The following changes will be made to the MLB CBA, which will be announced on Monday:
- According to The New York Times, blood tests for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) will begin in February. Last year, minor league testing began, and apparently was a success.
- According to Ken Rosenthal, all remaining relief pitchers labeled as “Type A” who sign with other teams will not earn draft pick compensation for their former organization. Currently, teams in the top 15 in baseball who sign a Type A free agent, would have to give up a first round pick plus a supplemental round pick, and teams in the bottom 15 give up a supplemental and second round picks.
- Ken Rosenthal also Tweeted that the Elias rankings and draft pick compensation will go away, with the exception of qualifying offers. Here’s how it will work: If a team offer a qualifying offer of $12 million or more per year, they will be compensated for that player if he is lost.
- According to Buster Olney, the rule that keeps teams from playing others in their division in the LDS will be disbanded.
- To view other changes to the CBA, read my other post about it recently.
I like the changes of course to the HGH testing. I;m all for testing players as often as possible to keep themselves from hurting their bodies in the future with steroids and HGH.
Also, the compensation system was just messed up. It totally relies on the rankings. For instance, in theory, the Mets would get a supplemental and 1st round pick for losing Reyes. However, if he signs with a team with a record in the bottom 15, the Mets get a second rounder and a supplemental pick. But if Jose Reyes signs with the Marlins, and they sign Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, or another Type A ranked higher than Reyes, , the Mets get Miami’s third round pick. So the Mets go from getting a supplemental and a first round pick, to getting a third rounder and a supplemental pick. That’s just unfair.We will wait and see how the qualifying offers work. Some Type A free agent’s price may be lower than $12 million annually, so teams will not be able to get any compensation at all because they are not comfortable making the offer. However, in the case of the Mets, Cardinals, or Brewers, it’s an easy way of getting compensation without running the risk of overpaying.