Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Collusion Newsbeat

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dexter Fowler, Casey Close, Collusion and the Value of Information

Now, teams don’t even need to do the work of creating or maintaining an information bank. Every time a team source leaks a contract offer to a reporter, who then posts it to Twitter or a rumors blog, another piece of that same kind of information bank is gained by anybody with access to the internet. When injury information is added to the equation, it only creates a more sensitive situation for the player, particularly when the medical information is disputed as it was with Balfour, Hernandez, Sele and others.

This issue has come up multiple times over the course of the current collective bargaining agreement, which began in 2012 and will run out at the end of the current season. In 2012, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on multiple public statements that were close to crossing the line, including a “high-ranking” Rangers official telling USA Today his club didn’t plan to offer Josh Hamilton a contract longer than three years, Tony La Russa telling ESPN any contract over six years in length is “scary and dangerous,” and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski telling reporters Detroit would not be offering contracts to departing free agents Jose Valverde and Delmon Young….

So when Close railed against the Orioles and the media, this was not just the bitterness of an agent and his client watching money slip away. The players and the union fought for specific rules against the tactic that was deployed against his client. They fought for these rules because this kind of sharing of information, whether done in secret or done through the media, has caused substantial damage to players’ earning power in the past. And it doesn’t particularly matter whether team officials are creating these leaks with the intent of damaging a player’s market value; the impact is the same.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, collusion, dexter fowler, free agency

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Francis
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogCracked: Baseball Is Carefully Crafted To Skirt The Limits Of Human Ability
(3 - 3:54am, Sep 29)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogOTP 2016 Sep 26: A single for Donald Trump - He doesn’t have to hit a home run to send Hillary to the showers
(1203 - 3:30am, Sep 29)
Last: CrosbyBird

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-28-16
(130 - 3:03am, Sep 29)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogTheo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs
(23 - 2:10am, Sep 29)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogFan loses ring while proposing during game at Yankee Stadium
(5 - 1:50am, Sep 29)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogSteven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow
(3 - 1:35am, Sep 29)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogTigers rely on young pitchers in next 4 games | MLB.com
(10 - 1:27am, Sep 29)
Last: Cooper Nielson

Sox TherapyLooking Ahead - Playoff Roster
(25 - 12:08am, Sep 29)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogPete Rose petitions Hall of Fame for inclusion on ballots in lengthy letter
(33 - 11:47pm, Sep 28)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2016
(22 - 11:18pm, Sep 28)
Last: Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)

Sox TherapyThe Most Annoying Man In The World
(5 - 11:00pm, Sep 28)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Sox TherapyTen Moments That Won A Division
(1 - 10:59pm, Sep 28)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogTebow homers on first instructional league pitch
(35 - 10:23pm, Sep 28)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogHere Are The 2016 MLB Prime Time Television Ratings For Each Team
(13 - 9:25pm, Sep 28)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: August 2016 Soccer Thread
(627 - 9:11pm, Sep 28)
Last: madvillain

Page rendered in 0.8038 seconds
45 querie(s) executed