*i’m a day late on this post due to being locked out of BMF on my iphone last nite*
Somehow the tabloid NYPost seems to have broken the story that MLB has added a whole new level of free agents.
Joel Sherman sez there is a new clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows players with 6 years of MLB service who signed minor league contracts this off-season must have a spot on the 25-man roster five days before the start of the regular season. If not they will be paid an extra 100K to be sent to the minors… and even then cam seemingly opt out of that contract on June 1.
I can’t imagine many clubs kicking a player at that low level an xtra 100G’s so you gotta figure there will be a late crop of servicable players avail days before opening day.
I’m not sure what to make of this. I guess its good for the small market payroll teams (like the Mets) because of last minute bargins to roll the dice with.
But does this screw the players? Is this a raw deal for the guys who will now suddenly find themselves cut and without a job just days before the season? Or is the additional freedom is prefferable to them.
Over all it smells like an owner created trick to flood the market with a bargain bin of players so teams can save money on payroll while these poor bastard fringe players will pay the price.
Of course they could always take their spring earnings straight to Sportsbook reviews.
At least maybe the Mets can take advantage.