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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

MLB makes new service time proposal to players union

Major League Baseball, as part of its proposal to the players’ association last month, offered to curtail the impact of service time by creating a formula to disperse $1 billion to all arbitration-eligible players and make free agency universal at 29 ¹/₂ years of age, The Post has learned.

The sides met in person on Aug. 16 in Denver. Not all elements of the plan have become public and it is difficult to gauge the full impact of a proposal without understanding how all the details play off one another. Both sides refused to comment on what The Post had learned.

In its proposal addressing service time, MLB was, at minimum, looking to address the union’s concern about service-time manipulation. Players reach arbitration and free agency based on their service, and teams have held back players deserving of promotion to the majors to slow the clock from moving toward those money-making levels.

Right now, all players who reach six years of service can be free agents and all who reach three years plus the top 22 percent in service time between two and three years (Super Twos) are eligible for arbitration.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 10:10 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues, mlbpa

Friday, May 14, 2021

MLB players union seeking $500 million in grievance against league

The MLB Players Association has officially filed a grievance stating that MLB did not act in good faith last year to play as many games as possible, and MLB has filed a counter-grievance, multiple sources told The Post. The players are seeking an estimated $500 million in damages, according to two sources.

The union grievance does not specify exactly how many games more than 60 the 2020 season should have been, which is why they seek about $500 million. That would roughly translate to an additional 20-25 games worth of pay for players.

The union would only confirm to The Post that the grievance has been officially filed. MLB declined comment.

MLB has asked the union to fast-track this grievance, according to multiple sources. The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 1. The sources said they believed MLB and the union could negotiate non-economic issues, but that MLB would almost certainly factor in the potential of losing half a billion dollars in a grievance into any financial offers. Thus, a resolution may be necessary to best facilitate negotiations.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2021 at 10:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues

Monday, May 03, 2021

Scherzer Delivers Gem, Rushes to Help Wife Deliver Third Child

“It almost comes down to, [in] some of these outings, he finds these new motivations,” catcher Yan Gomes said. “Obviously from the broken nose thing [in 2019], he found a new motivation for that, just came out and dealt, and today after the game we talked a little bit. He was like: ‘Having the baby tonight. Might as well pitch like that, or pitch like a man’ — in the words of Max.”


 

 

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