MLBPA Files Grievance Against Pirates and Three Other Teams

Major League Baseball Player’s Association has filed a grievance against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins and Oakland A’s over their spending of revenue sharing dollars. There were rumors of this happening earlier in the off-season with the Marlins and Pirates being named.

The Pirates responded back then to those rumors and also released a statement today from President Frank Coonelly. The original response noted that the Commissioner had no concerns over the Pirates and their spending:

“The MLBPA’s grievance against the Pirates is patently baseless. We look forward to demonstrating as much to the Arbitrator if the MLBPA continues to pursue this meritless claim. As indicated when the MLBPA first expressed its “concern” in a press release, the Pirates have always invested its revenue sharing receipts in a manner entirely consistent with the Basic Agreement. As previously indicated, our revenue sharing receipts have decreased for seven consecutive seasons while our Major League payroll has more than doubled over this same period. Our revenue sharing receipts are now just a fraction of what we spend on Major League payroll. We also have made significant investments in scouting, signing amateur players, our player development system and our baseball facilities. It is regrettable and that the MLBPA would react to a free agent market that is apparently not to its liking by filing a frivolous grievance against a Club that has continued to invest heavily in all areas of its Baseball Operations notwithstanding steadily diminishing revenue sharing receipts”

MLB also had a statement according to Bill Brink.

  • If you can’t trust a team with revenue sharing, have a mandatory floor and ceiling salary cap

  • MLBPA thought MLB clubs would continue to throw good money after bad with ridiculously expensive contracts for players in their late 30’s. Unfortunately for Agents and older, declining players, the large market teams have allocated resources to big brains in the front office. And they have come to the conclusion the game is becoming more specialized and younger.

    I expect the next deal between MLB & MLBPA will include either a reduction in service time needed to reach FA, or FA by a certain age. Not really fair for late blooming players to never have their proverbial bite at the apple, so to speak.

    • Not sure of the fairness issue for older players. If they bloom later, why should clubs carry the expense of continuing to develop them and invest in them to be forced to pay considerably more before they have a proven MLB track record.

  • Maybe this will force them to open up the books

  • the president has weighed in on the MLBPA greivances

  • BucsStopHere
    May 30, 2018 11:12 am

    Pure Greed! When I was a kid the players would come up to the dugout during batting practice and sign autographs. When I was 11-years-old (1971) I even sent a letter to Roberto Clemente and he responded and sent me an autograph photo. Today I have to pay $35.00 to park my car, $12.00 for a beer and $20.00 for a no name player’s autograph. One day I hope the players in MLB, the NBA will realize they were kids once and reach out to the kids and not into their pockets.

  • So if the grievance turns out to have no merit, that means people really have to stop calling the Pirates cheep. It just means the Pirates are just poor not cheap.