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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Under fire, baseball union may add legal firepower | NBC Sports Boston

This. The MLBPA has sold out younger players (including amateur, minor leaguers, and 1-3 year players) and made them even cheaper and more valuable. The middle class is now paying the price for their greedy, short-sighted, and simplistic thinking.

So the union surrendered the extra year. And then . . .

“Starting in the 1986 offseason, I started getting calls from all of these mid-level free agents,” said Orza. “[Guys] who aren’t getting offers, who aren’t getting jobs. Who eventually left the game. And they couldn’t understand why.

“And I had to explain to them: That what we had done in ’85 is, we made people who had two to three years of service much more valuable to the clubs. Because they could get the same [type of] player, but much cheaper now, ‘cause the [two- to three-year guys] didn’t have any [arbitration] rights.

“The number of players from zero years of service to three years of service in 1987 was 28.4 percent higher than the numbers of players in that same category in 1985. Where did those additional players come from? The guys whose jobs they were taking were the very guys who didn’t see how [the] fate of the salary-arbitration eligibles [affected] them.”

Orza sees a similarity today.

“What’s happening now is the Players Association has made young players, very young players, extremely attractive to clubs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2018 at 04:54 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency, mlbpa

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Castrovince: Modern prospects playing key role

I can understand how individual players could miss this trend. How the MLBPA didn’t grasp the importance of this change is beyond me? Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr would have grasped the importance of macro movement on this level.

“Basically,” wrote an AL executive in an e-mail, “the gap between Major League veterans being a ‘known commodity’ and Minor League players being ‘unknowns’ may be shrinking due to a greater ability to study and analyze the Minor League game.”

Another executive, who also preferred to speak anonymously, said the costs of arbitration and free agency are a driving factor.

“The current volume of productivity among rookies or young players in general is a result of a significant uptick in real opportunity, stemming from mostly financially-driven strategies by front offices that are getting smarter and smarter,” the exec said. “The fact that these players have generally proven quite capable at an early stage in their careers is likely to be a large contributing factor to the current market malaise.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 05:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mlbpa

MLB players, teams face FA standoff despite Cain deal

Wishful thinking for the players.

All of it is part of a bigger battle to come, one that is going to define the short remainder of this offseason, hang over the 2018 season and come to a head next November. The animus is strong, the players fixing for a fight, ownership inviting one. It’s real enough that one executive this week wondered if the sides might consider opening up the collective-bargaining agreement in the near term and giving the union financial concessions in exchange for labor peace beyond the pact’s current Dec. 1, 2021 expiration date.

It’s an idea certainly, and even if it’s unlikely, it shows the danger of where the sides are today. Just because Lorenzo Cain cashed in doesn’t change baseball’s fundamental problems. The staring contest endures, for the foreseeable future and beyond, and nobody’s eyes seem to be getting tired.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2018 at 05:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa

Monday, January 22, 2018

The MLBPA Is Failing Its Players

The MLBPA has been selling out amateurs and minor leaguers for decades. The acts were incredibly short-sighted. It shouldn’t be shocking that smart front offices want to build using cheap young players instead of more expensive veterans.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2018 at 07:45 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pitch clock likely coming to MLB in 2018 after union rejects latest pace-of-play plan

. A 20-second pitch clock has been used in the minors—pitchers who take too long to throw a pitch are charged with a ball, and hitters who are not in the box in time are charged with a strike—and it has cut down on the overall time of game dramatically.

Calling all Traditionalists and Innovators:  Fight!

Srul Itza Posted: January 18, 2018 at 06:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, history, mlbpa

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Restricted Free Agency Could Benefit Players | FanGraphs Baseball

This isn’t a good idea for a small-market team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, mlbpa

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shohei Ohtani MLB posting deal reached |

As first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and subsequently confirmed by with multiple sources, the MLBPA wanted MLB and NPB officials to change certain aspects of the agreement, including a shorter window for players to be posted that would be less disruptive to the pace of the domestic free-agent market, as well as a rule that would prevent NPB teams from keeping a player if teams are unsatisfied with the size of the MLB contract (and, in turn, the amount of “commission” it would receive in the transfer).

Officials reached a compromise early on Tuesday that addresses the union’s concerns on the “pull back” provision for NPB clubs, according to sources. A breakthrough occurred when NPB dropped its request for “pull back” rights in exchange for a graduated release fee structure. NPB’s posting club receives a 20% posting fee on the first $25 million, 17.5% on the next $25 million and 15% on all amounts above $50 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rosenthal on latest with Ohtani |

At least this is better than getting behind the pay wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani, video




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