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These games matter for the cities that host them. The games make money for the NHL hand over fist, but they are also financial boons for the local markets and economies.

Authentic Barry Church Jersey For a city like St. Louis, and a team like the Blues, the Winter Classic is more than money. There are two major league sports teams here, and both love their history. The Cardinals, with their eleven World Series championships and countless hall of famers, is one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball.

Many here have heard of the 40/60/80 rule for valuing a player¡¯s arbitration years. That is, in a player¡¯s three years of arbitration, he¡¯ll make 40% of his worth in the first year, 60% in the second year, and 80% in the third. That is outdated though. Great baseball blog The Point of Pittsburgh found that 25/40/62 was much more appropriate. The arbitration process doesn¡¯t make rulings based on public valuations of WAR though, so we¡¯re talking broad strokes here. Some skill sets are over-valued and under-valued by arbitration. Using MLBTR¡¯s projection for Carlos¡¯ first year of arbitration, and giving him raises commensurate with TPOP¡¯s averages, here¡¯s how Carlos¡¯ arbitration years stack up:

If you¡¯re still looking for a reason why the Cardinals guaranteed Lance Lynn his arbitration salaries ahead of time without getting any free agent years, this will do. According to this estimation, Lynn took about $5M less than what he would have received on average going year to year through the arbitration process. That seems like savings the Cardinals should have been interested in.