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The New CBA, Same as the Old CBA

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“Expect plenty of moaning from all corners on new CBA, but most vital element was it had to get done, and did”.Joel Sherman

With 6 hours before the December 1st deadline at 12:00, Unless Hell  freezes over, most of the new 5 year MLB  Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place…

The changes weren’t drastic, so  despite some festering issues still on the table, neither side wanted to cook the Golden Goose  and serve it for Christmas dinner…

In the immortal words of Charles Oakley, “If it ain’t broke, don’t break it”

I was hoping for a 26th  man roster spot, but it got shot down

MLB talked long about getting an international draft. There won’t be one, but there will be set caps for each team. MLB wanted a 26th roster spot in exchange for more limited expanded rosters in September. Instead, the current rules apparently will stay in place, which would mean expansion to a 40-man roster come September, something the players did not want changed.

I’d like to  see this discussion continue, it would put more value on the relief pitchers, maybe one reason it got shot down..

Adding an extra arm to  the pitching staff allows a 6 man rotation, or a 5 man rotation with six starters…Like it or not, analytics will rule the  #5 starter in a rotation, be it innings allotment for a youngster ( Mitchell, Kaprelian, Green etc) or analytics showing after 2 times around a line up the pitcher morphs into  a useless Jack-O-Lantern ( Warren Severino)

Or you could carry an extra bench player, which allows an injured player to rest for a few days without the team playing shorthanded.. How many times have we seen the Yanks carry older / injured players for 2 or 3 days  until it’s determined if a 15 day or more  DL is required

The union and big-market teams such as the Yankees probably wanted the luxury-tax thresholds to grow substantially so that those mega-clubs would spend more aggressively and still have a way to avoid penalties. They did not rise substantially. The current threshold of $189 million will grow to $195 million next year and to just $210 million in Year 5 of the deal. There also will be a larger penalty for those that exceed the threshold by a substantial amount — think of it as a Dodger penalty.

In the final year of the deal, a team above $255 million and a repeat offender will have the portion above that amount taxed at 60 percent

So where does Hal stand in his desperate attempt to   escape paying the present 50% Luxury Tax penalty on every dollar over $189M

At the moment the Yanks have $136,149,999M committed to 9 players..Sabathia, Tanaka, Ellsbury, Gardner, Headley, Castro  and Clippard are useable 40 man roster parts McCann $5.5M and ARod $21M were paid to leave, but their $26.5M still  remain…

For Tax purposes,  ARod’s AAV $27.5M and McCann’s $5.5M = $33M s added to  the payroll when computing the Lux Tax

The remaining 40 man roster has 7 Arbitration cases

Betances, Pineda, Gregorius, Warren, Hicks, Layne, and Romine..

Projected salary

Yankees (7)

Michael Pineda (5.099) – $7.8MM
Adam Warren (4.036) – $2.3MM
Didi Gregorius (3.159) – $5.1MM
Dellin Betances (3.078) – $3.4MM
Austin Romine (3.045) – $900K
Aaron Hicks (3.041) – $1.4MM
Tommy Layne (2.144) – $1.2MM

So  we can  add another $22.1M to our $136,149,999 and we have approximately $158.3M for 14 players.. That  leaves $37M for 26 more roster spots if Hal  wants to  stay under the  2017 $195M

Mikey Two Chins has the CBA Scorecard

  • Free Agent Compensation: Teams over the luxury tax threshold will give up their second and fifth round picks as well as $1M in international bonus money to sign a qualified free agent. Teams below the threshold only have to surrender their third rounder. These rules take effect next offseason. [Ken RosenthalJon MorosiJon HeymanJayson Stark]
  • Qualifying Offer: Players will now only be able to receive the qualifying offer once. Also, the player’s former team only gets a draft pick if he signs a contract worth more than $50M. The exact pick they receive will depend on their market size. [Rosenthal]
  • Luxury Tax: The luxury tax threshold will be set at $195M for 2017, so an increase of $6M from 2016. The threshold will then rise to $197M, $206M, $208M, and $210M in subsequent years. The tax rate is 20% for first time offenders, 30% for second time offenders, and 50% for third time offenders. Teams with a payroll in the $250M range will be taxed at upwards of 70%. [Joel ShermanAssociated PressStarkRosenthal]
  • Revenue Sharing: The “Performance Factor” of the revenue sharing system is gone, which will save the Yankees and other revenue sharing paying clubs a ton of money. Wendy Thurmexplained the gory math a few years ago. [Jeff Passan]
  • No International Draft: There will be no international draft. Instead, teams will have a hard cap of $5M to $6M for international players each signing period. The signing age will remain 16. It won’t be pushed back to 18. [HeymanBen Badler]
  • Roster Size: Turns out there will not be a 26th roster spot or any other roster changes after all. There will still be 25-man rosters and full September call-ups. Hooray for that. [Sherman]
  • Miscellany: Starting in 2018, the season will begin midweek to accommodate more off-days during the summer [Rosenthal] … Smokeless tobacco is banned for new players. Current players are grandfathered in and can still use it [Sherman].

We’ll be back  after dis


Written by Sal

December 1, 2016 at 7:14 am

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  1. High-performing clubs contribute an additional percentage of Net Local Revenue to the supplemental plan. The percentage is determined by the club’s Performance Factor.

    If I’m understanding the high performance big markets can save some dough with this not longer in existence


    December 1, 2016 at 7:46 am

  2. Jeff Passan ‏@JeffPassan 4h4 hours ago
    Praise the lord. AP is reporting the All-Star Game results won’t determine World Series home field. Goes to pennant winner with best record.


    December 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

  3. Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 9h9 hours ago
    Also: The #Athletics will be phased out as a revenue-sharing recipient over the next four years.


    December 1, 2016 at 7:51 am

  4. Ken Rosenthal ‏
    Club that signs QO free agent, if it does not exceed luxury-tax threshold, will lose 3rd-rounder.

    Ken Rosenthal
    Club that signs QO free agent, if it exceeds luxury-tax threshold, will lose 2nd-rounder, 5th-rounder and $1M in int’l bonus money.

    Ken Rosenthal
    Team that loses QO free agent will get pick only if player signs contract of $50M+. Pick it gets will depend upon that team’s market size.

    Ken Rosenthal
    Some additional details on new CBA coming, starting with this: A player no longer can receive a qualifying offer more than once.

    Ken Rosenthal
    Source on draft-pick comp: “Still being discussed. Trying to shuffle around loss of first pick with player getting deal of $50M or more.”

    Ken Rosenthal
    Consider the #Royals. Might be more inclined to trade some of their 2017 free agents, knowing they cannot get first rounder for making QO.


    December 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

  5. Follow

    Jon Morosi
    . @MLB schedule will span 187 days beginning in 2018, up from current 183. @MLBNetwork


    December 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

  6. Buster Olneyt

    Tougher luxury tax rules for LAD, NYY underscore great decisions/foresight by Friedman, Cashman to re-stock their respective farm systems.

    Yes in the Bombers case saving some money is inviting, but they needed to rebuild with youth regardless
    especially after that 2013 debacle where not one position player was close to playing for the varsity


    December 1, 2016 at 8:06 am

  7. Sally-boi
    I tip my cap & stand in awe of the research you do.
    I need subtitles for most of it but still enjoy the classes.
    Glad to hear the Bone-man is home safe and healthy 👍


    December 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    • No big deal Donny if you know where to hunt, bagging the Intel is just elbow grease and a shallow mind lol

      As for our bone hero I don’t think he’s back yet
      Supposed to leave today

      They are 6 hours ahead of us

      And it’s every bit a 15 to 20 HR run with two flights and carry over plus customs

      When I tried to get him bumped to 1st class they were booked to Thursday so that’s when the meds were supposed to dissolve the clot by his heart
      It might have been times perfectly we hope


      December 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

  8. closer math on what the Yanks have on the books

    With $136 million already on the books for next season, an estimated $40 million payout in arbitration, salaries for non-arbitration players and insurance premiums, the Yankees will likely exceed the new luxury tax with even one major free-agent signing or trade for a high-profile player. Reports had the threshold increasing from $189 million to around $195 million for the 2017 season.


    December 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

  9. Another stellar job Sal in separating the wheat from the chaff.
    I’m dissapointed the the luxury tax didn’t go up substantially more. And the rules regarding the September rosters continue to be a joke.
    In reference to the raise in days of the season, they could alleviate this problem easily, I think.
    Why not play a series of day/night separate admission double headers? This would allow teams to have extra days to play with regarding rainouts, and to insure that the post season doesn’t go into November. Not to mention the weather they might have to deal with.
    I don’t get why they don’t implement a plan like he this.


    December 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • Yo Big A, terrific rundown… They don’t put that plan into motion because it makes too much sense..

      Let’s hope they drop back to 154.. it was 154 longer then it’s been 162, and “let’s be honest” these cats are so tired they snail mail 10 games a season in anyway..

      My Vote is, less games, more rest, better product… #MakeItHappen


      December 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

  10. Glad to hear the All – Star Game winner won’t get home team advantage anymore.
    One small step for man lol
    Team standings and record actually matters.


    December 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    • Yes that was a dumb rule they had to ride out under the old CBA, a 3 yr Bud Selig love fest by all his underlings.. Glad it ran it’s course to Donny….

      I like the team standing thing.. The AL East only has 1 soft team Tampa so it’s imperative AL East teams take advantage of some Central and Western squads, to counter balance the damage they do to each other in season

      The A’s and Angels in the West were soft targets as were the White Sox and Twins in the Central,

      even the Royals and Astros were sub par but above .500


      December 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

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