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MLBPA Reportedly Watching Additional Teams Over Payroll
Published January 19, 2010
|Rays Identified As One Of Four Teams In Union's
Sights Following Marlins' Payroll Agreement
CAUSE AND EFFECT? In Miami, Clark Spencer reports the Marlins yesterday signed 2B Dan Uggla to a one-year, $7.8M contract, the "third-largest deal in Marlins history for a single season." Uggla's deal could make him the "richest player on the team next season" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/19). The deal "does not preclude the Marlins, who have been shopping Uggla, to trade him before Opening Day" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/19). Meanwhile, ESPN's Buster Olney said of the Marlins last week signing P Josh Johnson to a four-year, $39M extension, "A lot of people are going to say, 'Wow, this deal was finished right after the Marlins got their wrist slapped by [MLB] and by the players' union.' I think it's a total coincidence -- the timing of this deal -- because these negotiations were way down the line. ... On top of that, the Marlins already have been increasing payroll" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 1/15).
WHAT TOOK SO LONG? In N.Y., Bill Madden wrote, "What took the union so long to press the issue of teams pocketing their revenue-sharing booty instead of spending it on players -- which is what the system was supposed to be all about?" It took Red Sox Owner John Henry, a "longtime Selig loyalist, to blow the whistle on baseball's revenue-sharing welfare cheats" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/17). Meanwhile, in Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote MLB player agent Scott Boras' November comments regarding revenue sharing "had a major effect on last week's union demand for the Marlins to spend more money on payroll." Boras at the MLB GM meetings in November said that some teams "weren't using their revenue-sharing and central-fund sourcing money to improve their rosters." The Marlins were "one of the teams targeted and, lo and behold, the union was able to get assurances from them and [MLB] that they would start using their free money for payroll." Cafardo noted the Pirates "for some reason ... continue to fly under the radar in this regard," as they "were not part of this conversation between the union and MLB" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/17).