“There shall be no Competitive Balance Tax in place following the 2021 championship season, and the Parties expressly acknowledge and agree that the provisions of this Article XXIII (except those concerning the collection and distribution of the Competitive Balance tax proceeds for the 2021 Contract Year and the assessment of any associated penalties for exceeding the Base Tax or Surcharge Thresholds) shall not survive the expiration of this Agreement.”
The text above comes from Section I. the “Sunset” section under ARTICLE XXIII, the Competitive Balance Tax in the CBA.
I was reading through the CBA and the MLR and came across the above. It made me think. I thought it was odd that the Luxury Tax would have to be negotiated with the Players’ Association. It seems like it should be negotiated among the owners since the ones who cry poor would want to limit the amount of money the “rich” owners spend.
Then instead of reading randomly, I looked for other indications that the poor owners are benefitting through the rich owners.
The most obvious example is the competitive balance selections that clubs are given between the first and second and the second and third rounds. The ten teams that rank the lowest NLDR (Net Defined Local Revenue) and the ten clubs with the lowest Market Score who are not among the ten lowest NLDR (as defined in the CBA). There is some overlap between the groups and about 15 teams will qualify each year.
A less obvious example is the Revenue Sharing Plan (Article XXIV in the CBA) where organizations put a calculated percentage of revenue (Blended Net Local Revenue) into a pool that is divided equally among the teams that have a Market Score of 100 or less . The more effective businesses are therefore subsidizing the less effective businesses. The Market Scores for each team are in Attachment 26 of the CBA. (RANK. CLUB, SCORE: 1. NYY, 235; 1. NYM, 235; 3. LAD, 178; 3. LAA, 178; 5. CHI, 124; 5. CWS, 124; 7. TOR, 119; 8. WSH, 113; 9. PHI, 111; 10. OAK, 108; 10. SF, 108; 12. BOS, 101; 12. TEX, 101; 14. ATL, 96; 15. HOU, 93; 16. SEA, 81; 17. MIN, 76; 18. DET, 74; 19. ARI, 72; 19. TB, 72; 21. BAL, 70; 21. COL, 70; 23. MIA, 69; 24. CLE, 64; 25. SD, 60; 26. STL, 57; 27. PIT, 56; 28. KC, 53; 29. MIL, 52; 30. CIN, 51)
These are three examples of the cheap owners gleaning benefits from the other owners. Of particular interest to me is that the extra picks do not come with additional money (other than that received in revenue sharing), but the picks are assigned a cash value that inflates their bonus pool allotment. So, the teams that cry poor can afford to pay for additional draft picks.
Now, this brings me to another glaring example (in my mind) of the cheap owners exerting influence over the rich ones. MLB is in the process of reorganizing the minor leagues. They claim it is to improve player development among other reasons. I believe that it is a way for the major league franchises to regain control and ownership of their affiliates. All MLB teams owned their affiliates at onetime. But, after World War II and by the end of the Korean War, ownership of a minor league team was losing money. So, MLB franchises divested themselves of their affiliates. Now, however, minor league teams are making money. So, of course, MLB franchises want to regain ownership of their affiliates.
Whether what I believe is true or not, what is true is that running affiliates does cost money. Money the cheap owners don’t want to invest. But, they wish to limit the amount of money that the richer owners can invest. So they want to limit the number of affiliates that ALL teams can have.
Of all the things above, I would hope that the competitive balance picks would be negotiated away. I would have included the reduction of the minor league affiliates, but that ship has sailed.
In other news, teams must submit their rosters to the MLB offices by Friday for the Rule 5 Draft.
The Phillies are close to signing Caleb Cotham, a Driveline devotee, as pitching coach. That would seem to cement Driveline in the organization from top to bottom. It appears that more traditional pitching instructors have been let go when their contracts were up or offered buyouts.
RHP Gilmael Troya was released. Troya was claimed during the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft in 2018. In four years with the Yankees, Troya didn’t get above rookie ball in the Appalachian League. He pitched for Lakewood in 2019 and went 5-0, 2.56 with 52 strike outs in 52.2 innings. But, he bounced around among affiliates. Looks like he was injured for most of the season. He’s still Rule 5 eligible, and probably wasn’t expected to be protected on the Lehigh Valley roster.
Looks like the Phillies are going to interview candidates for President of Baseball Operations and GM. Maybe. We’ll see.
JT Realmuto declined his qualifying offer. Noe surprise there.
Someone asked if I thought the Phillies would allow fans in the Complex next spring. I honestly think not. The Phillies love their secrets. They didn’t allow scouts at the Alternate Training Site. They didn’t allow scouts at the Complex during Instructs. They conduct all business behind a cloak of secrecy. I think they like the way they ran Instructs in a bubble. I believe that they would like to do the same with spring training. However, I also believe that they will sell a limited number of tickets to spring training games. Of course, that will depend on what happens with COVID and what MLB and the Players’ Association agree to do regarding next season. Sorry.
Okay, I’m looking for suggestions on how to come up with a Readers’ Top 30 this year. It would be difficult to conduct polls since most prospects did not play. But, we’ve added 4 new draft picks, added 12 new undrafted free agent pitchers, traded Seabold, lost Grullon to waivers, watched Howard, Moniak, Medina, Romero, Marchan, Brogdon perform at the major league level, and watched Alec Bohm graduate to the majors and win the ROY vote I held in my living room.
Our poll before the 2020 season was as follows
Alec Bohmgraduated to Phillies, exceeded rookie limits
- Spencer Howard – rookie status still intact
- Bryson Stott
- Erik Miller
- Mickey Moniak – rookie status still intact
- Francisco Morales
Connor Seaboldthrow-in to Boston for two dead arms
- Ethan Lindow
- Adonis Medina – rookie status still intact
- Luis Garcia
- JoJo Romero – rookie status still intact
- Simon Muzziotti
- Rafael Marchan – rookie status still intact
- Damon Jones
- Johan Rojas
- Logan O’Hoppe
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Nick Maton
- Kevin Gowdy
- Kendall Simmons
- Matt Vierling
- Luke Leftwich
Deivy Grullonclaimed off waivers by Boston
- Mauricio Llovera
- Kyle Young
- Starlyn Castillo
- Connor Brogdon – rookie status still intact
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Christopher Sanchez
- Cole Irvin
- Jamari Baylor
- Josh Stephen
- Andrew Schultz
- David Parkinson
Addison Russtraded to Yankees (Hale)
- Colton Eastman
- Dominic Pipkin
- Austin Listi
- Zach Warren
- Darick Hall
Hinkie et al, let me know when it would be appropriate to start a separate amateur discussion for the draft. Rocco, et is Latin for “and”, al is short for Albert, Allen, Alvin …
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- September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
- October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
- October 28, 2020 – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- November 1, 2020 – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November 11, 2020 – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019) November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 20, 2020 – Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2020 – Non-tender Deadline – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) on their 40-man rosters
December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
- December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2021 – Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to arbiter
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2021 international signing period
- February 17, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 22, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 24, 2021 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 27, 2021 – First spring training game
- April 1, 2021 – Opening Day for ALL 30 teams
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2021 international signing period
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
The rosters and lists are up to date as of November 15th … 322 players in the org
11/11/2020 – JT Realmuto declined Qualifying Offer
11/11/2020 – Reading released RHP Gilmael Troya
11/09/2020 – Rodolfo Sanchez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport
11/05/2020 – Tampa Bay traded RHP Rodolfo Sanchez to Phillies
11/05/2020 – RHP Rodolfo Sanchez assigned to Williamsport
11/02/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Seranthony Dominguez from the 60-day IL
11/02/2020 – CF Mikie Mahtook elected free agency
11/02/2020 – C Jonathan Lucroy elected free agency
11/02/2020 – LF Nick Martini elected free agency
11/02/2020 – C Christian Bethancourt elected free agency
11/02/2020 – OF Grenny Cumana elected free agency
11/02/2020 – 3B Jose Gomez elected free agency
11/02/2020 – 3B Jose Antequera elected free agency
11/02/2020 – RHP Gustavo Armas elected free agency
11/02/2020 – RHP Alejandro Requena elected free agency
11/01/2020 – Phillies extend Qualifying Offer to JT Realmuto