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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Eric Helland

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The introduction of free agency in the 1970’s granted veteran players bargaining power, which lead to more lucrative contracts. Such contracts are hypothesized to influence the actions of players during years of free agency. Statistics suggest player performance increases during the contract year, yet experiences a quick decline in the years following the signing. The intent of this paper is to perform multiple studies upon the contract year within Major League Baseball, provide speculation regarding performance deviation during this timeframe, and determine whether contracting long-term is necessary for a team to compete.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.