficiency of the Major League Baseball contract market in the past decade, given that teams are employing more analytical approaches to player evaluation. First, analysis of team-level data reveals the most important determinants of run scoring and run prevention, respectively. Models of player contract value, controlling for player-specific variables and environmental factors, then determine what is most significantly rewarded on the free agent market. Overall, teams have identified the individual skills that are most important and compensated them accordingly, and there is evidence to suggest teams are becoming smarter about this in recent years.

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Pollack, Brian (2017). What Gets Paid? Analyzing the Major League Baseball Contract Market. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/14325.


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