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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Players union criticizes Blue Jays for not calling up Guerrero - Sportsnet.ca

Yesterday on MLB Now, Eno Sarris suggested an idea which could be workable related to service time. He suggested teams get a fixed amount of time for minor and major league service time. I believe he mentioned somewhere around 8 years, dependent on draft age. A more workable timeframe would probably be 10-11 years but I believe with more work, there could be something to the idea. The question is, though, what other compromises on both sides would be needed to get it done. In CBAs there is always give and take. What would each side be willing to concede? Would the players be willing to get rid of super two status and reduce arbitration to two years? Would the owners be willing to increase minimum pays for players operating under their first contacts (not free agents, you wouldn’t want to price them out) and, maybe, bump up AA and AAA pay?

Those are just a few thoughts. Any other ideas?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cba, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, September 07, 2018

How to fix MLB service time dilemma impacting Vlad Jr. - Sportsnet.ca

So, the owners are going to kick in $60 million *and* have to fund a reestablished MLB Scouting Bureau just so a handful of players get called up a little earlier? Wouldn’t that kind of money be better used by getting controllable players a higher minimum wage and/or expanding pension benefits for players who currently don’t qualify? Unless they flame out, which makes the missing service time irrelevant anyway, guys like Bryant and Vlady will get their big payday eventually. At the same time, the way collective bargaining works, big shifts in cash generally get off-set with some time of giveback. Shouldn’t the MLBPA be using whatever negotiating capital it has on improving the lot of the majority of its members, rather than trying to put more coin in the pockets of its richest superstars?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: service time

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez Are Latest Victims Of MLB Free Agency System That Needs Changing


But that’s not true. They had a say in their collectively bargained agreement. They didn’t prioritize getting the service time system changed. Even now, I’d say they have other priorities which would supersede the service time issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 12:57 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, service time

10 Degrees: MLB’s absurd rules that keep prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. out of the majors

And just last week someone was arguing with me that there’s no game theory in baseball!

What’s most frustrating about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jiménez not gracing stadiums, nightly broadcasts, highlight shows, sizzle reels, memes and every other square inch of baseball-related programming this September is the reason for their absence from the major leagues. It is the purest and most repugnant distillation of capitalism in baseball, and it feels silly to even type something this illogical: Guerrero and Jiménez have been so good, it pays to deny them the promotion they’ve earned.

Think about that. About doing great work – beyond-great work – and being penalized for it. It’s infuriating. It’s unfair. And it happens again and again and again in baseball, a sport that every year jerks around so many of its finest young talents for one reason only: control. Even though Guerrero is unquestionably one of the best players in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization and Jiménez the same for the Chicago White Sox, the teams still needed to ask themselves a question: Is one month of them now worth one year of them in their primes?

Because that’s the calculus. And of course the answer was no. However liberating it may feel to flay the Blue Jays and White Sox for filching Guerrero and Jiménez’s well-earned spot on a major league roster, the manipulation of elite talents’ service time is clearly the right strategy for all teams, particularly rebuilding ones like the Blue Jays and White Sox. Admitting that is not siding with the teams; it’s a call for them to work with the MLB Players Association and figure out how not to punish teams for promoting good players.

QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: control issues, eloy jimenez, greed, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Twins hope to ‘make amends’ with Byron Buxton and his agents

At least he’ll only have one option left at the end of the year. With his play this year I can’t see him winning his grievance.

While Buxton, a Platinum Glove Award winner in 2017, will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter as a so-called “Super 2” player, he will fall 13 days shy of the service time threshold that would give him three full years in the majors. Barring a successful grievance from Buxton’s agents, B.B. Abbott and Al Goetz, the Twins now gain an extra year of club control over Buxton for 2022, his age-28 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, cba, service time, twins

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Eloy Jimenez’s camp unhappy he’s unlikely to play for White Sox this year

What’s the potential CBA fix? Where does this issue fit into the MLBPA’s priority list? I would think gaining a bigger share of MLB revenue would be a more pressing problem to address. The revenue share is also a problem which impacts every member, unlike the service time problem.

Alluding to the players already protesting, Kinzer said, “Eventually, you’ll probably have to add us to the list.”

Not that he seems to be overly optimistic about their prospective case. There’s nothing specifically in the CBA about teams delaying ready players to set their clock back by a year, so the union/players have to prove the team didn’t act in good faith. “Bryant’s got a pretty good case … but they’ve been waiting on it two years,” Kinzer opined.

The ChiSox’s recent silence on the matter is being seen as reason to believe Jimenez will have to wait into next season for his call up.

“There’s no reason for optimism,” Kinzer said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, eloy jimenez, service time, white sox

 

 

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