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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MLBPA boss Tony Clark admits issues with minor-league pay, but actions lacking - CBSSports.com

Actually only some of them will become members. For the most part, those who do stop caring about minor league wages. So, when you read someone railing about the owners on the issue, make sure to make the point about the MLB players walking lockstep with them on the issue.

As Clark himself said, “Invariably those are guys are going to become our members.” It’s time to treat them as such.

I spoke to Clark off the record following his talk in front of the BBWAA members at large. I’ll fulfill my promise to keep our chat off the record, but will say this: Behind the scenes, there have been discussions on how to solve the problem of sub-poverty wages for minor-leaguers. Absorbing the approximately 4,500 players who toil in the minors at any one time into the MLBPA isn’t on the table. But alternative methods to offer help have been put forth.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, tony clark

Friday, July 07, 2017

Dreaming of A Free Amateur Market – The Hardball Times

Wrong? Doesn’t the writer know about the Luxury Tax system? Also, MLBPA collectively bargains with the owners. They have not demonstrated the desire to increase the size of the pie for minor leaguers.

But as Miller pointed out, that logic was flawed in the first place, and since the institution of free agency, it has been exposed as entirely wrong. That leads me to ask: What if we abolished the draft and instituted true amateur free agency for all prospects? What would the baseball world look like then?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New rules change Trade Deadline strategy | MLB.com

For a selection to be awarded between the first round and Competitive Balance Round A of the 2018 MLB Draft, three conditions must be met:
1. The team that loses the free agent is a revenue-sharing recipient, based on its revenues and market size. (Under MLB rules, teams from many larger markets are disqualified for revenue sharing.)
2. The free agent rejects a qualifying offer during a 10-day period after the World Series.
3. The amount of guaranteed money in the player’s new, free-agent contract is at least $50 million.

According to industry sources, 16 of Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs currently meet the first of those qualifications: alphabetically, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

That’s relevant to the trade market, because general managers of those teams can (theoretically) retreat to the classic late July rejoinder: “I’m not trading my star for your B-level prospect. I’ll make the qualifying offer in November and collect my Draft pick after the first round.” (For a full breakdown of the qualifying offer rules, click here.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, trade rumors

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Restricted Free Agency, Anyone? | FanGraphs Baseball

Salary arbitration in conjunction with free agency has treated the players quite well over the years. With exploding revenues and smarter front offices, however, the players’ share of the pie has been getting smaller. No matter what changes get made to 4-6 year players, without a higher luxury cap, the players’ share will continue to get smaller. Nevertheless, it might be a good time to think about moving from the current arb system to a restricted free agency model for 4-6 year players. How? I like the solution proposed by Adam Dorhauer on HardballTimes.com last year. It’s relatively simple but gets rid of the funky current system with a market driven approach which seems to balance the needs of owners and players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics, salary arbitration

 

 

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