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Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement:

What am I referring to? The decision to increase the percentage of players who are classified as “Super Two’s” in baseball’s arbitration system … were almost always safe in past years waiting until late-May or early-June before promoting top prospects. Now, though, that cut-off date will be pushed ahead, perhaps several weeks. Which means GMs are probably going to have to wait until early-to-late June if they want to ensure their top prospects don’t qualify as Super Twos.

I suppose everyone will live Harper makes the bigs in June instead of May. Somehow.


  1. acheron2112 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    “Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District”

    They don’t even aspire that high; the marketing campaign is just “Nats Town”.

  2. fellspointbird - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Players Union is getting out of hand with all of this. More Super-2’s, astronomically high salaries, and the like… how long is it before we start to see $20 million dollar (per year) closers? 2nd year players making $10million? All of baseball is going to end up becoming feeder teams to the higher income few.

    • paperlions - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      No, it isn’t. Teams will adjust just fine….and many already are….all they have to do is to stop giving dumb contracts to veterans that have already proven they are below average MLB players….with non-stupid management, all this will do is put salaries in line with ability/talent/production more quickly.

    • protius - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:28 AM

      Dude, this is about baseball; the Obama thread is on CNN.

  3. paperlions - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Oh, and Harper isn’t ready to be an MLB regular anyway, he was a league average AA player while at that level last year….he could use at least another 1/2 season in the minors. If this affects him at all, it’ll be because they don’t bring him up until June of 2013.

    • 5thbase - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      I respectfully disagree. 147 AB’s isn’t really a lot to go on. If you just look at the numbers you have a point, but if you consider the whole situation I think that “he isn’t ready” is overly simplistic. Now if you look at Yount as a rookie and say he wasn’t really ready or J. Upton or Andrew Jones, etc. and say that in that same way Harper isn’t ready, then ok, I guess so. But the Nats aren’t going to win anyway, just like the Brewers weren’t going to win in Yount’s rookie year, so why not play a guy who is clearly going to be there sooner than later anyway.

      • paperlions - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        First, because he isn’t ready, and pushing guys too fast retards development, it doesn’t accelerate it.

        Second, if they aren’t going to win next year anyway, there is no reason to waste a year of cost control on a guy that isn’t ready anyway.

        No, 147 ABs isn’t a lot to go on….but is is all we got, and it wasn’t great…it really wasn’t even good, and it certainly didn’t indicate that he’s ready to start next year in the majors.

  4. lembeck4 - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Funny, I just assumed Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg would have to approve the CBA personally before it could be announced.Oh, and Matt Wieters too…..

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