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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 11, 2020 at 11:12 PM (#5929777)
This is great stuff. Thanks as always.

I got the sense in an interview with Roenicke that he's looking at Ryan Weber for the #4 rotation spot or in an "opener" role. Have/will you seen him at all this spring?
   2. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 11, 2020 at 11:16 PM (#5929779)
I haven’t yet. Coronavirus issues aside it looks like the scheduled starters for the games on Friday and Monday will be Perez and EdRod again unfortunately.
   3. Darren Posted: March 13, 2020 at 09:51 AM (#5930279)
The player pics are awesome, but I really want to know more about the cool guy in the snazzy shirt!

BTW, sorry this trip has taken a crappy turn.
   4. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 13, 2020 at 11:45 AM (#5930332)
Thanks, it isn’t that crappy. It just means I get a couple more days by the pool than at JetBlue Park.
   5. jmurph Posted: March 13, 2020 at 11:52 AM (#5930335)
Yeah if you're gonna have your vacation plans abruptly changed, better to be there than elsewhere, I guess.
   6. karlmagnus Posted: March 13, 2020 at 12:35 PM (#5930345)
Sox now looking smart. You always want to do your luxury tax cap reset the year they cancel the season!
   7. villageidiom Posted: March 13, 2020 at 05:26 PM (#5930447)
All those people saying Boston really needed Mookie Betts this season are suddenly very quiet.
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:06 PM (#5930967)

All those people saying Boston really needed Mookie Betts this season are suddenly very quiet.


If the season is cancelled, what happens with player contracts? Would Betts be a FA? Would he still be beholden to LA for a year?
   9. bunyon Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5930986)
8 is a great question. If MLB rules that player contracts reset to their status at the start of 2020, I'd expect no 2021 season either.

   10. villageidiom Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5930988)
None of the dates in the contracts change due to a stoppage of play for any reason. Betts will still be a FA at the end of this year, assuming no contract extension is pursued.

To be clear, I was joking in #7 as a followup to km's #6. I wasn't trying to make any kind of absurd I-told-ya-so statement or anything.
   11. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5931000)
So Betts very well could go on to be a Red Sox for life? Gotta dream about something positive, right?
   12. villageidiom Posted: March 16, 2020 at 01:41 PM (#5931003)
8 is a great question. If MLB rules that player contracts reset to their status at the start of 2020, I'd expect no 2021 season either.
There is no way MLB could do that without approval from MLBPA, and there's no way MLBPA will allow the precedent of MLB simply deciding the players shall temporarily lose their rights for the sake of the teams.

Having said that, the language in the Uniform Player Contract stipulates:
This contract is subject to federal or state legislation, regulations, executive or other official orders or other governmental action, now or hereafter in effect respecting military, naval, air or other governmental service, which may directly or indirectly affect the Player, Club or the League and subject also to the right of the Commissioner to suspend the operation of this contract during any national emergency during which Major League Baseball is not played.
I interpret the bolded part as saying Manfred can suspend pay, and other benefits as provided by the contract, during a work stoppage related to a national emergency. I don't interpret "suspend the operation of this contract" as deferring free agency, but I suppose it's possible. As mentioned above I suspect MLBPA will not agree with that interpretation.

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