Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The owners and the Player's Association have formally reached an agreement on a new 5 year labor contract. Among the highlights:
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Ken Rosenthal reports that a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the player's union is "expected to be completed before the end of the World Series." Of note:
"The deal will not eliminate draft-pick compensation for departed free agents, but the current plan will be modified, the source told FOXSports.com."However, Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News reports (link via BTF):
"The new deal won’t have any major changes from the past, but there were be several subtle alterations that will have a long-term benefit. The two sides have agreed to eliminate draft choice compensation for teams losing free agents, and they will have a slotting system for bonus money paid to June draft choices."Update 3:30 PM: MLB and the Players Association have reached a tentative agreement on a 5 year contract. Gammons adds this tidbit:
"The new agreement will likely end draft choice compensation for losing free agents, move up the contract tender date from around Dec. 20 to early December, and other small alterations. No pay-for-performance. No salary cap.***
The stats at Baseball Reference have been updated to include the 2006 season. The stat that really jumps off the page is Pedro Feliz' offensive production...or lack thereof. Are the Giants really going to give big money to a 3B coming off a season where he posted an OPS+ of 79?
...Expandedbooks.com has a brief interview posted on You tube with Joshua Prager, the author of The Echoing Green...