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Monday, January 24, 2022

MLBPA drops age-based free agency proposal as negotiations on new labor deal continue: Source

The Major League Baseball Players Association dropped its request to introduce an age-based free agency system into the sport on Monday, withdrawing a proposal in one of the three major areas MLB had shown no interest in changing, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Athletic.

That means the amount of service time it takes a player to reach free agency — six years — is most likely going to remain unchanged whenever the sides reach a new deal. The players had previously proposed a system to get some players to free agency after five years if they had reached a certain age: 30 1/2, and then eventually, 29 1/2.

The union also revised its proposal to alter revenue sharing between the teams, another of the three areas MLB has resisted changes toward — and traditionally, a hot-button topic for the owners themselves. Between revenue sharing and free agency, the union feels it made two significant concessions.

The union on Monday also rejected most if not all of what MLB had proposed in the sides’ most recent meeting.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2022 at 03:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

How baseball changed forever in 1972: A timeline of MLB’s most memorable events, 50 years later

April 1
After player reps vote 47-0 with one abstention (Wes Parker of the Dodgers) in favor, the Major League Baseball Players Association goes on strike. Thus begins the first work stoppage in MLB history. Under the leadership of pioneering union leader Marvin Miller, the players strike over the issue of pension payments. The players want a 17 percent increase to reflect inflation over the prior three years and for owners to honor their commitment to cover medical costs. Owners refuse on both counts. Miller announces that players are willing to end the strike with a new pension accord or an agreement to take the dispute to arbitration. Since the union is still a relatively nascent entity—Miller became the first head of the Major League Baseball Players Association in July 1966, and it wasn’t until 1968 that the MLBPA negotiated its first collective bargaining agreement with the league—owners underestimate the players’ power and solidarity. As John Gaherin, the owners’ lead negotiator, would later say, “The perception on our side was that the union was still weak. This was the time to take it on.”...

April 11
Following federal mediation at the behest of President Nixon, the two sides agree on a new pension format. However, players and owners remain at odds over whether the canceled games will be made up for a full 162-game schedule and whether players will receive back pay for canceled games.

April 13
The MLBPA and owners agree that games lost to the strike will not be made up and no back pay will be received. With that final hurdle cleared, the strike ends. In all, 86 regular-season games are lost to the work stoppage.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2022 at 09:49 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Rosenthal: The pressure is mounting — MLB cannot afford to lose games this season

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The question is, what will constitute a win for the union? The owners say they are unwilling to grant earlier free agency or increase revenue sharing among clubs. But say the union achieved the following gains:

• Higher minimums and thresholds.

• Adjustments in the draft to include a lottery of more than three teams and extra picks for teams that reach certain levels of performance.

• An increase in the percentage of players with two-plus years of service who are eligible for arbitration.

• And finally, though it seems to be generating little discussion lately, a minimum payroll threshold with penalties for teams that fall below the limit, similar to the way the luxury-tax threshold works at the top.

Maybe the league would not go for all that in exchange for expanded playoffs and other items it might want. But such changes would satisfy the owners’ most fervent desire, to leave the game’s economic structure intact.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2022 at 12:28 PM | 61 comment(s)
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Friday, January 14, 2022

Breaking Down The MLB Top 100 Prospect Incentive Proposal

But because of that, including a Top 100 Prospects designation in the incentive seems unnecessary. To get a sense of how many players would be affected, we looked back at the rookie of the year balloting from 2010 to present. Of the 72 players to rank in the top three of Rookie of the Year balloting since 2010, 54 (75%) were Top 100 Prospects coming into that season. There were a few players (like Jose Iglesias and Jaime Garcia) who had ranked previously as Top 100 Prospects but not in the year before they landed ROY votes. For these purposes they are considered as not making the Top 100.

Of the 18 players who weren’t in the Top 100, five (Luis Garcia, Cristian Javier, John Means, Devin Williams and Jake Cronenworth) are still quite early in their MLB careers. Of the other 13, six (Danny Valencia, Vance Worley, Matt Shoemaker, Matt Duffy, Jung-Ho Kang and Tyler Naquin) were either non-tendered, released or had their contracts sold to other teams during the first five years of their MLB careers. It’s fair to say that service time considerations didn’t play a role in the roster decisions on any of those six players.

The other seven either reached free agency without being released/non-tendered or had their contracts sold or are on pace to do so. Trey Mancini and Paul DeJong so far seem destined to play through the entirety of their arbitration years and into free agency without being non-tendered. Jacob deGrom turned into one of the best pitchers in the game. Iglesias, Wade Miley, Garcia and Mark Trumbo all reached MLB free agency.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2022 at 12:42 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A month into lockout, MLB and players will finally meet for negotiations

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting had not yet been announced.

MLB reached out to the union to set up the call Tuesday morning after spending the last few weeks working on a new set of proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement in hopes of reaching a deal that would not delay the start of spring training, which is scheduled to start Feb. 16.

MLB is not expected to address free agency or salary arbitration in their proposals, but discuss further ways to de-incentivize tanking among teams, including the elimination of draft pick compensation for teams signing free agents.

Major League Baseball has offered to increase the minimum salary from $570,500 to $600,000, which would rise to $650,000 and $700,000 through the CBA.

The union is seeking the competitive balance tax on payrolls to increase from $210 million to $245 million while the owners have offered a raise to $214 million at the outset.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2022 at 02:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Report: MLB payrolls drop 4% to 2015 levels

Major League Baseball payrolls dropped 4% in 2021 compared to the league’s last full season, and the $4.05 billion total was the lowest in a fully completed year since 2015.

Falling payrolls have sparked the labor unrest that led to the sport’s first work stoppage in more than a quarter-century this month, when the collective bargaining agreement expired and owners locked out the players Dec. 2.

Payrolls are down 4.6% from their record high of just under $4.25 billion in 2017, the first year of the just-expired CBA, according to information sent to clubs by the commissioner’s office and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. Spending on big league players has not been this low since a $3.9 billion total in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2021 at 11:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Rosenthal: What a new collective bargaining agreement should look like

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Increase luxury tax thresholds, decrease penalties

Keep the revenue sharing formula the same, but require recipients to spend on major-league payroll.

Free agency after six years of service time except for players who have at least five at age 30; elimination of direct draft-pick compensation; creation of system to help low-revenue teams keep franchise-type players before they hit the open market.

Increase the percentage of players who qualify for Super Two eligibility; increase the minimum salary from $570,500 to at least $800,000.

A draft lottery for low-revenue teams with the top 10 picks, giving weighted advantages to those with the best records; additional selections for low-revenue teams that make the playoffs.

An increase from 10 to 14 playoff teams, with proper incentives for teams that attain best overall records in each league, other division winners and wild-card teams with the highest win totals — pretty much the owners’ plan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2021 at 11:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

On MLB-owned media, the players now barely exist. What’s behind that decision?

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The players have been scrubbed from the league’s website and content ecosystem. Their headshots were removed from rosters, their highlights hidden, their names wiped from promotional schedules. (April 30 is “Cardinals Third Baseman Bobblehead” day at Busch Stadium.) Team social media accounts quieted and ceased referencing players at all; the league’s Twitter account went nearly three days without activity this weekend. MLB Network and employees were instructed to mostly avoid mentioning active 40-man players’ names on air or in articles for the duration of the lockout.

But exactly why MLB is taking this route isn’t clear.

MLB is advised in labor relations by the law firm Proskauer Rose. Asked to explain the reason the league drastically altered its content vehicles, a commissioner’s office spokesperson said, “Every action we are taking is at the advice of legal counsel per the National Labor Relations Act.” The spokesperson declined, however, to identify what specifically in the NLRA or baseball’s collective bargaining agreement prompts or merits erasing current players.

When commissioner Rob Manfred was asked last week in a news conference whether it was a legal issue, he offered two words: “It is.” But legal experts who spoke to The Athletic found it difficult to confidently identify MLB and Proskauer’s potential legal theory.

“I can’t think of anything,” said Dave Leach, a professor at Brooklyn Law School and a former regional director for the National Labor Relations Board. “I’ve never seen a case which had similar facts. And I was there for 45 years, so I saw a good number of cases at the board.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2021 at 03:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Friday, December 03, 2021

MLB Teams Spend Record $2.16 Billion in Month Before Lockout

This year, however, players signed contracts worth a total of $2.16 billion in November, exceeding the previous high of $577 million in 2012 by a factor of nearly four, according to Spotrac.

It wasn’t just the usual suspects (e.g., Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers) digging into their pocketbooks. The Texas Rangers shelled out half a billion dollars for two free agents: Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. The Seattle Mariners, who ranked 25th in payroll last year, gave Robbie Ray $115 million for five years. The Tampa Bay Rays even dropped $182 million, good for the largest financial commitment in franchise history, on 20-year-old Wander Franco, who has played 70 games in the majors.

Notably, the month’s 11 largest free agent contracts, worth a combined $1.29 billion, have been paid out by teams that missed last year’s playoffs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2021 at 04:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Report: MLB Owners Vote Unanimously to Institute Lockout

For the first time in over 25 years, Major League Baseball will undergo a work stoppage.

On Wednesday night, the league’s owners reportedly voted unanimously to institute a lockout, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The lockout is expected to begin on Thursday at an unknown time, which will mark the first work stoppage for MLB since the 1994-95 players strike that resulted in the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

The current collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players expires at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

This result was an expected one, with newly signed Mets pitcher and member of the Players Association leadership Max Scherzer saying earlier in the day that a lockout was a “very likely scenario.”

Among the major issues the owners and players do not yet see eye-to-eye on are service time toward free agency, the luxury tax and a possible salary floor, playoff expansion and a litany of rule changes, including a universal designated hitter, pitch clock, maximum number of pitchers on a roster and larger bases to encourage stealing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 12:03 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Monday, November 29, 2021

Sources: Expanded playoffs, draft lottery proposals in CBA negotiations

Major League Baseball’s expanded playoff proposal, as part of a new collective bargaining agreement between owners and players, includes the ability for division winners to pick their wild-card opponent, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

The format would call for 14 teams—seven from each league—to make the playoffs, four more than currently play in the postseason. The three division winners in each league would be joined by four wild-card teams to make up the playoff field. Here’s how it would work:

• The team with the best record in each league would get a bye into the best-of-five division series.

• The remaining two division winners would get to pick their wild-card opponent from the bottom three wild-card teams. The division winner with the second-best record would pick first, then the No. 3 seed in the league would pick its opponent from the final two wild-card teams. The wild-card team with the best record would play the wild-card team that wasn’t picked by a division winner.

• Once matchups are set, the higher-seeded teams would host all three games in a best-of-three wild-card round.

• Winners in the wild-card round would advance to the division series and the playoffs would continue as they have in the past.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 06:23 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: draft lottery, expanded playoffs, labor issues

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

MLB, MLBPA agree to move tender deadline in response to looming lockout, per report

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have reached an agreement to move up this year’s tender deadline from Dec. 2 to Nov. 30 in order to allow non-tendered players time to find homes ahead of a potential lockout, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

MLB’s owners are widely expected to lock out the players once the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Dec. 1. Once that happens, big-league free agents would not be permitted to sign with new teams until after a new CBA is ratified by both parties, whenever that may be.

“MLB, meanwhile, effectively will flood the market with more free agents who might get pressured into lesser deals after lockout ends,” Rosenthal added in a follow-up tweet. “Some players could benefit, however. A solid contributor who gets non-tendered for financial reasons could sign with another club right away.”

The tender deadline, for those unfamiliar with the concept, is an annual culling of 40-player rosters. Teams use it to trim players from their roster who they deem to be fungible, either because of their salary (arbitration-eligible players are the ones most commonly impacted), because of their health or even because of their fit.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2021 at 10:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Commissioner Rob Manfred says lockout could move MLB collective bargaining agreement talks forward

Major League Baseball owners have not yet decided to lock out players if there is no new labor deal after the Dec. 1 expiration of the current one, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday, but he highlighted the folly of not doing so in 1994 that led to a crippling strike and added that “an offseason lockout that moves the process forward is different than a labor dispute that costs games.”

“I don’t think ‘94 worked out too great for anybody,” Manfred told reporters as the quarterly owners meetings concluded. “I think we need to look at other sports. The pattern has become to control the timing of the labor dispute and try to minimize the prospect of actual disruption of the season. That’s what it’s about. It’s avoiding doing damage to the season.”

Labor strife was the main focus of owners, team presidents and league executives who met less than two weeks before the deal expires—and with little progress made toward a new one. While the league and MLB Players Association have met consistently—they had a bargaining session Wednesday, Manfred said, and are scheduled for another Friday—they remain far apart from an agreement, having made limited progress on core economic issues.

“We understand, I understand, that time is becoming an issue,” Manfred said. “That’s a challenge. We’ve had challenges with respect to making labor agreements before, and we got a pretty good track record of overcoming those challenges. I can tell you from the clubs’ perspective, we’re committed to continuing to offer proposals and suggestions in an effort to get to an agreement before December 1.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2021 at 05:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

MLB’s minimum wage has fallen behind. Players ought to fight to lift it up

Additionally, MLB’s minimum is the lowest amongst major sports, and no other sport leans on its minimum-salaried players like baseball does. Consider that 63.2% of all players to step on the field in 2019 (the most recent year we have complete, full-season data from the MLBPA) had less than three years of service time. They accounted for 53.6% of days of service time accumulated, but they combined for only 9.8% of player pay.

At the opening of the NHL season this year, 23% of players were paid within 10% of the league’s lowest wage. In the NBA, it was just 3%.

The average MLB salary climbed to more than $4 million in 2016, but it’s plateaued there. That’s the average, though, which is dragged upward by 11 players who earned more than $30 million last season. The median salary in 2019 was $558,400; a new minimum salary and a scaled system would help that number.

Moreover, since 2012, the minimum salary is up only 19%, not even keeping pace with United States inflation (20.5%). The average MLB salary climbed 30%, however.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2021 at 10:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues

Friday, November 12, 2021

Why MLB seems headed toward a lockout—and how that’ll create a free-agent frenzy

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In the coming days, weeks, months, the answers of what was genuine at the GM meetings will reveal themselves. The most interesting twist, certainly, occurred on the free-agent side. Teams essentially suggested players have a choice: Sign before the lockout or wait until February, when most everyone expects the labor discord to end, and have fun navigating the frenzy of signings and trades that will ensue. Agents for some of the highest-profile free agents this winter, in the meantime, inverted the posture: If you want a player, step up financially, because the February stampede is going to be so different, so unfamiliar, that it’s worth paying more for certainty now than having to overpay or be left empty-handed on the eve of the season.

The fallout is a sense that Corey Seager, the magnificent Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop, and Marcus Semien, the dynamic Toronto infielder, are increasingly likely to sign before Dec. 1, executives interested in the players told ESPN. Both are clients of Scott Boras, who two winter meetings ago fetched more than $800 million guaranteed for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon over three days. With the rhetoric that the sides treated this week like that time of year, teams and players making surgical free-agent strikes—even on projected nine-figure deals—feels like more of a possibility, though not a certainty, than it did even a week ago. It’s not just Boras’ clients, either. The starting pitching market, sources said, is expected to have multiple big-name pitchers get pre-lockout deals.

Such supposition, of course, could be nothing more than high-level strategy—trying to extract leverage by using the lockout as a cudgel, something not necessarily limited to one party. The tack with Seager and Semien left executives wondering whether they really do want to sign early or it’s a play to draw out teams like the New York Yankees, who need a shortstop and, three sources said, have shown interest in both. Likewise, just because players are unfamiliar with the NFL- and NBA-type free-agent period—pure chaos—doesn’t make the prospect of going through one necessarily bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 11:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Previewing Baseball’s CBA Talks

There are a plethora of ways that the MLBPA could attempt to improve the players’ financial position in the next CBA. For example, Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal have reported that the union’s initial proposal to management included increases to the minimum salary and luxury tax thresholds, as well as modifications to the league’s existing arbitration, draft order, revenue sharing, and service time rules.

Conversely, the owners will likely be looking to preserve as many of the economic gains they have achieved over the past several CBAs as possible. And while MLB likely realizes that it will need to make at least a few economic concessions to the players, the owners will certainly expect to receive something substantive from the union in return.

For instance, an expanded playoff is something that MLB will likely pursue during the negotiations, an issue that the union could potentially trade-off in exchange for some meaningful economic concessions from the owners. Meanwhile, one lingering item on the owners’ wish list during the 2016 CBA talks is getting the union to sign off on an international amateur draft. MLB has reportedly attempted to revive this concept during the current talks, although an international draft is probably marginally less pressing for the owners today since they were able to successfully implement meaningful spending limits on international amateur signings in the last CBA.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2021 at 09:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Before free agency, MLB proposes paying players based on FanGraphs’ calculation of WAR

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In the August proposal, MLB offered to use a predetermined sum of money that would be distributed to eligible players, those who had reached at least three years of service time. This time, MLB is offering to pay players based on performance, specifically on a calculation of wins above replacement, or WAR. There are multiple variants of WAR, but MLB proposed to rely on FanGraphs’ version, or fWAR. A player’s career WAR would be part of the calculation, weighted for recency. Whether a player has been in the majors for three-plus, four-plus, or five-plus years would affect the calculation.

Performance already greatly influences the current arbitration system, under which players who have reached three years in the majors can go to a hearing to fight for a higher salary than the team proposes. But the current system nonetheless allows flexibility and room for players to argue to a third party for better salaries.

Full details of Wednesday’s proposal were not immediately known, but the players’ union is unlikely to see the proposal in a much better light than August’s version. One player agent said the proposal has “zero chance.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 11, 2021 at 06:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 06, 2021

MLB CBA negotiations: MLBPA makes second economics proposal with only minor changes, per report

The Players’ Association made their second economic proposal last week, report The Athletic’s Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal, though it included only minor adjustments to their initial proposal in May. Among other things, the union’s May proposal included:

Raising the minimum salary and getting players into arbitration earlier.
Changes to the way service time is calculated, including early free agency in some cases.
Adjustment to the way the draft order is determined (currently reverse order of the standings).

MLB made their first (and so far only) economic proposal in August and it included a $100 million salary floor and a $180 million luxury tax threshold, substantially lower than the $210 million threshold in 2021. Also, the salary floor would be a “soft” floor, in which teams could simply pay a penalty should they fail to field a $100 million roster.,

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 06, 2021 at 02:14 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, labor issues

Monday, October 25, 2021

Major League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2

Baseball’s ninth work stoppage and first in 26 years appears almost certain to start Dec. 2, freezing the free-agent market and threatening the start of spring training in February.

Negotiations have been taking place since last spring, and each side thinks the other has not made proposals that will lead toward an agreement replacing the five-year contract that expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 1.

The luxury tax system that started with the 2003 season sunsets with the expiration of the labor contract, with the exception of completing accounting and payments for the 2021 tax year. Uncertainty over the 2022 season probably will cause high-spending clubs to delay reaching pricier player agreements.

Free agents can start signing with any team on the sixth day following the World Series, and this year’s group includes Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Trevor Story, Max Scherzer, Marcus Semien, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto and Kevin Gausman.

MLB may attempt a signing freeze with the start of a lockout, or the marketplace might grind to a halt on its own, even more pronounced than the slowdowns of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 offseasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2021 at 04:18 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Baseball America: If There’s A MLB Lockout In 2022, What Happens To The Minors Leagues?

In the past, when MLB has either locked out the players or the players have struck, Minor League Baseball continued to play. The vast majority of minor league players are not members of the MLB Players Association, and there is no collective bargaining agreement in the minors—rules are simply decreed by MLB without any negotiations with the players.

So any work stoppage at the MLB level does not impact the minor leagues—with one big exception. Players on the MLB 40-man roster are part of the MLBPA, and as such are expected to honor a picket line (in case of a strike) or are part of the group that is locked out by owners….

The timing of the CBA expiration (Dec. 1) means that tendering contracts and 40-man roster protection decisions will likely occur as usual near the end of November. But if no new agreement has been reached by the current CBA’s expiration, it is likely that MLB free agency would be delayed until a new agreement is reached—the very structure of that free agency could change under a new agreement. It’s also possible that the Jan. 15 international signing period could be pushed back (especially if the rules for international amateur talent acquisition are changed as part of a new CBA).

But there is precedent for the Rule 5 draft to roll along, new CBA or no new CBA. In 1994, there was still a Rule 5 draft even though the owners and players were in the middle of a strike.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues, minor league, rule 5 draft

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)
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