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SBD/December 5, 2011/Franchises
MLB Franchise Notes: Tom Ricketts Comes Out In Support Of Crane Kenney
Published December 5, 2011
BUILDING THE FARM: In Dallas, Evan Grant notes heading into this week's winter meetings, Rangers front office execs will "try to get a better handle on how deeply new rules in the collective bargaining agreement with players will impact their international and amateur scouting program." After using a "haul of draft picks in 2007 to accelerate a rebuilding process that continually has slid them lower and lower in the draft pecking order, the Rangers have turned increasingly to international scouting to supplement their talent pool." Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he thinks the new rules "might impact a team’s ability to accelerate the building process" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/5).
TAX EVASION: In N.Y., Joel Sherman noted the Yankees have said that they "are driven to have a payroll of $189 million or less in 2014 when that becomes the luxury tax threshold" because the "incentives that come via the new CBA are just too great for them to ignore." Under the new agreement, if the Yankees "are at $189 million or less for the three seasons from 2014-16, they not only avoid paying one cent in luxury tax, which would rise to 50 percent for them as repeat offenders, but they also would get roughly $40 million in savings via the to-be-implemented market disqualification revenue sharing program." Even if they "just went under $189 million for 2014 before going over again in 2015," they would get "about $10 million in the revenue sharing disqualification program" (N.Y. POST, 12/4).