Day 54 of Mister Manfred’s lockout. The two sides will meet Monday with the Players Association expected to respond to the owners’ recent opening salvo.
Sometime Monday, hopefully after the meeting, MLB will unleash their MLB Insiders with the owners’ version of the meeting and well, everything. You know who they are and have seen them at work. One recent post stated that earlier free agency will destroy baseball. BS.
I recommend you follow –
- ESPN’s Jeff Passan is the writer who appears to be privy to the discussions and has been very fair with his writing. His account of the meeting will not be the first out. He gets the story right at the expense of being first.
- Evan Drehlich of the Athletic has been providing excellent insight into the standoff.
- On Twitter, Eugene Freedman is a labor lawyer who provides excellent explanations of labor law and how it applies to baseball. He’s also a big Prince fan.
Just to recap, MLB offered the following at the last meeting –
- MLB offered to revamp its system for compensating Super Two players. (The new system is similar to what the players rejected as a replacement for arbitration.)
- MLB offered to address service time manipulation by rewarding teams that promoted prospects from MLB’s Top 100 who won ROY or finished in the top 3 for CY Young or MVP in his first three seasons. (The flaw here is that the lists and awards are arbitrarily voted for by baseball writers.)
- MLB offered an international draft.
- MLB offered to address tanking by offering a draft lottery for the three worst teams. (The union wants a more realistic eight-team lottery.)
- MLB continued to push for a 14-team playoff.
- MLB proposed a universal designated hitter.
The offer did not address core economic issues like –
- raising the minimum salary,
- earlier arbitration,
- earlier free agency,
- changes to revenue sharing, and
- a fairly large increase to the competitive balance threshold.
Hopefully, we’ll know the players’ counter-proposal sometime Monday.
The international signing period opened last Saturday.
The Phillies have a budget of $5,179,700. They have signed 19 players so far and have spent a reported $4,400,000 on seven of their guys and have $779,700 to spend on the other twelve and any additional players. Any signings $10K and under don’t count against their bonus allotment.
Here are the 19 players they have signed so far. I don’t post bonuses since it puts players and families in Venezuela at risk. The six newest reports are in bold text.
- William Bergolla Jr., SS, Venezuela
- Aroon Escobar, SS, Venezuela
- Romel Perez, OF, Venezuela
- Leny Carela, SS, Dominican Republic
- Neifi Rosario, OF, Dominican Republic
- Angel Mata, C, Venezuela
- Eduar Chirinos, LHP, Venezuela
- Nolan Beltran, SS, Colombia
- Luis Gonzalez, RHP, Venezuela
- Juan Villavicencio, SS, Venezuela
- Kilwer Colmenares, SS, Venezuela
- Manolfi Jimenez, OF, Dominican Republic
- Andres Hernandez, SS, Venezuela
- Enrique Segura, RHP, Dominican Republic
- Nikau-Pouaka Grego, INF, Australia
- Lou Helmig, OF, Germany
- Jeffrey German, RHP, Dominican Republic
- John Sosa, LHP, Dominican Republic
- Miguelangel Rodriguez, RHP, Dominican Republic
This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics.
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (1/23/22)
- organization’s injury list (1/23/22)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (1/23/22) (includes player info, assignments, …)
- December 1, 2021: CBA expires
- December 2, 2021: Manfred locks out players
- December 15, 2021: Close of the 2020-21 international signing period
- January 15, 2022 – Start of the 2021-22 international signing period
- January 28,2022: Caribbean Series
- TBA: Minor League spring training reporting date (probably mid-to-late February)
- April 5, 2022: Lehigh Valley season opener at home v. Columbus
- April 8, 2022: Clearwater season opener at home v. Fort Myers
- April 8, 2022: Jersey Shore season opener at home v. Aberdeen
- April 8, 2022: Reading season opener at home v. Somerset