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I'm probably one of the few Astro fans who thinks he will benefit by more time in the minors.
There is considerable potential that we will regret not grabbing the $23 million while it was there for the taking.
No way Springer ever accepts a 7/23 offer. He would be 31 when it expires
But still, major league groupies, Springer. Factor them in!
Oops, I forgot to factor that into the equation, but I'm not up to speed on the latest studies on major league vs. replacement level groupies.
I'm not up to speed on the latest studies on major league vs. replacement level groupies.
Seriously, turning down that deal is foolish when it also means pushing back your ML debut and losing the chance to stop the team from ####### with your service time.
Tie free agency to years of pro service and this entire problem goes away.
If a 2011 college draftee were eligible for free agency after, say, the 2019 season, regardless of whether he had six-plus years of major-league service or five or two, the incentive to manipulate the clock would no longer exist, and teams would unreservedly graduate their best prospects the moment they proved ready, instead of extorting them to sign favorable contracts.
Tie free agency to years of pro service and this entire problem goes away
then in the fourth they have to put you on the 40 man roster or you can become a minor league free agent.
No, in this case you are subject to the Rule 5 draft.
No, the point is that if you are not taken in the Rule 5 draft, then you are not a free agent. Minor leaguers toil for six years iIRC before they can become free agents.
A player not on the 40-man roster and not taken in the Rule 5 draft remains under contract with his current organization. He can elect to become a minor-league free agent instead of being taken in the Rule 5 draft, but players want to be selected in the draft because it represents what could be a fast track to the majors, getting away from a team that does not believe he belongs on the 40-man roster.
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