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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 12, 2021 at 04:00 PM (#6052724)
Surely the Mets don't want to wait much longer to appoint a qualified candidate me to help them navigate these turbulent times.
   2. Jack Sommers Posted: November 12, 2021 at 08:06 PM (#6052744)
Man, that would be awesome.
   3. base ball chick Posted: November 12, 2021 at 08:47 PM (#6052752)
remember when primate howard (something) the writer, kinda sorta actually campaigned to be hired instead of brodie whatshisname?
   4. JJ1986 Posted: November 12, 2021 at 09:27 PM (#6052755)
I think the Howard thing was back when Minaya was GM, before Alderson was brought on board.
   5. Lassus Posted: November 12, 2021 at 09:36 PM (#6052756)
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: November 12, 2021 at 09:41 PM (#6052757)
Such supposition, of course, could be nothing more than high-level strategy—trying to extract leverage by using the lockout as a cudgel

"The answer is "CUDGEL"

"What is a word that no one has uttered out loud in more than 200 years, yet lives on in hackneyed writing?"

"That is correct."
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: November 12, 2021 at 10:29 PM (#6052764)
hot DAMN and full disclosure:

not even 1 hour after I post that, I channel-surf my way across someone on TV using the word "cudgel."

[now, it was "political cudgel" as a phrase, and no I ain't going down that rabbit hole and nobody else needs to, either. but I stand corrected, for the historical record.]

not to get back on topic or anything, but the premise of the article is pretty interesting.

feels like one heck of a poker game going on.
   8. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 14, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6052931)
"Cudgel" is popular because it's an exceptionally ugly word. It's one thing to hit someone with, say, a nightstick or a club, but cudgel somehow sounds more evil. Only very bad people use cudgels. ("Truncheon" also works well here.)
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 09:17 AM (#6052937)
"Truncheon" also works well here.

Truncheon lives on in London Calling.
   10. BDC Posted: November 15, 2021 at 10:23 AM (#6052950)
"Cudgel" is Germanic, from Old English, and "truncheon" is Romance, from Old French. Every language needs one, and when your language has two main sources of vocabulary you get both.

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