Friday, August 30, 2013
The union believed they were weaponizing guarantee language to use against the players. Maybe this was excessive worry, but even with nearly two decades of labor peace, the union refuses to trust in whatever the best intentions of teams may be. Just as players would look to exploit loopholes to their advantages, teams would do the same.
And in this case, the union believed this sort of guarantee language was leading to an unthinkable place, one where teams are going to try to turn a baseball contract into a football contract….
Take, for example, section C(2) of the Cubs’ guarantee language. It says the Cubs may convert a player’s contract “If Player is injured in any Prohibited Activity.”
The prohibited activities are as follows:
“(A)uto racing, motorcycling, piloting, co-piloting, learning to operate, or serving as a crew member of, an aircraft, being a passenger in a single engine airplane or private plane, hot air ballooning, parachuting, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, horseback riding, horse racing, harness racing, fencing, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, jujitsu, any other form of martial arts activity, use of an All Terrain Vehicle (‘ATV’), skiing (water or snow), snowmobiling, bobsledding, luging, ice hockey, ice boating, field hockey, squash, spelunking, basketball, football, softball, white water canoeing or rafting, kayaking, jai-alai, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, rodeo, bicycle racing, motor boat racing, polo, rugby, rodeo, handball, volleyball, in-line or other roller skating, surfing, hunting, paddleball, racquetball, archery, wood chopping, mountain climbing, boating, any weightlifting not prescribed by or approved in advance by Club (said approval not to be unreasonably withheld), participation in the ‘Superteams’ or ‘Superstars’ activities (or any like activity) or other made-for-television or made-for-motion picture athletic competitions, or any other sport, activity, or negligent act involving a reasonably foreseeable substantial risk of personal injury or death.”
Twerking, apparently, is the only thing a baseball player is allowed to do.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It started with a small question. Scott Boras turned the conversation into a dissertation on the future of baseball’s economic structure and how it could lead the Nationals to sign client Bryce Harper – without ever mentioning his name – to a 12-year contract.
Boras and several members of his staff will spend the next three days at Nationals Park, a routine visit with their many clients and with the Nationals’ front office. Boras held court with reporters next to the Nationals’ dugout and broached the idea, in an abstract yet clear manner, of the Nationals keeping their young stars – Harper and Stephen Strasburg – in Washington with unprecedented contracts.
Here’s hoping for that whopping $500M/12 monster contract for Hryce Barper!!
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.
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