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Friday, February 15, 2019

Nightengale: Trevor Bauer’s radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone

As free agents have struggled to land long-term deals over the past two winters, the 28-year-old believes that signing only one-year contracts would make him affordable to all 30 teams, even with an annual price tag of at least $35 million.

“I’ll go year-to-year my entire career,” said Bauer, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season. “Why would you lock yourself in a situation that may not make you happy? I think that’s highly inefficient. Everybody is afraid of risk. Everyone is scared.

shoewizard Posted: February 15, 2019 at 04:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, free agency, trevor bauer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Astros SP Justin Verlander Says Free Agency System is ‘Broken’

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said MLB’s free agency system is “broken” on Monday, tweeting about the “100 or so free agents left unsigned.” The seven-time All-Star also noted the ongoing negotiations between teams and 26-year-old superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, both of whom remain unsigned with the first spring training games less than two weeks away.

It seems that these sorts of articles are piling up, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin verlander

Friday, February 08, 2019

WATCH: Mets’ Todd Frazier says ‘baseball is going in the wrong direction’

With only a few days left until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, there are still numerous free agents who have yet to reach a deal with a new team for the 2019 season. And Mets 3B Todd Frazier isn’t happy about it.

Speaking on “Mets Hot Stove” at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie, Frazier indulged on this offseason and the lack of teams pouncing on the top free agents still waiting on the market.

“These last two years this seems to happen where guys—you got over 100 guys still that haven’t signed. It’s s shame,” he said. “Baseball is going in the wrong direction with this and the fans want the best possible players out there and they’re not getting them. So our focus with the union and everything else, we got a lot of work to do.

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, this world is screwed up, todd frazier

Thursday, February 07, 2019

How To Save MLB Free Agency

So how would restricted free agency help beyond getting players to the market earlier? It should also increase their share of revenue.

Players with more than three years of service time but less than six are eligible for arbitration. The first year of arbitration eligibility is supposed to garner a player about 40 percent of their open-market value, the second year 60 percent, and the third year of arbitration approximately 80 percent, though that estimate does not always apply. While arbitration earnings are far greater than pre-arbitration salaries, which are typically near the minimum salary, they are still short of market value.

The type of restricted free-agency system that owners attempted to implement in 1994 seems increasingly beneficial to players today. That system could have made young star Francisco Lindor a 25-year-old free agent this winter and Mookie Betts a 25-year-old free agent last winter.

While clubs would likely fight today against something they proposed a quarter-century ago, free agency isn’t working as intended for many players. The union might need to be more creative and dig in for change.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2019 at 05:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Monday, February 04, 2019

NYDN: Madden: The players destroyed free agency and now only a real cap can get baseball back on track

In all his fiercely fought labor negotiations Miller had with the owners in the ’70s and ’80s, he was steadfast in refusing to agree to anything that would chip away at the foundation of free agency, which he won for the players through an arbitration decision in 1975. It was always Miller’s contention that free agency had to be unencumbered and to put any sort of financial constraints on the large market teams would undermine the entire process.

But that is exactly what’s happened with this new collective bargaining agreement in which onerous tax rates of 20% are imposed for teams exceeding the luxury tax threshold the first time, 30% the second time and 50% the third time plus additional taxes for going over the $226 million and $246 million thresholds. Throw in the additional penalties of loss of draft picks and international signing money and, voila! Marvin Miller’s free agency could not be more encumbered.

Making matters worse for the players, the idea of revenue sharing creating more competitive balance in baseball hasn’t worked either. For the most part, the teams getting revenue sharing aren’t spending it on players, but, rather, putting it into player development (or in their pockets).

bobm Posted: February 04, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, labor relations, salary cap

Saturday, February 02, 2019

THT: Roster Movement Is Decreasing, and Teams Are Becoming More Homogeneous

Fans who wish to hearken back to a simpler time when players stayed in one place and never left may be getting their wish. Since 2004, the average number of teams a player plays for in his career has decreased by 14.5 percent, from 2.34 teams in 2004 to just two teams in 2018.

Below is a graph detailing how player movement has changed over time since 1947. Although still not at the levels we saw in the ’80s, the overall pattern of player movement across the major leagues has been trending downward since the mid-2000s.

With all the talk of collusion, and the relative coldness of the hot stove this offseason, I find this  fascinating and very relevant to the conversation. This article will seek to delve into the reasons for this change, which I believe is due to a litany of factors.

bobm Posted: February 02, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: age, free agency, rosters

Friday, February 01, 2019

With loads of MLB free agents still unsigned, how will it impact their season?

There are stars, bargains, and talent that’s in-between still remaining on baseball’s free agent market, even though it sometimes seems the pilot light has gone out on the Hot Stove season.

But does waiting too long to sign with a team negatively impact the kind of season a player figures to have? Neil Walker thinks so and has “the worst month-and-a-half of my entire career last year” to offer as evidence.

Walker signed with the Yankees on March 12 and had a lousy start to a subpar season, with his lack of a proper spring training at least partly to blame, the veteran says.

Tim Raines looks at this suggestion and scoffs.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, neil walker

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Astros owner: ‘I don’t know that you’ll see many 10-year deals in this business anymore’

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane confirms what everyone around the game has known for the past couple offseasons: Free agency has changed.

Crane spoke about this year’s slow free-agent market, saying he doesn’t believe 10-year deals are going to happen in baseball anymore.

Crane referenced both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado while making that comment to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer.

The bright side concerning a long, drawn-out strike: it might be what it takes for FOX to stop bidding on MLB and let someone who will treat the sport with dignity broadcast the World Series.

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agency, jim crane

Friday, January 25, 2019

MLB PLAYERS UNION HEAD TONY CLARK BLASTS SLOW FREE AGENCY

For the second consecutive year, prominent free agents remain unsigned with very little time remaining before spring training. And MLBPA head Tony Clark is not happy about it.

Clark ripped the slow process, comparing it to the pace of play arguments that have permeated through baseball in recent years.

When asked if his incompetence had helped to create this situation, Clark said “Look over there!” and ran out a side door.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mlbpa, tony clark

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Evan Longoria is latest MLB player to speak out against this year’s slow free-agent market

The rumblings of a potential major labor fight seem to be growing by the day. We’re less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and we’ve still got plenty of big free agent names left on the board (including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado).

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria took to Instagram on Friday to lament the current state of free agency. The 33 year old (who will be a free agent himself in 2022) said it’s “such a shame” that so many top players are still available.

 

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, free agency, instagram

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Source: White Sox offer to Manny Machado ‘was for less than 8 years’

Despite reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year offer to Manny Machado, their offer to the free agent infielder “was for less than 8 years and less money than has been reported,” a source has told NBC Sports Chicago.

The financial details of that offer are not completely known, but I’m told the White Sox have not changed their stance on either money or terms since making their initial offer, thought to be around $200 million.

Although it has often been projected that Machado could sign a contract north of 10 years and $300 million, a 7-year, $200 million offer, for example, would be comparable to the 7-year, $210 million contract Max Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals in 2015. At $30 million, Scherzer’s is the third highest average annual salary in MLB history. The offer to Machado would also come close to the 6-year, $206.5 million contract Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. Greinke’s $34.4 million average annual salary is tops in MLB history.

 

QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, manny machado, white sox

Monday, January 14, 2019

MLB free agency: Swellopt is the latest victory for mlb owners | SI.com

Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract before the 2018 season, with the Phillies retaining the option, after 2019, to add 2020 and 2021 to the deal. Kikuchi signed a four-year, $56 million deal earlier this month that allows the Mariners, after 2021, to tack on 2023, 2024, and 2025 for an extra $53 million total.

Scott Boras, the agent who negotiated all three deals, calls it a “swellopt.” He unpacked the etymology for Ken Rosenthal: “For the club, if the player performs well, the club can opt in (contract swells). For the player, if the club doesn’t opt in, the player has the choice to continue with contract (swell) or opt out. It’s a swell option for both.” A contractual provision by any other name would swell as… well, you get it.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, free agency

Phillies’ Jake Arrieta warns players coming up on new contracts: ‘You’re next’

Jake Arrieta wants players coming up on arbitration and free agency to be aware of what they’re getting into.

“All of you 1-3 yr players out there better be paying attention to what’s going on in our game,” he wrote Saturday on Twitter. “You’re next. @MLB.”

MLB has seen a significant decrease in free-agent contracts over the last two seasons, despite record revenue in 2018.

Note to self: Check back in 2021 and see if it looks like there will be a 2022 season.

QLE Posted: January 14, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jake arrieta

Saturday, January 12, 2019


MLB Rumors: ‘Mystery Team’ Involved In Manny Machado Sweepstakes

The Manny Machado sweepstakes were narrowed to two teams Friday, or so we thought.

The New York Yankees appeared to withdraw consideration for Machado’s services when they reportedly agreed to terms with veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu. Not to mention, a new report indicated not all Yankees executives were on board with the idea of bringing Machado to The Bronx.

As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency. But according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, it still might be a three-horse race to acquire the four-time All-Star.

Are your blindfolds on, panel?

In that case, we begin the questioning of our Mystery Team with Dorothy Kilgallen. Ms. Kilgallen?

QLE Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, manny machado, mysteries, rumors

Friday, January 11, 2019

MLB free agency is broken, and desperately needs to be fixed

Another glacial Major League Baseball offseason was briefly interrupted by a glimmer of hope Wednesday. One of the premier free agents had signed. Perhaps this would be the thing that finally opened the floodgates.

That joy faded the instant the contract terms were announced. One of the most coveted players on the free-agent market — a 30-year-old standout at a scarce position — took a one-year deal. It was yet another sign that baseball’s economy is broken, and desperately needs to be fixed.

Yasmani Grandal had plenty of reasons to be optimistic about hitting the free-agent market. Productive catchers rarely reach free agency. They are such rare assets that teams spring on any opportunity to lock them up to long-term extensions before they ever have a chance to leave. While he struggled in the postseason, Grandal did enough during his four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers to prove he was easily a top-5 catcher in baseball. Given the dearth at the catching position across the league, teams should have been lining up to sign him.

A discussion of the subject of free agency- really curious to see what your collective take on this is.

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yasmani grandal

Monday, January 07, 2019

Report: Justin Wilson drawing interest from multiple teams

Not as a pitcher- they’ve heard he makes a fine rice and gravy dish, and they’re all feeling rather peckish….

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin wilson

Friday, December 14, 2018

MLB rumors: A’s haven’t called free agent Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki grew up an A’s fan in Sunnyvale.

Now that he’s a free agent after the Blue Jays released him earlier this week, he’d love to come home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.

But it doesn’t look like that will happen.

On the one hand, Tulowitzki isn’t a player the As would logically want- on the other hand, it does seem like the only free agents Billy Beane signs are similarly inexplicable….

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agency, troy tulowitzki

Monday, December 10, 2018

Former All-Star Mark Teixeira says free agency can be a nightmare

“I’m just so glad I started my career pre-Twitter and social media,’’ Teixeira said, who chose the Yankees over the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels. “You’re really not supposed to be negotiating through the media. It’s part of the Hot Stove. There are websites dedicated to this.

“But the guys who suffer are the players. There’s all this misinformation with guys denying and confirming everything.’’

It has already started with Harper and Machado, with teams spinning their versions of their meet-and-greets with Harper, and debunking their potential interest.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 10, 2018 at 09:40 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Report: Bryce Harper Met with Magic Johnson, Dodgers; Up to 12 Teams Interested

If free agent Bryce Harper is the jackpot of Major League Baseball’s offseason, it is only appropriate the race to sign him has reportedly already taken a number of teams to his hometown of Las Vegas.

According to Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, “upward of a dozen teams” have either met with Harper in Sin City or plan on meeting with him in the coming days with the league’s winter meetings slated to start Sunday.

Magic Johnson, who owns a stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers, accompanied other team officials with the defending National League champions. What’s more, members of the front offices for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals have also either met with him or are expected to soon.

After meeting with Bryce, they plan to lose a fortune at the roulette wheel.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, magic johnson

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Speedy Billy Hamilton cut loose by Reds

Cut loose, or ran away?

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, free agency, reds

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The 2018-19 Ultimate MLB Free-Agent Tracker

Here is the Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker for the class of 2018-19, ranked from Nos. 1 to 197. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player’s history, opening-day age and potential, and provide a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training.

Bookmark this page in your browser or favorite it on Twitter – and return frequently. As the offseason progresses, Yahoo Sports will update it with news of signings and their impact on other free agents.

Thibs isn’t going to like this….

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, tracking

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Joe Maddon plans to manage beyond 2019, thinks of himself as a free agent to be rather than lame duck

Joe Maddon was back in the Tampa Bay area for a charity event in St. Petersburg, Fla., and talked to the Tampa Bay Times about a variety of topics. There were some intriguing Cubs-related nuggets included.

For starters, Maddon said he plans to be “a little more hands-on” in terms of on-field coaching work in 2019.

“I’ve always kind of stayed free of coaching because I really want to stay out of coaches’ way so they can do their job,” Maddon told Marc Topkin in the article. “I’ve always felt that is the right way to do it. But this year I’m going to get a little more hands-on involved in actually coaching.”

Mind you, given that he’s just two years away from winning the World Series, is that really a stance that’s indefensible?

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, joe maddon, manager

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Patrick Corbin Rumors

Here’s a great rundown on Patrick Corbin’s market.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, patrick corbin

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

That said, it is worth noting that the difference in local income taxes to be paid by Harper next year would vary widely depending on which team he chooses. And when I say “widely”, I’m talking a difference of millions. Mo’ money, mo’ taxes. Nice problem to have, amirite?

What follows is my attempt to quantify just what this difference might be, by team. Before diving in, two points.

The first point is to dispel any lingering notion that, if Bryce Harper were to choose the Texas Rangers or Seattle Mariners or Miami Marlins—come on now, stop laughing and pay attention, this is kind of important—or any other team in a no-income tax state, he would not have to pay any state income tax at all. That’s not true. In every place that levies income tax in which his team plays games, a ballplayer on a big league roster is responsible for paying them. Regardless of whether he plays 81 games at home as, for example, a member of the Astros in Houston, located in a state with no income tax, when the Astros play their 19 road games in California (top income tax rate: 13.3%), he would owe the Golden State tax on (19÷162 =) 11.7% of whatever his total salary for the year is. Same goes for all the other games in all the other taxing places his team plays in. So no matter what team Bryce Harper plays for, he’ll be paying a boatload in state income taxes to a bunch of states.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency

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