RealClearSports
Advertisement

New Rules Wreaking Havoc on Free Agency

AP Photo

If it seems you heard more than ever about Draft-pick compensation for free agents this winter, well, it might be because you did. New rules governing Major League Baseball free agency and the First-Year Player Draft resulted in a new set of dynamics as clubs weighed the costs of signing players.

 

Kyle Lohse, one of the top free agents on the market this winter, remains unsigned with Spring Training under way. Michael Bourn, one of the top hitters, agreed to a deal on Monday. It's not all that unusual for some big-name players to be unsigned after the new year begins, but mid-February is another matter. And it's worth noting that both Bourn and Lohse, as well as Rafael Soriano, who also waited quite a while to sign, have had Draft-pick compensation attached to them...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Spring Training Is Really a Health Check

Matthew Leach, mlb.com - February 11, 2013

A shrewd baseball man once observed that having a good record in Spring Training means exactly one thing: You're going to have a good Triple-A team. The lesson, of course, is that people who care about baseball put far too much... more »

Baseball Is Back - Warts and All

Larry Stone, Seattle Times - February 11, 2013

All the time-honored signs of an impending baseball season are upon us — the hint of warmth in the air, Valentine's Day around the corner, a freshly blooming steroids scandal. Yes, spring training is nearly here, and you have... more »

These Guys Don't Stink, But Their Contracts Do

Jonah Keri, Grantland - February 11, 2013

Mike Trout. Andrew McCutchen. Ryan Braun. We've broken down the 50 most valuable trade assets in baseball, a list stuffed with MVP candidates and colossal bargains.   Unfortunately, many teams aren't lucky enough to have... more »

Red Sox Henry Admits Team Lost Its Way

Scott Lauber, Boston Herald - February 12, 2013

FORT MYERS — There was a time when Red Sox fans hailed John Henry for riding into town, investing big bucks to deliver two World Series championships in a four-year span, and restoring glory to a franchise that... more »

MLB Should Get on With It and Legalize PEDs

Ron Shandler, USA Today - February 9, 2013

With the latest revelations out of south Florida regarding the supplying of performance-enhancing drugs to ballplayers, the media has once again been re-energized to talk about the problem. And speculate about possible... more »