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MLBPA will announce new CBA next week

Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 8:27 pm
By Matt Snyder

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Talk about showing the NBA (and the NFL, for that matter) how it's done. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, as Danny Knobler of has confirmed a deal will be announced early next week.

Ken Rosenthal of is reporting the deal is for five years. If that's true, it will be November of 2016 when we next have this conversation. Hopefully it will be less than a month after the end of the World Series again that time around.

Details of the deal aren't all fully available just yet, but we already know about the Astros move to the American League and the strong likelihood that there will be a one-game playoff between two wild-card teams for the right to face the No. 1 seed in the LDS round. Otherwise, expect mild tweaks -- such as draft slotting or different draft compensation for losing free agents -- that won't really be noticed much by the casual fan. No, there's no talk of a salary cap or changing the designated hitter rule, two subjects that seem to be hot topics among fans but not among either MLB or the MLBPA.

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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:49 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Looks like all the anti-Yankee fans will have to wait at least another 5 years before baseball even considers adopting a salary cap.  I have to admit even as a Yankee fan that the economic system in baseball is flawed.  The problem is nobody seems to care or want to make any sort of changes like adding a salary cap and floor.  Is it because the owners are afraid the players association will start another strike??? I guess I can't blame them since billions of dollars would be lost and I could see the MLB PA willing to strike for multiple seasons if baseball tried to adopt a cap.  The situation is what it is, there's nothing any of us can do about it right now.  Maybe that will change eventually....who knows.   

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:46 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

I think you are wrong and the parity is horrible. If you are in the bottom 11 teams in payroll you have a roughly 11 percent chance of making the playoffs. Yes there are teams that run their teams horribly in the larger markets but statistics show that large market teams have a massive edge in playoff appearances as well as actual world series won.
Yes Tampa and the Twins have made the playoffs but they have never had success.

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:33 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

The best method is to compare large and small market teams in a division.  How many AL Central titles have the White Sox and Tigers won compared to the Royals and Indians.  How about the titles of the Yanks and Red Sox vs the Rays, Jays, and Os.  Compare Oakland and Seattle to Texas and LA.  The system is broken and its a shame it didn't get fixed at all.  The slotting should help small market teams a little bit, but not enough.

Well, the Tigers actually won their first AL Central title EVER this year and the White Sox won it three times in the 2000's (2000, 2005, and 2008).  The Indians dominated the AL Central during the 90's and the Twins had a good run in the 2000's (winning 6 AL Central titles, though I would say during their last one the team was no longer "small market").  Plus Cleveland was one game away from the World Series in 2007.

Oakland and Seattle were good during the early 2000's (and Oakland has won a fair share of AL West titles in the past decade) but lately Seattle has misspent money in awful ways to the detriment of the team (Richie Sexson? Chone Figgins? Wow).  The Texas Rangers have always been close but no cigar when it came to winning the AL West until recently.  

I think that in spite of baseball's awful team salary structure (the Yankees and Red Sox have free reign to buy any player they want) the parity has actually been pretty good.  Teams like Oakland, Minnesota, and lately Tampa Bay have shown that with wise use of resources and some good luck even teams at a spending disadvantage can win.


Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:22 pm

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Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:13 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Once again baseball lets down its small market teams and deals with none of the competitive imbalances in the league.

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:11 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Good job gentlemen.  Great World Series, great family atmosphere at the ballparks, great season in general.  Hopefully the idiots in the NBA were watching.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:10 pm

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Socalduck911, As recently as 2010, a Division winner had LESS wins than the Wildcard team. The 2010 Yankees, the wild card team, had more wins then the Twins and the Rangers. So if they keep the divisions once the Astros move, it WILL be possible for one or both wild card teams to have more wins than a division winner. But as awhile, I do agree with you. It make it harder for the wild card teams, which is the right way. Now if we can only make the All-Star game be TRULY an exhibition and NOT determine home field for the WS, it will be even better!

Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:09 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

The big difference with the NBA is that baseball owners were smart enough not to try and change their basic agreement.  No salery cuts, no caps, no nonsense, no work stopage.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:05 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

Take note, you greedy NBA prlcks.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:57 pm

Report: Collective bargaining agreement reached

NCAABB is more exciting than the NBA anyway

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