CBA Reactions

Yesterday, MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith broke down ten key aspects of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  More reactions to the changes…

  • Pirates president Frank Coonelly commented to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Is this everything the Pittsburgh Pirates hoped it would be? No.  But we don't subscribe to the notion it was aimed at us."  Even so, the Pirates' large draft expenditures of the last several years will be curbed in years to come.
  • The Nationals helped create the new landscape with draft spending limits, writes Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com.
  • Many free agents became more attractive to the Red Sox with the new CBA, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, as they are loathe to surrender draft picks.
  • Franchise values are reduced by the draft spending limits, agent Scott Boras tells Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
  • Bubba Starling's name came up multiple times during bargaining sessions, writes Yahoo's Jeff Passan, as the union was concerned teams will no longer be able to buy players out of other sports.  The Royals lured Starling away from football for $7.5MM this year.
  • One GM sees "massive problems" created by the new CBA, telling Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, "Competitive balance is going to get progressively worse." 
  • There was some shock among GMs at the $2.9MM cap on international signings, writes ESPN's Buster Olney.
  • Dave Cameron of FanGraphs says MLB reduced the chances that small-market teams will be able to build long-term winners because it made winning "a lot more about Major League payroll size than anything else."
  • Though Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com gives players and owners credit for completing the CBA peacefully, he believes the new regulations surrounding the draft and international amateurs are a minus.


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37 Comments on "CBA Reactions"


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MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

I think the new CBA and playoff structure is good for baseball, because it does everything to ensure the Yankees and Red Sox make the playoffs every year. What happens if the Rays and Blue Jays make the postseason? Who would watch? 

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Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 7 months ago

metsmagic i agree with you…before now i didnt even know who the rays and blue jays were until i looked them up on the internet.  i thought only the yankees and red soxes were in that division.  thanks for helping an old man learn!

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Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 7 months ago

well i’ll be!  there’s a team called the oreos in that division too!  wow what will they think of next?

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MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

They should be the only ones in that division. How dare another team succeed without a high payroll. They should just eliminate the draft altogether. 

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jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

They should put the mets in the al east so at least the cause of the imbalance wont be payroll, but just bad scouting and drafting

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MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

Ha! Jokes on you. Not only have the Mets had bad scouting and drafting, they don’t have money either. 

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MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

Move the Cubs there too. That’ll get things cooking in Baltimore. 

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MikeTorrez
3 years 7 months ago

I see what you did there.

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Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

I’m a Jays fan, and I wouldn’t watch them in a WS. Sounds too boring.

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

I think TV ratings would say otherwise. But i watch every WS regardless of who is in it

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Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

So do I. Was just being sarcastic.

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Hey i know plenty who wouldn’t watch it. Because the “yankees always win”

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Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

Do we really have to start this conversation up again? 😉

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Hey that last convo was about who buys X amount of championships, not WS TV ratings which I’m afraid to see to you, has the highest, at least the past decade, when it’s with the Yankees.

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Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

For the sake of our friendship I will change the subject.  

How about that Bruce Chen guy?

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legaryd
3 years 7 months ago

I think there are going to be a lot of unforeseen consequences that may actually hurt the big markets. Considering that the extra wild card will create a lot of “buyers” at the deadline, you’d think that the price of acquiring talent then would go up.  Considering that the big market teams are the most frequent buyers at the deadline the price of that ace pitcher will likely go up as well, helping the small markets who are often “sellers”.

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Casor_Greener
3 years 7 months ago

Are people still crying about this CBA?!?!

Every time something changes in a sport, everyone cries “this will destroy the game” and guess what?  No game has been destroyed.

If you really think a bunch of kids that played baseball are going to pass on $2M and go play football where the chances of success are not much better you are out of your mind. Either way, theoretically speaking it’s still better to take the $1M and go play baseball than it is to stay in college for 3 years, and even now basketball might be requiring 2 years.

All this does is make kids take less money.  The only people who TRULY got screwed are the agents for these young kids

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Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 7 months ago

too much typing for an old man.  keep your thoughts to two lines or less boy.

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

If he is old, what does that make you?

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0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

I’m unsure if you’re playing along or if the fact that you’re very young is showing.

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Now im not sure if that you’re playing along with me lol

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

And to note im typing from my phone and AmenRas picture isnt showing well on it

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jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

So there is a spending cap on the draft yet the worst teams will get more picks( does not make sense) there is a spending cap on international free agents with exception to Japanese players. But there is no salary cap? I like doing away from type a and type b guys and only the truly top free agents will garner a pick. That’s the smartest thing. But telling teams they can’t spend money on the draft and if they do they will get fined is nuts. Teams last season spent what 17 mill was the most on the draft. Yet arod, jeter, Crawford, Burnett, lackey, cc, Tex, all made more than that ( not combined). This new cba really does punnish teams like the padres, reys, o’s, royals, etc it favors the big market super teams. The nice thing is it’s only a 5 year cba.

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lguenther12
3 years 7 months ago

High tax on going over slot is very pricey compared to going over the luxury tax. This aspect of the cba clearly benefits the yankees, phillies and bosox and hurts teams like the royals, pirates and rays. I feel that a higher rate of luxury tax would help restore some competative balance. Do the yankees need yet another leg up………..really?

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

The Rays will not be picking near the top of the draft unless their team falls back to the way they were when they were the Devil Rays and gets a top 10 pick again. 

Then again, with the #1 farm system (If not 1, then probably 2), they are in no desperate need to restock their farm. 

Overall though it’s a very stupid thing, but I don’t think it’s all that harsh. If it hurts anything, it only hurts the next years draft.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

As a fan of a small market team rebuilding through the draft, i dislike that a team could lose draft a pick(s) for signing their picks

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MB923
3 years 7 months ago

I hear what you’re saying. But i think GMs and scouts would know when to overspend and when not to. It isnt necessarily the small markets teams that this hurts. Its more so for the teams with the low draft picks. Astros get the first pick and Houston is far from a small market.

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jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

The rangers wouldnt be able to sign martin under these new guidelines.