June 25, 2017

Washington Nationals add utility infielder Stephen Drew to mix

According to multiple reports, the Washington Nationals signed utility infielder Stephen Drew to a one-year, $3 million deal, with $1.25 million available in incentives. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com had it first.

Drew, a left-handed hitter, has experience at second, short and third and is a better fielder than recently signed second baseman Daniel Murphy.

With Murphy, Drew and Danny Espinosa all under contract, it seems there is no room on the roster for rookie Trea Turner to start the season on the roster, unless he beats out Espinosa at starting shortstop. [Read more…]

‘Damaging’ Media and MLB Free Agents: Is Scott Boras Right?

“I am angered that numerous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress the market values.”
Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLB Players’ Association

I’ve read a couple of interesting articles lately about player compensation in the MLB. A debate on the topic started this winter when draft-pick compensation rules were limiting free-agency spending, and the discussion has become much more aggressive this last week.

A slew of articles, particularly this one by Jon Heyman, caught my attention. They cover the feud between Scott Boras, the MLBPA, and big media and the MLB. An interesting twist, Heyman’s includes a direct response to Buster Olney’s controversial April 9th piece on the MLB market’s puzzling lack of employment for household-known, free-agent players.

This discussion is a complicated one. The battle they’re discussing maybe new, but the labor war in Major League baseball is not. It had just temporarily fallen off the front page, but it seems like it’s ready to return.

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