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News conference tomorrow to announce the new collective bargaining agreement

Nov 21, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

Selig and Weiner

The owners and the MLBPA are going to reach a memorandum of understanding on the new five-year collective bargaining agreement today, and they’ve announced that there will be a news conference tomorrow afternoon to make the new labor deal public.

We know most of the larger components already: blood testing for human growth hormone, an increase in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on draftee bonuses and international free agent signings. It also modifies the luxury tax on high payrolls and changes compensation for clubs losing major league free agents.

But mostly this will be a gloat conference. The owners and the union acting justifiably smug for putting together what will, by the time the contract is over, be 21 straight years of labor peace.

And I’m glad they can gloat about it.

  1. sknut - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Bravo Bravo-MLB and MLBPA you deserve to gloat especially after watching your football and basketball brothers go through labor hell. Deal might not be perfect for each side but rarely is a deal perfect.

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    It’s fascinating that no one wanted to renegotiate the division of money. No one got greedy, and no one tried to blame the other side for their own mis-spending.

    Selig has done a great job here in controlling the owners. David Stern should take notes,

    • Kevin S. - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      I don’t think baseball actually has a set division of money the way salary-cap leagues do.

  3. Chris St. John - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I’m really interested to learn more about this, because right now I really don’t like the specifics of the agreement.

    1. Testing for HGH, which has not shown to improve performance (http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2007/04/i-dont-worry-about-hgh-in-baseball-and-neither-should-you/)

    2. Making it more difficult for teams to spend in the draft, which hurts small-market teams who primarily build a team that way. It also may sway two-sport prospects away from baseball because they may make more money elsewhere. It may also decrease team spending internationally, decreasing the talent pool there as well.

    3. Instead of removing super-2, they are increasing the amount of players eligible for it? My first thought is that this will make teams keep prospects in the minor leagues for longer to avoid super-2 status, which sucks hard in my opinion.

    4. I don’t understand the free agent compensation yet, so I will withhold judgement there.

    So to recap: Less talent from other sports, less youth in the majors, more testing for a substance that doesn’t increase performance. But I guess it increases available jobs to the veteran players like Jamey Carroll? I would definitely definitely rather watch him play than Mike Trout.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      If I’m not mistaken, by expanding the Super-Two pool it makes it more difficult for teams to hold players back in hopes of avoiding second-year arbitration. Keeping them in the minors until June can be a tough trade-off. What if you have to keep them down past the All-Star break?

    • tcostant - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Chris St. John, I think that is a really good post, except your missing the point on #2. Two many small market teams, pass on player they have ranked higher because of signablity issues; hopefully this rule can rain in the bonus, so teams just draft the best players; not the most signable.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Do they? It seems like small-market teams are the biggest draft spenders. Capping draft spending rewards teams for not being smart.

  4. MadDog Rickles - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Here’s to another 5 years of Yankee, Red Sox, Phillies, (insert big market team here) dominance

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