Baseball’s longest winter ended, finally, with Jake Arrieta in Philadelphia and Mike Moustakas back in Kansas City and Carlos Gonzalez returning to Colorado, all for millions of dollars less than we figured four months ago. We’re one Alex Cobb signing away from having all of the significant pegs being placed in the appropriate holes. For those of you who prefer baseball to the business of such, opening dfy is two weeks from Thursday. Play ball, finally. Enjoy.
But even as we begin to focus on what will be the themes of the season — on Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hitting back-to-back in the Bronx, on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado trying to produce one more time for the teams that drafted them — there’s no way to deny that what happened this winter (or, rather, what didn’t happen) is more important to the sport going forward.
People inside baseball, including those who work for clubs and some who represent players, believe the next three or four years are a monumental time for the sport, perhaps more important than when it took steps to reduce the impact of performance-enhancing drugs a dozen years ago. A significant number believe the chances of a strike at the conclusion of this collective bargaining agreement, which runs through the 2021 season, are very good. Some think it’s inevitable.
That might seem a long way off. But watch the calendar fly.
When the current deal was struck in December 2016, the players were not inclined to refuse to go to work. Now, they have lived through this winter, and now they have a different perspective.
Review some of what happened. It’s all within the framework of the current CBA, but the players are, in some cases, stunned by how the machinations of the agreement worked in practice, at least …read more
Source:: The Denver Post