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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Qualifying-offer system key to collective bargaining negotiations, maintaining more than two decades of labor peace as MLB, players union begin to talk | FOX Sports

Maybe these players misread the market and should have signed for the $15.8 million.

This will be an interesting story to keep an eye on.

Desmond, Fowler, and Gallardo are the last remaining free agents who rejected qualifying offers in November—meaning teams must surrender a draft pick in order to sign them.

It is undeniable that draft-pick compensation has depressed the values for several free agents this offseason. The same has happened before under the current CBA. What’s impossible to know for certain is whether the rules have reduced overall industry spending, compared to a system without punitive measures against teams for signing particular free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, owners

Monday, December 07, 2015

Sources: Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco filed grievances over manipulation of service time

That’s a lot of gratitude from Kris Bryant after the Cubs improved his defense!

Potential service-time manipulation looms as a significant issue with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association ramping up discussions on a new collective-bargaining agreement after the current one expires Dec. 1, 2016. While neither case has yet to reach an arbitration panel, according to sources, the grievances indicate that players believe teams have not abided by the intention of service-time rules and operated in bad faith.

Bryant, the National League Rookie of the Year last season, debuted April 17 and finished the season with 171 days of service time. A full year of service comprises 172 days. The Cubs sent Bryant to Triple-A to start the season, and by calling him up when they did, they positioned themselves to stave off his free agency until 2021. Had Bryant played in their previous game and stayed on the major league roster for next five seasons, he would hit free agency following the 2020 season.

Franco debuted in September 2014 and started the 2015 season at Triple-A. On May 12, the Phillies optioned their everyday third baseman, Cody Asche, to the minor leagues but didn’t recall Franco. He arrived May 15 and finished the season with 170 days of service.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, kris bryant, maikel franco, mlbpa, service time

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against the Nationals

According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Papelbon was suspended by the Nationals after engaging in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper during a Sept. 23 game against the Orioles.

According to the sources, the player’s stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after such a team-issued suspension.

No date for a hearing has been set.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, jonathan papelbon, mlbpa, nationals

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Unionization of Baseball – The Hardball Times

In case you don’t already know the history of the MLBPA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mlbpa

 

 

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