- Former Ray and Tampa Bay native Matt Joyce signs 2-year $11MM deal with the Athletics, because it’s what former Rays do. Outside of a disastrous 2015 after being traded to the Angels for Kevin Jepsen, Joyce has been a really good bat against RHP.
Matt Joyce: the 27th-best hitter in baseball against righties since 2010 (minimum 2000 PA). 27% better than league average. https://t.co/RPeHbsVYCi— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) November 30, 2016
- Well before the midnight deadline the MLBPA and MLB owners agreed to a new CBA.
- Luxury Tax raises, but not as much as expected. Higher penalties for severely going over the threshold, cough...Dodgers.
Luxury tax thresholds in the new labor deal: $195 million in 2017, then $197M, $206M, $208M and $210M— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 1, 2016
Hear new CBA will have 60-70 pct penalty for those extremely over threshold, about $250M payrolls or greater. Currently highest is 50 pct— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 1, 2016
- Free agent compensation is dramatically changed. No loss of 1st round picks and the pick lost depends on your Luxury Tax standing. Teams who lose a free agent must offer the same Qualifying Offer, but the player must then receive a $50MM or larger contract for the team to receive compensation. The team who loses the free agent gets a pick much later in the draft than after the first round.
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 (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016
Other QO rules remain same: Player must be on team entire season to be eligible. Amount will be determined by average of top 125 salaries.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016
Club that signs QO free agent, if it does not exceed luxury-tax threshold, will lose 3rd-rounder.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016
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 (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016
- There will be no International Draft, but there will be a hard cap in the $5-6MM range per season. Very similar to the system Ben Badler suggested at Baseball America, but with a more Rays friendly cap roughly half of the $12MM he suggested.
No international draft, but int'l signings are said to be capped to 5-6M per team per year.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 1, 2016
- Cubans will need to be 25 years old and have 6 years of service time in Cuba’s highest league to not be subject to the IFA spending cap. Up from 23 years old and five years of service. No word on what is required for Japanese and Korean players, but could delay Shohei Otani’s appearance in MLB.
Correcting earlier note: Cubans exempt from international pool if they are 25 years old with 6+ years of experience.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 1, 2016
- League minimum salary increases from $507,500 to $535,000 in 2017 with $10,000 increases in 2018 and 2019.
- Starting in 2018 the MLB season will start four days earlier to give the players more off days.
Season will start now midweek to create 4-5 more off-days during season, go from 162 games in 183 days to about 188— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 1, 2016
- The All-Star Games outcome will no longer determine home field advantage for the World Series. The minimum length of stay on the Disabled List is also lowered to 10 from 15.
APNewsBreak: Baseball's All-Star Game no longer to determine World Series home-field advantage. https://t.co/WHNiErncmu— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 1, 2016
- Now that the CBA has been agreed upon the off-season can really get started as we head into the Winter Meetings next week.