Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Very good stuff.
As explained in this series of posts, Matt Swartz has developed a very accurate model for MLBTR to project arbitration salaries. We’ve heard from many MLB teams and agencies that reference the projections in their work. By my count there are 214 remaining arbitration eligible players. Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with our projected salaries, or click below to see everything. For thoughts on each arbitration player, click the team name to see the associated Arbitration Eligibles post.
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 05:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, August 09, 2013
So while there are 48 games remaining on the 2013 schedule, there is growing attention now on 2014 and questions about what general manager Mike Rizzo will need to do to his roster between now and next Opening Day.
With that in mind, it’s probably worthwhile to take a look at the contract status for everyone on the current roster (plus a couple of key players currently in the minors). These statuses will play a significant factor in Rizzo’s decision-making process over the remainder of this season and heading into the offseason…
Pertinent to the recent Thomas Boswell thread discussing the avenues open to the Nationals this coming offseason, the better to prepare for their inevitable World Series run in 2014 of course.
Friday, July 26, 2013
[Fredric R.] Horowitz, a lawyer for nearly four decades and a seasoned arbitrator, is knowledgeable about the game, falling somewhere between “a casual fan and a junkie,” as one friend put it. He roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and each year, when the National Academy of Arbitrators meets for its annual conference, Horowitz is typically part of a group that takes in a ballgame in the host city.
And while he’s unknown to fans, he’s quite familiar to baseball executives and the players’ union, having served on salary arbitration panels that determine how much a player should be paid when he cannot come to terms with his team. Since 2008, he has ruled in a number of such cases, including those of Dan Uggla, Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez.
Posted: July 26, 2013 at 06:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, June 15, 2013
If a player is suspended as a result of the Biogenesis probe and appeals the decision, the case will go to the current arbitrator. Das said the arbitrator’s role is to judge the ultimate fate of any player suspected to be in violation of baseball’s joint drug agreement, and the arbitrator’s decision is not likely to be challenged outside of baseball.
“Baseball, like most other private employment collective bargaining, is covered by federal law,” Das said in a recent telephone interview. [...]
Baseball’s new arbitrator is Californian Frederic R. Horowitz. He may soon have multiple cases arising out of Biogenesis. He has worked in arbitration since 1989, including salary arbitration hearings in baseball. “Fred Horowitz, in my opinion, is a top-notch arbitrator,” Das said, “and I’m sure he’s up to the task.”
Posted: June 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In 1985 the players, in a rare major concession to the owners, agreed to change the arbitration eligibility from two years of major league service to three. After the union’s younger members expressed their outrage at the change, the union, in the 1990 negotiations, got the time needed changed.
The 17 percent of the players who had the most service between two and three years would be eligible for arbitration. They became known as the Super 2’s. In the last negotiations, in 2011, that group was changed to 22 percent.
The clubs, however, didn’t change their strategy. Their goal was to keep their players out of the group. They achieve their goal by restricting service time, and they do that by delaying callups. [...]
In the weeks that ended May and began June this season, 86 young players were summoned to the major leagues. Some had been there before; the vast majority had not. The timing of the promotion of the brand new guys raised no suspicion and no suggestion that clubs had sacrificed their integrity and their chance to win a few more games, perhaps even a place in the post-season playoffs.
Integrity, however, was a serious issue. If a team has a player in the minors who could help it win games – Puig is a prime example – and he is kept on the farm to delay his time for arbitration eligibility, the team is cheating its fans, its other players and itself. The idea is to win, and winning requires the use of your best players [...]
Rick Shapiro, a union official, said he thought there were examples of the manipulation issue. “The most prominent,” he said, “is Zack Wheeler, who reports say will be called up in a few days. The Mets say they’ll call him up when he’s major-league ready.”
A club executive said he didn’t think the matter was relevant anymore because clubs were signing good young players to multi-year contracts before their arbitration years.
“That’s my impression, too,” said David Prouty, the union’s general counsel. But he added, “We’ve looked at it. We haven’t come to any conclusions.”
Asked about the issue, Rob Manfred, MLB’s top labor executive, said, “All I can tell you is there’s been little or no discussions about this in the industry.”
Posted: June 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
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