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MLB teams already looking for loopholes in CBA

May 8, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

Michael Ynoa AP

Baseball America’s Ben Badler has an awfully interesting article up on how teams are already (and how they still might) look to exploit grey areas in the CBA in order to sign international prospects.

Starting on July 2, teams will be limited to spending $2.9 million in bonuses to international free agents through the next year. That’ll make things difficult on many teams, some of whom have exceeded that amount just to sign one player in past years.

So, teams will likely look for every advantage they can, whether it’s exploiting a loophole or maybe making some under-the-table payments. Badler has a number of examples of how things could work, and it’s well worth reading.

  1. jwbiii - May 8, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    The buscones will find a way to game the system. This is much of a truism as “Never play cards with a man called Doc.”

  2. js20011041 - May 9, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Are MLB owners really that cheap and shortsighted that they thought limiting the talent pool coming in to baseball was a good thing? I hate this new CBA. It’s essentially taken a couple of avenues that the small market teams can use to become competitive (spending in the draft and on international players) away just so that the cheapskates can add a few more million to their fortunes. Fucking rich people.

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