Spending frenzy accompanies countdown to MLB foreclosure threat


At this point, owners could implement a lockdown – a move that would end all off-season activity, including free agent and trade markets, and could potentially threaten the start of spring training and even the regular season. Owners could also choose to let the offseason activity continue while continuing to negotiate with the players’ union, at least for a brief period.

But the argument for a lockout, as soon as possible, is that it could create a sense of urgency to reach a deal before the games are compromised.

Owners and player representatives met outside of Dallas on Monday and Tuesday. At this point, little optimism has emanated from months of talks.

“I could see this was resolved earlier, but I think there is a certain desire to really change things (in the next CBA),” Bradbury said. “And so that’s where I think maybe there’s an appetite for both teams to miss some games. I wouldn’t be surprised if we miss some games next year.

From Friday to Monday, driven by the impending expiration of the ABC, a series of independent players struck deals with new teams on long and lucrative contracts, according to various reports.

The New York Mets, still chasing the Braves in the National League East, spent $ 254.5 million accepting a three-year, $ 130 million contract with pitcher Max Scherzer and multi-year contracts totaling 124, $ 5 million with outfielder Starling Marte and Mark Canha and infielder Eduardo Escobar. The Texas Rangers have committed $ 561 million for four players over a 24-hour period, including a $ 325 million 10-year contract with shortstop Corey Seager and a $ 175 million seven-year contract with infielder Marcus Semien.

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a five-year, $ 110 million contract with former Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman. The Seattle Mariners and pitcher Robbie Ray have agreed to a five-year, $ 115 million contract. The Detroit Tigers have struck a deal with shortstop Javier Baez for six-year, $ 140 million.

Spending insanity notwithstanding, the Players’ Association wants fundamental changes in the next collective agreement – for example, reducing the number of years of service required for free agent eligibility and arbitration, ruling over the “tank” by rebuilding the teams and the service. manipulation of time by many teams, and relaxation of the luxury tax on high payrolls.

“One thing players should want is to get rid of revenue sharing (between teams) because it reduces the incentive to win,” Bradbury said.

Also on the table: a designated universal hitter and extended playoffs.


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