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CBA Notes: Arbitration, Waivers, Schedule, PED Testing, Minor League Salary

MLB and MLBPA finally reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, ending a contentious lockout that lasted more than three months. Key elements of the agreement, such as CBT levels and the bonus pool for players eligible for arbitration, was reported as negotiations unfolded, but some of the minor details are still leaking. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand revealed one such detail on Twitterwriting that “From 2022, players eligible for salary arbitration who settle with their teams a salary for the following season without attending a hearing will be eligible to receive a full end-of-season indemnity, even if they are released before the start of the season.”

This is a small change that could potentially have big ramifications. Under the previous CBA, arbitration contracts were not fully guaranteed until opening day, with players cut during spring training earning only part of the agreed salary. If a team released a player more than 15 days before opening day, they only had to pay the player 30 days’ wages as severance pay. If the player was released less than 15 days before the opening day, he would receive 45 days’ wages.

It’s an interesting compromise, on the one hand it could be seen as a gain for the players, since they now have access to greater security, knowing that the salary they accept will be locked in once they will have accepted it. also incentivizes them to agree to terms without a hearing, which perhaps leads them to agree to terms that are lower than what they would otherwise have won, which benefits teams. It is well established that teams place a high priority on the cut wages as much as possible. , it was revealed that MLB holds an annual symposium where the team that is most successful in opposing players in arbitration is awarded a wrestling-style championship belt, which surely didn’t help the animosity that has persisted between the players and the league since the signing of the last CBA. This wrinkle in the new CBA could help teams achieve those goals, but could at least give some non-bid borderline candidates the silver lining of greater financial security. curity.

Elsewhere in the ABC, The Athletic’s Jayson Stark provides an interesting nugget on Twitter“If a team has already claimed a player once on waivers that season, they cannot claim him again until all other teams have passed.”Jacob Nottingham Rule”, in reference to Nottingham being the centerpiece of a hot potato game between the Brewers and the Mariners last year. At the start of the season with the Brewers, the receiver was released in April, claimed by the Mariners, who put Seattle on May 20 to claim him again, before putting him back on the line in early June when he finally cleared.Priority of waiver requests generally goes in reverse order of current standings (For the first 31 days of the season, the previous season’s standings are used.) In Nottingham’s case, there would have been teams who never even had a chance to claim it for most of that streak last year as he would have been picked up before their turn. Going forward, they will have a better chance of breaking up such a unique back-and-forth as happened in Nottingham last year.

In an in-depth column on the ABC, Stark adds some details about the schedule changes that will begin in 2023. While it was previously reported that teams will play the league’s other 29 teams each year, with the number of division matches. being reduced, details were not known at the time. Stark outlines the format which will begin next year, with each team playing their division rivals 14 times per season, up from 19, for a total of 56. same league but not the same division will be played six times each, a total of 60. When it comes to interleague play, each team has a “rival” they will play four times, with three games against the other 14 teams in the opposing league. This equates to 46 interleague games in total. All these categories are equally divided between road and home, with the exception of the final. In the case of the 14 non-rival teams that are in the opposing league, the home team for the three-game series will alternate from year to year.

MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko has a few more details in his ABC preview. Regarding DEPs, he says, “there will be an increase in the number of in-season urine tests for performance-enhancing substances and drugs of abuse, as well as adjustments to the scheduling of these tests. to make them less predictable.” He goes on to add that “the program will now use dried blood spot tests rather than venous blood samples for hGH testing, making Major League Baseball the first professional sports drug testing program to adopt this new technology.” .

Finally, while the minimum wage increase for MLB players has been flagged throughout negotiations, there is also a bump for some underage players. service in the big leagues will increase from $93,000 in 2021 to $114,100 in 2022, $117,400 in 2023, $120,600 in 2024, $123,900 in 2025 and $127,100 in 2026.”

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