Hardball Free Agency—The Unintended Demise of Salary Arbitration in Major League Baseball

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This article examines baseball salary arbitration, specifically though the lens of the 2008 and 2009 off-seasons, in the context of emerging baseball salaries over the past four decades. Part II of this article addresses the creation and developments of salary arbitration in MLB. Part III discusses the process and admissible criteria of salary arbitration as defined by the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2006. Part IV discusses the historical results of salary arbitration along with its perceived benefits. Part V explores current problems with salary arbitration. Finally, Part VI suggests proposals for improving the salary arbitration process for the next collective bargaining agreement in 2012.

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