By Michael Silverman | [email protected] | Boston HeraldJune 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm NEW YORK — During and in between a series of yoga poses he was going through before heading out to a press conference for his MLB-draft-dodging client Carter Stewart – the 19-year-old who was the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft but instead of signing with the Braves will instead ink a six-year-deal with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan that will allow him to become an MLB free agent at the tender age of 25 – baseball agent Scott Boras took the opportunity to express thoughts he has on the eve of Monday’s amateur draft. To be clear, Boras does not have a “namaste” to utter when it comes to assessing the current MLB draft structure. Too many restrictions on draft values have “created a competitive cancer in Major League Baseball,” says Boras. Teams are incentivized to lose rather than win is one major problem: Teams tank, … [Read more...] about Scott Boras wants to revamp flawed MLB draft
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By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle Published 8:12 am CST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 PHOTOS: Best MLB free agents this offseason Houston Astros right handed pitcher Brady Rodgers (52) pitches to minor leaguer Stephen Wrenn (61) during live batting practice at Fitteam Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on Day 4 of spring training on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in West Palm Beach. >>>Browse through the gallery for a look at the best available Major League Baseball free agents during the 2018-19 offseason ... less PHOTOS: Best MLB free agents this offseason Houston Astros right handed pitcher Brady Rodgers (52) pitches to minor leaguer Stephen Wrenn (61) during live batting practice at Fitteam Ballpark of The Palm ... more Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle Photo: … [Read more...] about Astros make first cuts of spring
Associated Press Published 10:07 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 Miami — In October, J.T. Realmuto’s agent predicted the Miami Marlins’ All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training. He was right. After months of speculation over what they’d do, the Marlins traded Realmuto on Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and $250,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. Along with Alfaro, the Phillies gave up 20-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, and left-hander Will Stewart. “This is about us acquiring the best catcher in baseball,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said, “and we’re really excited about that.” Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player. His agent, Jeff Berry, predicted a trade after Realmuto informed the Marlins last fall he wouldn’t sign a long-term contract with them. … [Read more...] about Thursday’s baseball: Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for three players
Even before colleague Phil Miller distilled some of the noise about the Twins’ 2019 payroll into a thoughtful, balanced and nuanced story this weekend, I kept having thoughts about the economics of baseball and the Twins. And now, with Miller’s story as a backdrop, let’s take a little closer look at some of the issues at hand: A BASEBALL PROBLEM, NOT A TWINS PROBLEM With no salary cap in Major League Baseball — and more importantly no salary floor, or minimum a team must spend — there is a wide variance in spending whereby teams can spend as much or as little as they want. It might hurt attendance, but they will be cushioned by other increasing revenue streams from massive national TV contracts, MLB Advanced Media and other sources. Even the lowest-revenue team, the Oakland A’s, took in $210 million in revenue according to Forbes and operated at a profit. In the NBA, by contrast, there is a salary cap AND a minimum of basketball related-revenue that … [Read more...] about Should you be mad at the Twins for their decreased payroll?
By Matt Young Published 5:39 pm CST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 PHOTOS: The best MLB free agents still available Lefthander Dallas Keuchel has a lifetime record of 76-63 and an ERA of 3.66. He's still looking for a team to sign him this offseason. Browse through the photos above for a look at the best free agents still on the market as well as where some of the other top free agents have signed ... less PHOTOS: The best MLB free agents still available Lefthander Dallas Keuchel has a lifetime record of 76-63 and an ERA of 3.66. He's still looking for a team to sign him this offseason. Browse through the photos ... more Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 82 Caption Close Image 1 of 82 … [Read more...] about Baseball’s best free agents still looking for teams