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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)
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