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Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 1:55 pm
 
The biggest changes in the new CBA, announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players union:

1. A five-year contract, running through Dec. 1, 2016, means that baseball will go at least 20 years without a work stoppage.

2. As announced last week, the Astros move from the National League Central to the American League West in 2013, creating two leagues of 15 teams each.

3. A second wild-card team will be added in each league, beginning either next year or in 2013. The two wild cards will play a one-game playoff prior to the Division Series.

4. Instant replay use expanded to cover fair/foul calls and balls that may have been trapped, subject to negotiations with the umpires union.

5. Blood testing for HGH will begin in spring training 2012. Players will be tested each spring, will be subject to random tests during the winter and will be subject to tests "for reasonable cause" during the season.

6. "Participation in the All-Star Game will be required unless the player is unable to play due to injury or is otherwise excused by the Office of the Commissioner."

7. Major changes were made in an attempt to curb draft spending. Teams will be subject to a "signing bonus pool" that will relate to their spot in the draft. Teams that exceed their pool by up to five percent will pay a 75 percent tax, and teams that exceed by more than that will face a tax and a loss of future draft picks. The picks that are lost will be distributed by a lottery which will be weighted towards teams that lost the most games the previous year.

8. Small-market and low-revenue teams will be given extra draft picks after the first and second rounds, distributed by lottery.

9. Free-agent compensation is changed dramatically. Players will be subject to compensation only if the current team offers a salary equal to the average of the top 125-paid players in the game.

10. International signing bonuses will be limited dramatically, with each team given a "signing bonus pool" assigned based on reverse order of standings. Teams exceeding the pool will pay a tax, and teams exceeding by at least five percent will lose rights to sign high-money international players in future years.

11. The luxury-tax threshold will stay at $178 million for the next two years, then will rise to $189 million for the rest of the agreement.

12. Players cannot use smokeless tobacco during interviews or club appearances, and cannot carry tobacco tins in their uniforms.

13. The minimum salary rises from $414,000 in 2011 to $480,000 in 2012, $490,000 in 2013 and $500,000 in 2014. The rate for the final two years of the agreement will be subject to a cost-of-living increase.

14. An increase in the number of the "super 2's" for salary arbitration. What that means is that for players with between two and three years' service time, the top 22 percent will now be arbitration-eligible, up from 17 percent previously.
Category: MLB
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Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

How dramatically does that change it?  That's the equivalent of five full teams.  How many free agent signings require compensation now?

The change is pretty dramatic.

First, it is not the equivalent of 5 teams, because for salary purposes each team has at least 40 players on MLB contract salaries. The top 125 salaries equates to about the top 10% of all major league salaries.

Second, currently teams receive compensation when they make no attempt to resign the player or in some cases don't even want the player to return. Now, in order to receive compensation, the team will have to make an actual offer (in the top 10% of all MLB salaries) to the player, in order to receive compensation from the team actually signing the player. Teams that in the past made no offers to their players will now have to make some very substantial offers which could be accepted, if their real goal is to receive compensatory picks.

Third, the real effect will be for lower salary free agents. In the past, MLB had the Elias Sports Bureau classify free agents into A & B classes. Teams losing "Type A free agents" received more compensation than teams losing "Type B free agents". Now, there probably will be no compensation for the "Type B's", because teams are unlikely to offer top 10% salaries to them and if they do, such offers are likely to be accepted.






Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

With two 15 team leagues that means there will be interleague play all season long, which means SEPTEMBER will have teams not playing division games which is what baseball big wigs wanted just 3 years ago. Can you imagine a scenario in which a AL team is playing a NL team the last series of the year only to meet again in the World Series 3 weeks later? The new draft rules will help in the long run filtering HS players to college, thus saving clubs millions on players who fizzle out in 2-3 years after getting huge signing bonuses. Now they will get a college education to fall back on if they don't grow as a baseball player. Does anyone know if colleges are going back to wooden bats? Some JC's have. International players will still sign just not for $50,000/$100,000. Poor Latino kids will sign but for $20,000. This is a tactic to reign in shady player agents.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

Amen, argo444!




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA


 "Participation in the All-Star Game will be required unless the player is unable to play due to injury or is otherwise excused by the Office of the Commissioner."
Well, it will be interesting to see if this actually makes any difference.  I tend to doubt it.  Most players who want to skip the game already claim it's because of injuries, and they can usually get some doctor to back them up.  And the few other players who don't feel like playing can probably sweet-talk the Commissioner into excusing them--just like Jeter did this year.
By the way, they can't possibly mean that they all have to play--pitchers who pitched on Sunday are already forbidden from playing.
Free-agent compensation is changed dramatically. Players will be subject to compensation only if the current team offers a salary equal to the average of the top 125-paid players in the game.
How dramatically does that change it?  That's the equivalent of five full teams.  How many free agent signings require compensation now?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

Did you pass geography?  All NL West Franchises could also have been chosen for a move to the AL.  The most logical choices from that division would have been to move either Arizona or Colorado instead of Houston.  Houston just happened to be the most convenient choice due to the timing of their sale to Jim Crane.  Moving the Astros also makes more sense from a natural rivalry standpoint with the Rangers.  If Arizona or Colorado had been chosen, then Houston could have been moved to the NL West instead.  I am just happy that both Leagues and all divisions will be balanced
Actually, if I not mistaken, one of the main reasons the Astros were chosen, in addition to the "in state rivalry" and pending sale, was because the Astros were in a 6 team division, the AL West has 4 teams and all the others have 5.  If you move anyone other than the Astros (or another NL Central team) to the AL West then you have to move another team as well if the goal is to create 6 divisions with 5 teams each.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

Wild card increase = more revenue. Whatever.
TV seems to control the game now. I would say the union will vote no thankyou!
Actually, the union already voted "yes, thank you!"  The CBA has been agreed to and signed which means the union voted in favor of the extra wild card game.

International signing. That is a local "teamsters" move. No loss of jobs for the locals. The Nomo sensation saved baseball after their stupid strike. Dumb
The CBA does not limit the number of international players that can be signed.  It only puts limits on the amount of the bonus paid to the first contract for international free agents, just like the CBA limits the bonuses paid to draft picks.  It will not change the number of "jobs" available to international players.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

The only way to tell which team is better is if the schedules they played were comparable.
No, the only way to tell which is better is for them to play each other in a series of at least five, preferably seven games.
Salary cap AND FLOOR! 
That I probably agree with.  But isn't there at least some limited version of that now, based on percentages rather than dollar amounts?  Didn't the Marlins recently get into trouble with the league for not spending enough on player salaries?
nothing looks more like a girl than an NL pitcher up with the bases loaded and the game on the line swinging meekly at 3 pitches over his head to drop his average to .050.  Or he bunts, and the first and third basemen are already 50 feet down the line waiting for it.

Oh, no--nother AL fan with still another futile attempt to defend the deisgnated hitter rule and attack the traditional style of play. kpk, among other things, do you realize how few times the pitcher actually swings the bat in the NL?  (By the way, most of them are well over the .050 you humorously use).  Usually not more than two or so--unless his team has a big lead in the late innings, in which case it doesn't really matter who bats, does it?  Half the time that he does go up, he bunts--and, frankly, most starting pitchers can probably do that about as well as most position players.
Too bad apparently no serious attempt was made to get the players to agree to abolish the DH altogether, in exchange for some other major concession from the owners.  I guess there were no major concessions the players wanted.  Next time, maybe.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

The Astros was the only team that they could move,  They are the closest team to play in AL west.
No, they weren't. They could have moved Miami to the AL East, slid Toronto to the AL Central, moved Kansas City to the AL West and put Pittsburgh in the NL East.

They say it's so important to get Texas and Houston in a division, why aren't Pittsburgh and Philly together?


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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:39 pm
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Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Replay, realignment, draft highlight new CBA

Wild card increase = more revenue. Whatever.
TV seems to control the game now. I would say the union will vote no thankyou! If they give into this then later on you won't need an umpire behind the plate.
Blood testing for all biologically altered or made (in a lab) that can improve a player's performance is the wording that is needed. Cheaters' always find ways.
Tobacco kills. Chewing killed my 2 cousins so ban the crap. They insure arms on pitchers then insurance companies should give a steep discount for those who don't "dip" or smoke. Put that in the contract.
International signing. That is a local "teamsters" move. No loss of jobs for the locals. The Nomo sensation saved baseball after their stupid strike. Dumb


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