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cinreds21
11-04-2011, 04:05 PM
Didn't see one up there. Here's an update for today:


MLB's collective bargaining agreement expires five weeks from now. Here's the latest on what the upcoming CBA will look like and when we might hear an announcement:

The players and owners expect some sort of luxury tax system will exist under the new agreement, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The luxury tax technically expired when the 2011 season ended and created a "hang-up" in the negotiations, according to Stark.

Owners continue to demand hard slotting for draft picks and the union won't budge, so the sides are at a "standoff," Stark reports.

The MLBPA aims to ensure that teams no longer surrender top picks for signing Type A free agents starting this offseason. However, the owners will only make this change in return for hard slotting, according to Stark.

Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations, is the point man on the Dodgers' ownership issues and the collective bargaining agreement, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter). The sale of the Dodgers has slowed CBA talks, but it appears the sides will reach a deal within a few weeks.

I found the part I highlighted in bold most interesting.

UKFlounder
11-04-2011, 04:23 PM
If they no longer give up draft picks for signing certain free agents, is there any reason to have free agent "types" any more? Am I forgetting some other use that designation might have? (comparing salaries for negotiations, perhaps?)

dougdirt
11-04-2011, 04:29 PM
I am all for hard slotting in the draft. It keeps the draft set up the way it was meant to be, to give the worst teams the chances at the best players.

With that said, it will be interesting to see how things go in terms of compensation. I think that the system is broken due to the numbers used to determine "types". I also think that in some cases, it does indeed hurt some players (mostly older guys who aren't going to get 3+ year deals) from getting market value deals because a team doesn't want to pay both market value for a guy and give up a draft pick.

Scrap Irony
11-04-2011, 04:41 PM
I would think a one-for-one swap of hard slotting for noncompensation would work, though this does really screw the whole Votto situation.

Joseph
11-04-2011, 06:33 PM
The question is, would you still get that 'sandwich' pick if you lose a certain level player?