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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

How MLB’s New International Rules Change The Game | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler has written some really good stuff about the International Draft and the CBA. This is another good one.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international free agents

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Juliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?

Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 04, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, labor relations, mlbpa, owners

MLBPA boss Tony Clark breaks down the CBA | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal talks to Tony Clark about the new CBA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cya, mlbpa

Friday, December 02, 2016

MLB, MLBPA announce new Labor Agreement | MLB.com

Another overview of the deal. You can read all the details here.

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly issued details of the tentative new five-year labor agreement that will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2021 season. The parties agreed to the terms of the pact, which is subject to ratification by both sides, on Wednesday, November 30th, prior to the December 1st expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Rays pretty much strike out in MLB’s new labor deal

“Disappointed in what we’ve seen so far,” Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said. “I’m not optimistic about the CBA in terms of helping us as a lower-revenue club.”

The Rays had hopes, as they did in the last CBA negotiations and the one before that, for some assistance.

Specifically, they have been seeking draft reform, a change in the system that would give them more picks, or higher picks, or, even better, more higher picks based on their market size and revenue totals, rather than just on win-loss record. Simpler: They don’t feel the Cubs or Red Sox or Yankees should get their pick of better talent just because one had a bad year on the field.

“Lower revenue clubs face a lot of obstacles, especially when it comes to talent acquisition,” Silverman said. “We can’t go out and spend like other clubs, so we need to find other avenues to be able to acquire that talent. We’ve looked for additional access on the amateur side, on the international side, and there haven’t been any major changes in the last 10 years. And, in fact, the revenue disparity between clubs has grown by an immense amount.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collective bargaining agreement, labor, rays, revenue sharing

How the new CBA is helping the Yankees | New York Post

Some reports have suggested some parts of the new CBA will hurt big market teams. Maybe some of those drags on payroll will be offset by changes like this one. We’ll see how it all plays out.

Yet, two factors in the new CBA help the Yankees regarding the luxury tax, which moves from $189 million to $195 million for the 2017 season. It will be $197 million in 2018, $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020 and $210 million in 2021, the final year of the deal.

First, the previous CBA had a multiplier system based on teams’ market size, payroll ranking and past history of revenue growth. The Yankees were ranked first in the multiplier system, which helped determine luxury tax, but that system has been eliminated in the new CBA.

Second, since the Yankees built and operate their own stadium, they get a tax shelter.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, yankees

The inside details from baseball’s fascinating new CBA

Jeff Passan provides some details on what looks to be a much more complicated deal.

If a revenue-sharing payee loses a player it gave a qualifying offer to a contract for $50 million-plus, that team receives a pick right after the first round and for under $50 million after the second. Teams over the luxury tax don’t get a pick until after the fourth round. The rest of the teams are given picks after the second or third rounds. If a team receiving revenue sharing signs a qualifying-offer player, it forfeits a third-round pick. The in-between team gives up a second-round pick and $500,000 in international bonus money. And the team over the luxury tax? Well, it has every reason to be frightened: It surrenders second- and fifth-round picks, plus $1 million in international money. And if it happens to be a team more than $40 million over the threshold, its first-round draft pick automatically falls 10 spots from its original location, too.

For teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, this makes for a paralyzing decision, one that has the ability to stifle their spending. Whether it will, of course, depends on market dynamics that are near impossible to forecast, but the penalties on teams exceeding the luxury tax may put a governor on those on the cusp of it, which would only exacerbate the potential lack of spending.

Complicating matters more is the evergreen issue of how high- and low-revenue teams coexist. Cleveland was the only team with a sub-$100 million payroll last season to make the playoffs. The other nine had payrolls among the league’s top 14 and spent at least $135 million. A nightmare scenario for baseball is an oligarchy, where the rich benefit the most from the rules. Indeed, with the elimination in this agreement of the so-called “Performance Factor” – a multiplier on local revenue that cost the highest-earning teams the most in shared money – the Yankees stand to benefit more from the new deal than perhaps any team. The Cardinals, a big-revenue team that gets extra international dollars and draft picks because of their small market, are a close second.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Why baseball’s new CBA could ultimately hurt the players | FOX Sports

It’s tough to feel bad about major leaguers when international players and minor leaguers aren’t considered.

One thing is clear: The union agreed to greater spending limits, for both major leaguers and international amateurs, than ever before. It’s reasonable for some agents to be concerned about where this CBA will lead. We just don’t know the full impact yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 07:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

MLB owners, players’ union reach agreement on new 5-year labor contract

Jayson Stark has more details on the deal.

Update from Stark:

Teams that lose a free agent who rejects a qualifying offer will still get a draft pick. The details: For most teams, that pick would be a sandwich pick immediately following the competitive-balance picks that are awarded after the second round. However, if that team comes from the 15 smallest markets and is receiving revenue-sharing money, and it loses a free agent who signs a contract worth at least $50 million, that pick would follow the first round. And if the team losing that player is over the luxury-tax threshold, the pick would follow the fourth round. follow the fourth round.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FAQ: What’s at stake as MLB’s labor deal approaches midnight - Jayson Stark Blog- ESPN

Jayson Stark’s take. A hard cap on international signings would seem to be a reasonable giveback for the players. The luxury tax threshold, although contentious, seems to be a solvable problem.

I will remain optimistic that both sides will see the value of being sensible.

What are the big issues standing in the way of a deal?

The players have pushed for an end to the system that forces teams to give up a No. 1 draft pick if they sign a free agent who has turned down a qualifying offer. Sources say the owners are willing to agree, but naturally, they want something significant in return.

For weeks, owners have floated the idea of an international draft as a means to control bonuses for foreign-born players. But multiple sources say they backed off that demand in the past 48 hours, and are willing to substitute a revised system involving bonus pools that teams would not be permitted to exceed.

So there were increasing indications that the biggest obstacle to an agreement will be changes to the luxury-tax system. It’s believed the sides remain far apart on how much and how fast to raise the current tax threshold of $189 million—and on what the tax rate would be on teams that exceed it.

USA Today reported Tuesday that owners don’t want to raise the threshold in the first year of the agreement, and would like to increase it incrementally in future years. Players have asked for an immediate increase that reflects the sport’s steep rise in revenue over the past several years. So it would seem hard to believe that, with so much at stake, the sides can’t find a way to meet somewhere in the middle. But there are other moving parts, so anything is still possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

MLB players, owners continue labor negotiation | MLB.com

The proposed international draft has been taken off the table. The rest of this stuff should be resolvable with a little give and take.

Both sides said they were optimistic a deal could be reached even though several significant issues remain unresolved.
Among them:
• Luxury-tax threshold
• Draft-pick compensation tied to the signing of free agents
• A proposed international draft
• Roster sizes and days off
• Changes in the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
• Pace-of-play initiatives

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

MLB, players union meeting to hammer out details of collective bargaining agreement

CBA update. As I mentioned when I posted another article, I can see tying draft picks to going over the international pool as a compromise. I’m not sure I can see the players wanting to tie picks to the luxury tax. Of course, to get unfettered free agency and other perks, they will have to move on something.

The last big hurdle for MLB and the union in CBA talks is the competitive balance tax, sources said. Commonly referred to as a luxury tax, it is used by sports leagues to penalize teams that spend past a certain threshold, thereby theoretically leveling the playing field between large-market and small-market teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Monday, November 28, 2016

MLB Hot Stove: Teams may reportedly skip winter meetings if CBA talks continue to stall - CBSSports.com

Updates: I can’t see how a deal doesn’t get done.

This is crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Donald Trump’s tax plan could affect MLB free agency | SI.com

Some interesting info.

Jock Tax

In assessing state income tax variations in how teams pursue free agents, players’ representatives should consider the impact of “jock taxes.” As we have explained in other SI.com articles, a “jock tax” is a tax imposed by a state and municipality on the proportion of income attributed to athletes on visiting teams when they play games in that state or municipality. Put in its most basic form, a jock tax is an income tax levied on a visiting team’s player because he or she is playing a game there.

The jock tax is controversial because no similar mechanism is strictly enforced to tax other types of professionals in similar ventures, such as a physician or attorney who travels to another state or municipality for a business purpose. Jock taxes are also subject to change based on a host of factors, including political ones.

Bottom line: state tax lax variations matter and it probably makes sense to defer income to 2018-20.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nick Cafardo: What are the sticking points in baseball’s CBA talks?

This makes no sense at all.

I vote for steroid guys who I believe are Hall of Famers (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens). I believe Manny Ramirez is Hall-worthy, too, but he will not get my vote because of his repeated violations. The only thing I wrestle with is that Manny never tested positive until the final act of his career. I expect Jeff Bagwell and possibly Tim Raines to be elected this year. First-time nominee Ivan Rodriguez should reach in his first ballot, but suspicion of PED use will likely put him in the Mike Piazza category where he’ll have to wait a year or two. Vladimir Guerrero is also unlikely to get in on his first ballot, but will be strongly considered over time.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Heyman - CBA Talks Back On As Deadline Looms

Some on the players side also would prefer that first-year draft allotments are done away with so that the very top players, such as Kris Bryant a few years ago, can get closer to their true market value. Bryant received $6.7 million as the No. 2 pick of the Cubs, less than half the $15 million Stephen Strasburg got under the old system. But even a generous reading of the losses there pales compared to the qualifying offer system that MLB already has offered to eliminate.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 06:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Friday, November 25, 2016

MLB rosters should not be allowed to expand without restrictions | SI.com

Please give teams another option on the bench.

Baseball’s owners and players have talked about expanding rosters to 26 men as part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. If they do so without limitations on pitcher usage, it will be the worst thing to happen to the sport since Astroturf and threaten to end the game’s period of record growth.

I’ve been telling you for years that relief pitching is an internal threat to baseball’s appeal. The growing inventory of pitchers with high velocity, coupled with the industry-wide acceptance of analytics, is making for a brutally efficient system of run prevention but a decidedly less attractive entertainment option. Movies and games include more camera cuts and faster paced action as our eyes and brains are re-trained (or in the case of the younger generation, trained in the first place) for more stimulation more often. Baseball is moving in the inverse direction: it is played over a longer period of time with less action. Pitching changes add dead time and depress offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Talks progressing between MLB, union with lockout deadline looming

Jayson Stark with some optimism.

Two sources who had spoken with both sides told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they now sense there is “a path to a deal,” following negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night.

Owners and the players’ union have been hung up for weeks over several major issues, most notably an international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.

Owners had begun making preparations for a potential lockout of the union, sources said, if there was no significant progress before the current collective bargaining agreement expires Dec. 1.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Monday, November 21, 2016

M.L.B.’s Prosperity Comes With Labor Peace, and Only Quiet Complaints - The New York Times

Tyler Kepner with an update.

“Over the last three negotiations, we have found a framework that has served the sport very well in terms of promoting competitive balance, promoting financial stability, allowing our players to continue to earn higher and higher salaries,” he said. “And within that framework, there’s a lot of ways to turn the dials to produce adjustments and change that need to be made. And I think that framework will prove to be durable over time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Major League Spending Trends: The Draft Bonus Pool – The Hardball Times

I’m not sure where the problem is. If you set up a rule with a limit and have no penalty for exceeding the limit by a certain amount, the actual limit is the point where you pay no penalty.

The slotting system works. It has limited spending.

Theory 3 appears to be the most plausible, then. Teams are pushing the limits of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s bonus slot punishment format. There is simply not a large enough disincentive to prevent organizations from going up to that 5 percent border and then cutting themselves off before they start losing future picks.

Thus, the trend is there. Teams are increasingly disregarding MLB’s bonus slot recommendations. The questions now lie in the future: How will teams act in respect to draft bonus slots and how might the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement change to inflict harsher penalties for going over budget — or will it even wipe out the slot concept as a whole?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Saturday, November 19, 2016

CTBNL - Good News Bad News On Roster Size Shakeup

Steven Goldman talks about roster sizes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes | FOX Sports

A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you.

The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations.

Under the current rules, teams on Sept. 1 increase their 25-man active roster to the entire 40-man roster. The new limit likely would be 28, and the rules would permit teams to swap out players, though not on a daily basis, one source said.

Numerous major-league executives long have sought a reduction in September roster sizes; the current rules create different playing conditions for the final month, enabling teams to use a seemingly endless supply of players, including parades of relievers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

A Roadmap for a Potential MLB Work Stoppage | FanGraphs Baseball

The Walking Dead version of the current labor negotiations.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MLB: CBA Negotiation Overview, Revenue, Schedule and the Qualifying Offer | FOX Sports

I didn’t realize the players’ share of revenue has dropped that low. According to the article, MLBAM is a big reason. Anyway, read the whole thing.

In 2016, Major League Baseball’s gross revenues nearly reached the $10 billion dollar mark, and according to Kevin Hisey of Field of Greens, Nathaniel Grow of Fangraphs reported that in 2014 the MLBPA received just 38 percent of the league’s gross revenues, the lowest share it has ever received. By comparison, in the early 2000s the MLBPA was receiving nearly 55 percent of the league’s gross income for any given operating year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Monday, November 14, 2016

Baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end | FOX Sports

So, let me get this straight, 10 players received qualifying offers this year. 10. So Kenny thinks it’s much better to screw over all international free agents in order to help 10 players? That doesn’t seem like a nice big-picture solution. Wouldn’t it be better for the players to concede on another issue to get this changed?

The owners will want significant concessions from the players to effectively grant them unrestricted free agency, something that never has existed in baseball. Well, the players should yield, starting perhaps with the international amateur draft, which might be difficult for the owners to implement even if they succeed in making it part of the CBA.

Draft-pick compensation was part of the first CBA to include free agency, the 1976 agreement that followed a decision by arbitrator Peter Seitz to nullify baseball’s reserve clause. The concept should not be eliminated entirely; the compensation should just be indirect. In other words, the team that loses a qualified free agent still should be awarded a pick. The signing team, however, should not lose one.

What better alternative is there?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

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