Stark On CBA, Rays, Lidge, Rockies

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark makes the case that Justin Verlander is the MVP of the American League before providing a new set of rumblings from around baseball. Here they are…

  • MLB and the players' association hope to announce the details of a new labor deal before the World Series ends, but they have some major issues to work out before then. Stark hears that the draft, including spending and compensation, could be an ongoing source of tension this month.
  • The sides have discussed a reverse luxury tax that would penalize teams that spend well under the average payroll.
  • MLB executives are impressed by the way the Rays have resisted rushing young pitchers to the Major Leagues to ensure they're prepared for a full season of work once they arrive. Tampa Bay executive Gerry Hunsicker says it's "not rocket science."
  • One rival executive thinks James Shields is staying put this winter. It won't be surprising if the Rays listen on Shields, since he would have through-the-roof value as a trade chip.
  • Brad Lidge, who has pitched well since returning from the disabled list, will listen to offers from teams that are interested in him as a setup man this offseason, according to agent Rex Gary. There's no indication that the Phillies have discussed a new deal with Lidge, though he is open to returning to Philadelphia (the team will decline its $12.5MM option for 2012). 
  • The Rockies will try to lower payroll by $4MM or so to the $83-84MM range this offseason and they may get partway there by dealing Chris Iannetta.
  • Stark heard from rival executives who expect Albert Pujols to stay in St. Louis, Prince Fielder to join the Nationals and Jose Reyes to sign in San Francisco.


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16 Comments on "Stark On CBA, Rays, Lidge, Rockies"


0bsessions
3 years 11 months ago

“The sides have discussed a reverse luxury tax that would penalize teams that spend well under the average payroll.”

I like it. Get it in writing like yesterday.

cubsfan97
3 years 11 months ago

Overall I like the idea for greedy owners like Loria, however, I think a team should be allowed to present their ideas for the future to the Commish and explain why they have the payroll lower than it is.  The Rays and Pirates are two teams I can think of in the past 5 years that had an ungodly low payroll, but for a reason, and not for greed.  As their plans unfolded, their payroll increased, proving it was part of a plan. 

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

I agree. Ultimately I think it should come down to a matter of profits v. payroll, in other words is the team spending to its potential. Also I don’t think there needs to be a fine, just deny the team any revenue sharing and redistribute it.

Ron Greenawalt
3 years 11 months ago

but it wasn’t always low for a plan, unless you consider lining Bob Nuttings pockets with baseball welfare a plan

3 years 11 months ago

Chris Ianetta is nothing more than a backup catcher. You’re not going to get much for a backup catcher

Alex
3 years 11 months ago

Shut up, ianneta is a better catcher than you’ll ever be

NickinIthaca
3 years 11 months ago

Chris is that you? 

Seriously though, take that personal much?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

Terry Tiffee is probably a better baseball player than a majority of the people who post on this site… so are most of the players in the independent leagues. I just wouldn’t want any of them on my teams.

Jose Herrera
3 years 11 months ago

Here’s the problem concerning the collective bargaining agreements on professional sports owners and players should talk during the whole season so the owners know what the players want and players know what the owners want so then when it’s time to get a deal done they should not jeopardize the seasons.

3 years 11 months ago

MLB has been doing that. They’re smarter than  NFL and NBA

Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
3 years 11 months ago

“Rival executives” expect Jose Reyes to sign in San Francisco.  Yet Andrew Baggarly heard: Ain’t no way Jose Reyes will consider signing with the Giants this winter.

3 years 11 months ago

tampa bay executive Gerry hunsicker “it’s not rocket science”

Yeah it’s easy not to bring up your young talented pitchers when you’re not winning! That’s the case with other teams they have a great team and feel their young solid arm could help complete the team to a world series caliber ball club. That player in most cases does pretty well his first couple of starts. But sooner or later his pitching game gets shot to hell. Point I’m making is it’s an easy decision to keep your young guns down in the minors to let them develop more fully when you dont need them in the majors…

0bsessions
3 years 11 months ago

Ummm, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Rays ARE winning (Current series aside, but the Yankees seem to have their number this season).

baybombers
3 years 11 months ago

No major league baseball cant get a lockout! We cant have a remake of 94′

BlueCatuli
3 years 11 months ago

I’d be shocked if that happened.

3 years 11 months ago

Well he hasn’t played Basketball in a while. I don’t know what he’s doing now