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Monday, March 09, 2020

Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty penalized by salary renewal system for second consecutive season

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty was arguably the best pitcher in baseball last season following the All-Star Game. In 15 starts, he posted a 0.91 ERA and held opponents to a .424 OPS while averaging nearly seven frames per outing. Flaherty, perhaps more so than anyone else, was instrumental in the Cardinals winning the National League Central.

Even so, the Cardinals did Flaherty few favors in setting his salary for the 2020 season. Instead, the Cardinals will pay him $604,500 this upcoming season, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Flaherty’s salary was reduced by $10,000 as a punishment for him failing to agree to terms with the club. This is the second spring in a row that’s happened.

Flaherty, 24, isn’t the only young star having a salary forced upon him by his team. The Washington Nationals recently “renewed” outfielder Juan Soto’s contract for $629,400, per NBC Sports Washington. Soto, obviously, would be earning a greater sum under a more just system.

Sort of thing that will make the next round of collective bargaining talks even more tense, isn’t it?


QLE Posted: March 09, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: March 09, 2020 at 10:02 AM (#5928935)
What possible incentive could there be for a ballclub to be nickel and diming a young star who could star for them for years to come?
   2. Hank Gillette Posted: March 09, 2020 at 04:36 PM (#5929074)
“Agree to our unilateral salary terms, or we will dock you $10,000,” does not seem to be the way to generate goodwill.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 09, 2020 at 04:51 PM (#5929079)
What possible incentive could there be for a ballclub to be nickel and diming a young star who could star for them for years to come?
Both a nickel and a dime. Duh.
   4. Ron J Posted: March 10, 2020 at 07:10 AM (#5929157)
#2 While I do see this point, I can't think of any players who left via free agency over nickel and diming in the pre-arb year.

But I'm sure there are cases. Hell, I know the Expos lost Bryn Smith over Doritos (back in the day, it was tough to get Doritos in Montreal and Smith's wife was tired of having to drive to northern New York) so little things can obviously matter.

It's something I'd never do. There's no real upside -- and frankly smacks of a lazy GM (and supporting team)

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