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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Celebrating Twenty

With an unhappy players union

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles
One of the free agents who remains unsigned.
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20th Anniversary Season

The Rays will be celebrating the first 20 years of their team history this season with some throwback uniforms, a lot of cool swag, and a new menu.

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Speaking of that, why no free agency this year?

There’s been a lot of talk about this already, but a few good articles just came out.

  • Mary Craig and Jim Turvey dove into the history of labor in MLB and the flaws and inconsistencies of the current structure, with some speculation of what might come next. Short answer: if teams are going to stop giving rich long-term contracts to free agents, something else will have to change as well in the next CBA.
  • It’s behind a paywall, but Russell Carleton noted that while it may be true that teams are getting smarter about not awarding too-large contracts to free agents, the best players—including those on free agent contracts—are actually way underpaid. That’s interesting, and he goes into “The Guiness Effect” as a possible reason for why.
  • The MLBPA is not monolithic.
  • Travis Sawchik makes a team out of nothing but free agents.

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