CBA Updates: Draft Slotting Notes

Two updates on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the draft slotting talks that are holding the agreement back: -Jon Heyman tweets that MLB and the union aren’t far from a new CBA deal, but draft slotting is still a snag.  Heyman mentions that Bud Selig is pushing for hard slotting, which we already knew.  However, he also mentions that small market teams want hard slotting. That last comment might seem strange to Pirates...

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A Draft Luxury Tax?

Earlier this week we heard that draft bonuses were the last major issue to be resolved in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, with Bud Selig pushing for hard slotting.  Since then we’ve heard that hard slotting is pretty much dead, although Buster Olney reports that the changes that are now being discussed involve a luxury tax on total draft spending. MLB has a luxury tax on total payroll, which only really affects three teams....

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2011-2012 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2011/2012 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year...

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Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update.  Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Two weeks ago I looked at the shortstop options on the market, and compared them to Cedeno.  The shortstop market is strong this year, although it is led by guys such as...

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Draft Bonuses Still an Issue With the CBA

There is just one major issue remaining before the Major League Baseball owners and the players union agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that issue is draft bonuses, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.  Bud Selig has been pushing for a hard slotting system, and has said that the issue is “really critical” to him.  However, the players union is against the idea of limiting bonuses for...

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Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other 27 teams that are waiting for the off-season to begin, this means that we will start to see the first off-season moves being made no later than a week from today. We know about the moves that the Pirates plan to...

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