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Gallen5862
09-27-2010, 08:54 PM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

The above dates are confirmed. On the unconfirmed side, there is word that the Rule 5 draft may be moved to November 20th. The Rule 5 draft typically marks the end of the Winter Meetings, but that gathering takes place from December 6-9 this year in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The goal here, according to Stark, is to lengthen the offseason free agent negotiating period, resulting in fewer unsigned players in February and March.

Brutus
09-27-2010, 09:09 PM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

The above dates are confirmed. On the unconfirmed side, there is word that the Rule 5 draft may be moved to November 20th. The Rule 5 draft typically marks the end of the Winter Meetings, but that gathering takes place from December 6-9 this year in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The goal here, according to Stark, is to lengthen the offseason free agent negotiating period, resulting in fewer unsigned players in February and March.

Most of this is pretty intuitive. I wonder how the pushing up the Rule 5 date would impact the roster protection. Currently teams have to submit lists by November 20. I wonder if they'll move up the protection deadline, allowing teams to prepare for the Rule 5, or if they'll keep it the same.

RED VAN HOT
09-27-2010, 10:22 PM
I don't believe that the short negotiating period is the problem.

RedsManRick
09-28-2010, 09:52 AM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

The above dates are confirmed. On the unconfirmed side, there is word that the Rule 5 draft may be moved to November 20th. The Rule 5 draft typically marks the end of the Winter Meetings, but that gathering takes place from December 6-9 this year in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The goal here, according to Stark, is to lengthen the offseason free agent negotiating period, resulting in fewer unsigned players in February and March.

I don't quite understand this. Is calendar time the reason why so many players go unsigned? I always understood it to be a function of the end point of the negotiation window.

Brutus
09-28-2010, 02:04 PM
I don't quite understand this. Is calendar time the reason why so many players go unsigned? I always understood it to be a function of the end point of the negotiation window.

In my opinion, no. I don't really think there's much to it. Most of the players that remain unsigned are either unwanted or their agents simply have them stretch out negotiations purposefully.

Biz of Baseball has reported (http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4719:changes-to-offseason-calendar-will-lengthen-signing-period&catid=30:mlb-news&Itemid=42) that these dates are not fully set, though could be very soon.

Brutus
09-30-2010, 04:48 PM
MLBPA has issued a press release regarding the implementation of new offseason rules governing free agency, tenders and protection:

http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4729:mlb-mlbpa-announce-changes-to-salary-arbitration-and-free-agency-calendar&catid=30:mlb-news&Itemid=42

* Included are a reduced free agency election period from 15 days to 5 days, which will now include automated election by the player

* An advanced deadline to offer arbitration, with still only a week for players to accept

* Tender deadlines moved up

* Tighter rules against collusion

* Restrictions on clubs using the media for leverage in free agency

There were no dates mentioned in the release, but I believe the ones MLBTR reported this past week are accurate.