The CBA ABCs: Salary Arbitration (feat. Jerry Blevins & Kevin Goldstein)

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With the imminent expiration of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what’s at stake for each side.

This week, they look at salary arbitration, tracing its roots back to the end of the reserve clause and outlining its occasionally-squishy boundaries. They talk with former reliever Jerry Blevins about his personal experience with the arbitration process and how players navigate the system. They also bring on Kevin Goldstein, current FanGraphs writer and former Houston Astros executive, to demystify the financial approach that organizations take to arbitration and the role that player evaluation has in it.

Follow Jerry Blevins on Twitter @jerryblevins

Follow Kevin Goldstein on Twitter @Kevin_Goldstein

Songs featured in this episode:

Joni Mitchell — “Both Sides Now” • The Beatles — “Come Together” • Stealers Wheel — “Stuck In The Middle With You” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

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