68 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
115– Number of days until Opening Day
My seat is hot because the hot stove has been on fire this week. This is unbelievable what is happening right now. Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, Curtis Granderson to the New York Mets, Scott Feldman to the Houston Astros, and rumors of other big names are flying all over the place. The money that teams are spending is staggering right now and this hectic pass is going to keep going as the Winter Meetings begin on Sunday afternoon. All I can say is television money is good. Really good!
MLB NEWS & NOTES
69 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
116– Number of days until Opening Day
Wednesday brought more free agent signings during what has been a crazy week before the Winter Meetings. However, the big news today is that Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball appear very close to a new deal for the posting system. What is going to happen is that instead of old system in which teams submitted blind bids and the highest bid got the exclusive rights to negotiate with the player, now there will be a maximum bid of $20 million. If multiple teams bid $20 million than all those teams will get the opportunity to negotiate with the player. Basically, this has now become free agency. Only the team that gets the player will have to pay the $20 million posting fee and the luxury tax will apply only to the salary, not the posting fee. Overall, this is a good thing for MLB. It will limit what goes to the Japanese teams and it increases the number of teams that can negotiate with the player. The question is why would the Japanese agree to this new deal. MLB has played hard ball and the Japanese teams and they would rather get the $20 million rather than nothing. Since players in Japan have to wait nine years to become a free agent, they may just revolt and leave the country. Masahiro Tanaka is now in play for several teams and not just the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
MLB NEWS & NOTES