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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: September 07, 2018 at 11:59 AM (#5740497)
I don't see how the proposed solution encourages teams to call up top prospects in September. He's got a 10m prize to the first team to call up it's top prospect, then 5m for the second, and decreasing prizes down the line. Wouldn't the top prize have long ago been claimed by the Braves for Acuna?

If anything, this would incentivize a team for keeping a top prospect away from September callups, so they can reset the prize lottery and call him up next year.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5740515)
I don't see how the proposed solution encourages teams to call up top prospects in September. He's got a 10m prize to the first team to call up it's top prospect, then 5m for the second, and decreasing prizes down the line. Wouldn't the top prize have long ago been claimed by the Braves for Acuna?


Yes.

It's a terrible idea. If you want players in MLB as soon as they're ready you have to de-link team control from major league service time. Base it on age, total professional service time, time on the 40 man roster, or something else.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: September 07, 2018 at 09:07 PM (#5740778)
So his first move was stupid(getting rid of interleague play---although I fully support a 32 team league, I also fully support interleague play, and the best thing to happen to that over the past 20 years, was to create a situation where we have interleague play everyday of the season....now the fact that MLB doesn't support that more, is an issue of course)


Then he decided to come up with a solution that makes zero sense.

"call up your top prospect to get $10 mil.."...when holding a prospect like Vlad down one year generates about 13 or so mil in contract savings..... yep don't let stupid people make rules.


If you are the commissioner and want to make a rule, while throwing out the collective bargaining agreement, simply tie arbitration years to ages instead of time served. It doesn't matter whether Trout is in his first year of arbitration, instead compare his numbers to what other 22 year olds got. And to really cement the point home, limit arbitration years to 28 years old. No matter how many years you have played in the majors, if you are 27 years old or older, (by mlb counting numbers) you are considered to be 5th year arby eligible and any future years puts you at 6 years. (note these points can be tweaked, but the concept is what I'm promoting....there is zero reason a guy who is 29 years old should still be tied down as a pre-arbitration type of player....like Pham and Ruiz---these are the guys who should be complaining about the system, not guys who have yet to play a game in the majors.)

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