Baseball passed an important bottleneck last Friday when the owners agreed to accept an agreement reached by MLB and the players’ association. The deal covered many concerns of both groups. Foremost were player salaries, liability, and service time.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel provide a very good breakdown of many of the negotiated deal’s larger points in their March 28th article. While the date for the return of baseball is still uncertain, the groundwork for restarting the season has been agreed upon.
Of the many topics discussed, the treatment of minor leaguers and amateurs is worth noting. The MLBPA once again negotiates away the rights of players they don’t represent. It might even be perceived that the union has helped grease the skids for minor league contraction, smaller drafts, smaller draft polls, and an international draft.
Another interesting topic is the minor league season. One suggestion by two player development directors that minor league baseball could become “a complex-only operation — lots of back-field and intrasquad games among the lower-level minor leaguers and perhaps games at spring sites between organizations’ Triple-A and Double-A teams”, would make for a very busy summer for me and my writing friend, Steve Potter. I can imagine AAA or AA games at Spectrum Field each night and A+, A, A-, and rookie level games at the Complex each afternoon.
I disagree with the contention that short-season ball has to be dead. The Phillies could field teams at all levels with the players in their organization right now. Maybe they would cut back to one GCL team, but they have anywhere from 370 to 382 players in the organization. And, many other organizations carry a lot of players at the lower levels. Short season may not be a priority, but it doesn’t have to be at risk.
One last thought before I get on to the transactions, there has been no mention of any insurance that MLB and the owners were to receive if the season were not played in full or not at all. The owners had the forethought to include the wording in “Paragraph 11” that gave the commissioner the power to suspend contracts in a national emergency. Seems to me that somebody that smart would also have insurance for a lost season as a fall back. Kudos to them if they paid premiums for just such an occurrence and now stand to collect.
But, I wonder, if such a policy exists, would the number of games played have an affect on the monies owed the owners? With or without fans, is there a calculated number of games that have to be played before it is in the owners best interest to just scrap the season altogether? MLB has already crippled the draft and international free agency, lessened the expected contract value for free agency this off season, pushed player development onto the NCAA, and probably ween the start of contraction. Why should they want to play ball?
The Phillies optioned 6 more players to Lehigh Valley, RHP Edgar Garcia, RF Kyle Garlick, RHP Reggie McClain, LF Nick Williams, LHP Austin Davis, LHP Cole Irvin. Forty-nine players remain on the spring training roster.
In other transactions before rosters were frozen as part of the “deal”, RHP Carlos Bustamante was assigned to Reading. He had previously been unassigned. LHP Bailey Falter was assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading. He had been assigned to Lehigh Valley back in December to protect him from the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft. And, C Edgar Cabral was assigned to Reading from Clearwater. This transaction had transpired on March 9th but only recently turned up on any log.
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March 17, 2020 – Start date for minor league spring training games March 2020 – Americas Qualifier in Arizona (2020 Olympics qualifier) March 23, 2020 – Final spring training home game v. Rays March 26, 2020 – Phillies’ opening day at Miami, active roster reduced to 26 players March/April 2020 – At-Large Qualifier in Taiwan (2020 Olympics qualifier) April 2, 2020 – Phillies’ home opener v. Milwaukee
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative restart of spring training
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of 2020 MLB season
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of MiLB season
- June 10-12, 2021 – Amateur draft in Omaha, NE
- June 15, 2020 – International amateur signing period closes
- July 2, 2020 – International amateur signing period opens
- July 10, 2020 – Deadline for drafted players to sign, except for players who have exhausted college eligibility
- July 14,2020 – All-Star Game at Los Angeles
- July 31, 2020 – Last day during the season to trade a player
- August 31, 2020 – Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster
- September 1, 2020 — Active rosters expand to 28 players
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RF Kyle Garlick to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Reggie McClain to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley
3/25/2020 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – RHP Anthony Swarzak assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – RHP Blake Parker assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 2B Logan Forsythe assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 3B T.J. Rivera assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/16/2020 – CF Yhoswar Garcia assigned to DSL Phillies White
3/14/2020 – Phillies signed international FA CF Yhoswar Garcia to an MiLB contract
3/11/2020 – Phillies signed international FA OF Felix Reyes to an MiLB contract (2/22/20)
3/10/2020 – Phillies optioned Garrett Cleavinger to Lehigh Valley
3/10/2020 – Phillies optioned Mauricio Llovera to Lehigh Valley
3/10/2020 – Phillies assigned Darick Hall to minor league camp
3/09/2020 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Reading from Clearwater
3/09/2020 – Phillies optioned Deivy Grullon to Lehigh Valley
3/09/2020 – Phillies optioned Arquimedes Gamboa to Reading
3/09/2020 – Phillies assigned Austin Listi to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned JoJo Romero to Lehigh Valley
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned Adonis Medina to Reading
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned Cristopher Sanchez to Reading
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Kyle Dohy to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Damon Jones to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Zach Warren to minor league camp
3/04/2020 – Phillies signed OF Jordan McArdle to a minor league contract
3/04/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Jason Lott to minor league contract