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Fall 2014


Each season, baseball fans and journalists alike identify which players are in the final years of their contracts because a lot rides on how the players produce in their “contract year.” Will a player boost his effort and performance in an effort to improve his value and bargaining power? Or will he crumble under the pressure? Or are players’ performances uncorrelated with where they stand in their contract cycles?


This article was first published in the Fall 2014 Baseball Research Journal, Volume 43, No. 2, pp. 78-85.