Legends On Deck

Players and Owners Agree On New Deal; Avoid Lockout

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

UPDATE: December 1, 2016

Just before 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 30, the owners and players finally agreed on a tentative CBA deal to prevent a lockout. While some details are still being worked out, below is a list of some of the major changes to the contract that will officially be in effect for five years.

  • The winner of the All-Star Game will no longer have home field advantage in the World Series. This is one of the biggest changes in the deal. The Pennant winner with the best record will now have home field advantage in the World Series, making the All-Star Game less important and mainly a fun event for the fans to enjoy.
  • In terms of free agency and draft picks,  starting next off-season, teams won’t lose a 1st Round Draft pick if they sign a top free agent.
  • If an Organization hasn’t exceeded the Luxury Tax, it will lose a 3rd Round Draft Pick. The threshold will also increase throughout the next five seasons. (2017- $195 million, 2018-$197 million, 2019-$206 million, 2020- $209 million, 2021- $210 million).
  • Though owners were talking about implementing an International Draft, there won’t be one but instead have created a Bonus Pool System which will set a budget on how much each team can spend, expected to be around $5 million each.
  • The disabled list time-table will now change from a minimum of 15 days to 10 days which will allow players to come back from a minor injury quicker than in previous seasons.
  • The 2018 season will start in the middle of the week to allow more off-days during the regular season.
  • Players who are entering the Major Leagues and have less than one day of Major League experience, will no longer be allowed to use smokeless tobacco. Veteran players will still be allowed to use tobacco.


UPDATE: November 30, 2016

With no deal in place as of yet, reports are suggesting that progress is being made with a few more hiccups to iron out.  Both sides have until midnight tonight to avoid a potential lockout.

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Original Post: November 23, 2016

While the Winter Meetings are usually the highlight of the offseason for baseball aficionados, a Major League lockout might actually be what fans will be talking about in the near future.

As of right now the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Baseball Players’ Association and the owners will expire as of December 1, 2016 and no new agreement has been established as of yet.

So, what is the major issue that neither side can agree on? Among one of the bigger subjects, an international player draft. Players don’t want an international draft because it will limit the options that international players have if they don’t get drafted. American players can always forego their draft selection and play baseball at the collegiate level if they choose.

Other ideas that are being discussed are compensational picks that are attached to free agency and a competitive-balance tax. This tax mainly affects only teams who pay more than $189 million in payroll.

As of right now talks are still in the works but, if something isn’t reached soon that a player lockout may be imminent.

Stay Tuned for more on this developing story.


Bethany Cohen
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