Based on the most recent communications between the MLBPA and MLB, the union is rejecting and is not responding to the owners’ most recent proposal. The union did ask the commissioner to start the season according to his right as the commissioner. So, baseball by mid-July? The end of July?
I know most of you will be happy with the resumption of baseball.
A 48-52 game season is fewer games than are played in a D1 college baseball season. Maybe MLB should hold regionals and super regionals before holdin a “World Series” in a neutral site.
From what I have read, the trap being set for the owners is that any season less than the 72 in their most recent proposal will support the union’s contention that the owners never bargained in good faith. If the owners stick to their most recent 72-game schedule with less then full pro-rated salaries, the union will sue for full, pro-rated salaries. Not a bad scenario for the union, since Manfred has the right to start the season whenever he wants, with or without an agreement.
The one thing Manfred can’t do is expand the playoffs without an agreement with the union. Speaking of playoffs, MLB just signed off on a multi-billion dollaer agreement with TBS to televise a game on Sundays, an LCS series, 2 Division Series and one Wild card game each season for a $470M/year from 2022-28. Poor, broke owners.
BTW, I’ve been getting most of my legal information from Eugene Freedman when Kyle Glaser retweets some of his lengthier explanations. Freedman is a labor lawyer who is counsel to the President of the Traffic Controllers Association and is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus on labor relations. He explains things with precision but in language I can understand.
The following has been bothering me for a while now. After the mass releases a couple weeks ago, Scott Boras said he would pay the salaries of released minor leaguers whom he represented. The union responded that Boras could not do, citing the following –
“Any gifts or promise of gifts, of money or of any other thing with an aggregate value exceeding $500 U.S. in any calendar year, by an expert agent advisor to any single player, or any persons related to or associated with such player are prohibited.”
Where the f*** does the union get off making rules concerning the representation of players they do not represent. This along with all the things the MLBPA barters away that concern minor league players galls me. I would like to see this go to court. I’m sure anti-trust protection doesn’t extent to the MLBPA.
When draft picks or non-drafted free agents sign contracts, they are eligible for the minor league stipend. The Phillies and many other teams have instructed their development staffs to delay the required physicals until the last week of July to save money. Just kidding.
Some sports news outlets have reported that the Phillies’ third round pick, Casey Martin has signed. He was quoted as saying he has signed, but declined to reveal his bonus amount. His signing hasn’t appeared on the draft trackers I follow, nor have the Phillies announced his or any other signings.
Baseball America has reported that the Philles have signed 3 non-drafted free agents. I will update our draft tracker with this information.
The current Draft Discussion that includes a draft tracker. I’ll update it if/when the comments section becomes unwieldy. I suggest that we take our draft talk there.
This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics.
- May 26, 2020 – Owners present latest proposal to players
- May 31, 2020 – MLBPA counters with their own proposal
- May 31, 2020 – Owners reject players’ proposal
- June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
- June 14, 2020 – Teams can begin to sign non-drafted players
- July 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021 – Start of the international signing period
- August 1, 2020 – Signing period for 2020 draft picks closes
- 5/29/2020 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Aaron Brown
- 5/29/2020 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Junior Tejada
- 5/29/2020 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Brandon Leibrandt
- 5/29/2020 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 3B Ali Castillo
- 5/29/2020 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 3B T.J. Rivera
- 5/29/2020 – Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Carlos Bustamante
- 5/29/2020 – Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Sandro Rosario
- 5/29/2020 – Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Tyler Hallead
- 5/29/2020 – Clearwater Threshers released C Willie Estrada
- 5/29/2020 – Clearwater Threshers released RHP Waylon Richardson
- 5/29/2020 – Clearwater Threshers released RF Ben Aklinski
- 5/29/2020 – Clearwater Threshers released RHP Michael Gomez
- 5/29/2020 – Lakewood BlueClaws released SS Raul Rivas
- 5/29/2020 – Lakewood BlueClaws released 2B Hunter Stovall
- 5/29/2020 – GCL Phillies East released RHP Brian Auerbach
- 5/29/2020 – GCL Phillies East released C Juan Mendez
- 5/29/2020 – GCL Phillies West released OF Jordan McArdle
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Joan Hernandez
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies Red released SS Raibently Mercalina
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Cristofer Adames
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies Red released LHP Daivin Perez
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies White released LHP Alberto Torres
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies White released LHP Nathanael Bido
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies White released LHP Camilo Hinestroza
- 5/29/2020 – DSL Phillies White released RHP Raul Mendoza
- 5/15/2020 – OF Felix Reyes assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – RHP Edgar Zuniga assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – SS Erick Barria assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – Jose Palacio released (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – Victor Alfonso released (2/17/20)
- 5/15/2020 – Norman Anciani released (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – Fausto Pediet released (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – Luis Vegas released (2/18/20)
- 5/07/2020 – RHP Jason Lott assigned to GCL Phillies East