The MLB eludes any disruption to their off-season as the MLBPA and Owners come to an agreement, 3 hours before the deadline. The new deal includes some details that are beneficial to both the players and the owners. For the sake of this article, though, let's digest and discover to see who won on some of the details that stand out.
Winner of All-Star Game won't determine home field advantage in World Series.
From a fan's point of view, this is probably the most interesting and it affects the fans directly. In the new collective bargaining agreement, the All-Star Game won't have much importance. The MLB was the only professional league with an All-Star game that held some importance. Players that were on teams with World Series aspirations didn't treat it like an exhibition game. With the new agreement in place, the Pennant champs with the best record will win home field for the World Series.
Winners: MLB Teams
Teams will now get the opportunity to fight for Game 1 of the World Series to be played inside of their stadium, on the field. The Cubs were victims of the old rule after having the best record in baseball (103 wins) but because the American League won the All-Star Game back in July, the Indians were blessed with home field advantage. While the old model has never been in the way of the best team maintaining home field - only three teams have been affected since it was created in 2002 - it was time for a change.
Losers: The Fans
This is the only part of the new agreement that primarily affects the fans. With less importance on the All-Star Game, fans might see a dip in quality of play since players won't feel as obligated to play hard anymore. The new rule could create for a better regular season, especially in the months of August and September, which is a win for the fans.
Minimum time for a stint on the disabled list reduced from 15 days to 10 days
For Mangers and players, this rule can either hurt or help their season. Some managers like Buck Showalter believe that some players like to take advantage of the 15-day disable list, using minor injuries to get a few extra days of rest.
Winner: Owners and Managers
For the owners, it will assure them that their investments will be on the field. For managers, they will have the advantage to force players to play
instead of taking a few extra days off. It will be interesting to see which Managers get creative with the new rule and like Buck said, who will try to take advantage of it.
The players are losing some paid time-off when you really think about it, but seriously, those five extra days could have helped a player heal properly. Whether players were abusing the rule, we will never find out.
Changes in luxury tax thresholds
Since the MLB doesn't have a salary cap, the league had to implement a system that would regulate the rich teams spending big amounts for their rosters. The Luxury tax is a tax for teams that have team salary larger than a designated amount by the league. The previous amount of $189 million will increase to $197 million in 2017 and will eventually reach $210 million by the end of the new deal. Here is a list of the penalties:
Going past the threshold for the first time comes with a 20% tax, which increases to 30% for a second year and 50% for a third. There’s an additional 12% added on top when teams exceed the mark by between $20MM to $40MM, while going past $40MM triggers the maximum penalty — which can reach a 90% tax on overages. (That information comes via Bob Nightengale of USA Today, via Twitter; Sherman and Stark previously sketched the parameters.) Teams that go $40MM over the luxury tax line will see their top draft pick fall by ten spots, the AP adds.
Winners: Small Market teams
With stronger penalties in place, small market teams such as Kansas City will have a better chance at keeping their star players at home.
Losers: Big Market Teams
The Yankees and Dodgers will suffer from the new tax threshold. The Dodgers, who have a $300 million dollar roster will have to either make some changes or pay a heavy tax.
One of the more intricate details of the new CBA deal is how both teams and players will be affected by qualifying offers.
If a team sign a player that declined his previous team's offer, they will lose a pick in the amateur draft, which was usually in the 1st round in the previous deal. Revenue sharing teams will lose their third-highest pick in the draft, teams paying luxury tax will lose second- and fifth-highest picks plus $1 million from its international pool. Every other team will lose their second highest pick and $500,000 from their international pool.
Players now have 10-days instead of seven to accept or decline their teams qualifying offer and can only receive a qualifying offer once in their career. Teams that lose a free agent will gain an extra pick in the amateur pick if that player contract is more than $50 million.
A lot, I know.
With all that being said, no one loss in this. Players are granted more flexibility and teams are not left without something if they lose a high-profile player. Everybody is a winner from this.
Here are a few other changes in place:
-Oakland A's will be phased out of revenue sharing. A's are the only losers in this one. While the A's play in a large market, the Bay Area, they do not have the same amenities of a large market team. For true small-market teams, they will get an extra piece of the pie.
-The season has been extended to give players extra days off during the season. The players and managers are the winners but those who are not fans of the long drawn out MLB season will suffer a big L.
-Minimum salary rises from $505k to $555k between now and 2019.
-All new players enter the MLB will not be allowed to use non-smokable tobacco during games. A win for all parties