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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:38

UPDATE#2: As part of the new Lottery within the Draft, some picks can now be traded

The picks for the new Competitive Balance Lottery – which represents a small number of picks – are assignable (tradable).   The Competitive Balance Lottery will be active for 2013.  There will only be certain times of the year when those picks can be traded.

For the Competitive Balance Lottery, it’s six picks after the first round and six picks after the second round.

UPDATE: Here are more details around how the Signing Bonus Pool works within the Draft:

  • The range of the Signing Bonus Pool is from $4.5 million-$11.5 million.
  • The more picks a club has, the larger the pool becomes that the club will have to work with.
  • The size of the pools will standardize more from club to club after next year’s class of free agents.
  • The size of the pools will be dependent on the number of picks a club has in a given year and where those picks fall within each round. A club with the first pick of the Draft will have the largest pool.

Source: MLB


Here are the details of the new 5-year labor deal just announced by MLB and the MLBPA:

I.. TERM

a. Five-year contract

b. December 1, 2016 termination date

II.. SCHEDULING,, REALIGNMENT,, AND POSTSEASON PLAY

a. Beginning no later than the 2013 Postseason, Postseason play will be expanded for the first

time since 1995. A second Wild Card will be awarded to the Club in each league with the

second-best overall record among Clubs that do not win a division. The two Wild Card Clubs

will play a single Postseason game, the winner of which will advance to the Division Series. A

decision on adding two Wild Cards for 2012 will be made no later than March 1, 2012.

b. The Houston Astros will move to the American League West starting in 2013, creating two

leagues of 15 Clubs each.

c. Starting in 2013, Interleague games will be played throughout the entire schedule, rather than

exclusively in specific inter-league segments.

d. Active Roster limits will be expanded to 26 for certain regular or split doubleheaders.

III.. RESERVE SYSTEM INCLUDING AMATEUR PLAYERS

a. Free Agency

1. All eligible Players will become free agents as of the end of the World Series, with no

election required, and the “quiet period” will be five days.

2. The tender date will be December 2 beginning in 2012.

3. Article XX(B) free agents signing minor league contracts who are not added to the

Opening Day roster or unconditionally released 5 days prior to Opening Day shall receive

an additional $100,000 retention bonus and the right to opt out on June 1.

b. Draft Pick Compensation

1. Starting in 2012, “Type A” and “Type B” free agents and the use of the Elias ranking

system will be eliminated.

2. The current system of draft pick compensation will be replaced with the following

system:

A. Only Players who have been with their Clubs for the entire season will be subject

to compensation.

B. A free agent will be subject to compensation if his former Club offers him a

guaranteed one-year contract with a salary equal to the average salary of the

125-highest paid Players from the prior season. The offer must be made at the

end of the five-day free agent “quiet period,” and the Player will have seven days

to accept the offer.

C. A Club that signs a player subject to compensation will forfeit its first round

selection, unless it selects in the top 10, in which case it will forfeit its secondhighest

selection in the draft.

D. The Player’s former Club will receive a selection at the end of the first round

beginning after the last regularly scheduled selection in the round. The former

Clubs will select based on reverse order of winning percentage from the prior championship season.

c. Salary Arbitration Eligibility

1. The percentage of players with two years of service who will be arbitration eligible will

be increased from the top 17% to the top 22% in terms of service.

2. All players tied at the 22% cutoff will be eligible for arbitration.

d. Minimum Salaries

1. Major League will increase from $414,000 in 2011 to: $480,000 in 2012; $490,000 in

2013; and $500,000 in 2014; COLA in 2015 and 2016.

2. Minor League will increase from $67,300 in 2011 to: $78,250 in 2012; $79,900 in 2013;

and $81,500 in 2014; COLA in 2015 and 2016.

e. Rule 4 Draft

1. The draft will continue to be conducted in June, but the signing deadline will be moved

to a date between July 12 and July 18 depending on the date of the All-Star Game.

2. Drafted players may only sign Minor League contracts.

3. Signing Bonus Pools

A. Each Club will be assigned an aggregate Signing Bonus Pool prior to each draft.

For the purpose of calculating the Signing Bonus Pools, each pick in the first 10

rounds of the draft has been assigned a value. (These values will grow each year

with the rate of growth of industry revenue.) A Club’s Signing Bonus Pool equals

the sum of the values of that Club’s selections in the first 10 rounds of the draft.

Players selected after the 10th round do not count against a Club’s Signing

Bonus Pool if they receive bonuses up to $100,000. Any amounts paid in excess

of $100,000 will count against the Pool.

B. Clubs that exceed their Signing Bonus Pools will be subject to penalties as

follows:

Excess of Pool Penalty (Tax on Overage/Draft Picks)

  • 0-5% 75% tax on overage
  • 5-10% 75% tax on overage and loss of 1st round pick
  • 10-15% 100% tax on overage and loss of 1st and 2nd round picks
  • 15%+ 100% tax on overage and loss of 1st round picks in next two drafts

4. Proceeds generated by the tax will be distributed to payee Clubs under the Revenue Sharing

Plan that do not exceed their Signing Bonus Pools. Draft picks that are forfeited by Clubs will

be awarded to other Clubs through a lottery in which a Club’s odds of winning will be based

on its prior season’s winning percentage and its prior season’s revenue. Only Clubs that do

not exceed their Signing Bonus Pools are eligible for the lottery.

5. Competitive Balance Lottery

A. For the first time, Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets will

have an opportunity to obtain additional draft picks through a lottery.

B. The ten Clubs with the lowest revenues, and the ten Clubs in the smallest

markets, will be entered into a lottery for the six draft selections immediately

following the completion of the first round of the draft. A Club’s odds of winning

the lottery will be based on its prior season’s winning percentage.

C. The eligible Clubs that did not receive one of the six selections after the first

round, and all other payee Clubs under the Revenue Sharing Plan, will be

entered into a second lottery for the six picks immediately following the

completion of the second round of the draft. A Club’s odds of winning the

lottery will be based on its prior season’s winning percentage.

D. Picks awarded in the Competitive Balance Lottery may be assigned by a Club,

subject to certain restrictions.

E. Top 200 prospects will be subject to a pre-draft drug test and will participate in a

pre-draft medical program.

f. International Talent Acquisition

1. By December 15, 2011, the parties will form an International Talent Committee to

discuss the development and acquisition of international players, including the potential

inclusion of international amateur players in a draft or in multiple drafts.

2. For the 2012-13 signing season, each Club will be allocated an equal Signing Bonus

Pool.

3. For each signing period after 2012-13, Clubs will be allocated different Signing Bonus

Pools, based on reverse order of winning percentage the prior championship season

(i.e., the Club with the lowest winning percentage the prior season shall receive the

largest Pool).

4. Bonus Regulation of International Amateur Players

A. Beginning in the 2013-2014 signing period (July 2, 2013 - June 15, 2014), Clubs

may trade a portion of their Signing Bonus Pool, subject to certain restrictions.

B. Clubs that exceed their Signing Bonus Pools will be subject to the following

penalties in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 signing periods:

Excess of Pool Penalty (Tax on Overage/Draft Picks)

  • • 0-5% - 75% tax
  • • 5-10% - 75% tax and loss of right to provide more than one player in the next signing period with a bonus in excess of $500,000.
  • • 10-15% - 100% tax and loss of right to provide any player in the next signing period with a bonus in excess of $500,0000.
  • 15%+ 100% tax and loss of right to provide any player in the next signing period with a bonus in excess of $250,000.

C. The penalties for exceeding the Signing Bonus Pool will increase beginning with

the 2014-2015 signing period if a draft or drafts is not agreed to by July 2014.

5. All international amateur players must register with the Scouting Bureau to be eligible to

sign, and the top 100 prospects will be subject to a drug test.

6. The Office of the Commissioner and the Union will form a joint committee to assist

international players with their transition to educational/vocational programs after their

baseball careers are over.

IV.. REVENUE SHARING

a. The net transfer value of the Revenue Sharing Plan will be the same as the current plan. Net

transfer amounts will continue to grow with revenue and changes in disparity.

b. The fifteen Clubs in the largest markets will be disqualified from receiving revenue sharing by

2016. The revenue sharing funds that would have been distributed to the disqualified Clubs will

be refunded to the payor Clubs, except that payor Clubs that have exceeded the CBT threshold

two or more consecutive times will forfeit some or all of their refund.

c. The Commissioner’s Discretionary Fund will increase from $10 to $15 million per year.

V.. COMPETITIVE BALANCE TAX

a. The threshold level of $178 million in 2011 will remain unchanged in 2012 and 2013. The

threshold will increase to $189 million for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

b. The tax rate will decrease to 17.5% for Clubs that exceed the threshold for the first time, and

the rate will increase to 50% for Clubs that exceed the threshold for the fourth time or more.

Rates will remain the same for Clubs that exceed the threshold for the second time (30%) and

third time (40%). The CBT rates in 2012 will be subject to a transition rule.

c. The Competitive Balance Tax structure under the 2006 Basic Agreement will be modified so that

a team that moves below the threshold will be treated as going over for the first time when it

next exceeds the threshold.

VI.. DEBT SERVICE RULE

a. The Debt Service Rule will be maintained, but the default EBITDA multiplier has been lowered

from ten to eight, and from fifteen to twelve for Clubs incurring stadium-related debt in the first

ten years of a new or renovated stadium.

b. Debt of a Club’s owner or related party will be covered by the Debt Service Rule if the debt is

serviced, in whole or in part, using Club funds or assets.

c. Debt Service Rule certification process for new ownership has been modified.

VII.. BENEFIT PLAN

a. Players will continue to receive the maximum allowable pension benefit under IRS rules.

b. Owners will make a $184.5 million annual contribution.

c. Waiting periods for life insurance and disability insurance for active players have been

eliminated.

d. Pension benefits and life insurance benefits for certain classes of retired players and widows

have been improved.

e. The payments to the former non-vested players that began in 2011 will continue for the term of

the Basic Agreement.

f. Access to health coverage has been improved for international players and their families.

g. Health care benefits have been improved while managed care initiatives have been introduced

to help with costs.

VIII.. HEALTH AND SAFETY

a. Players, managers, and coaches will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during

televised interviews and Club appearances. In addition, at any time when fans are permitted in

the ballpark, players, managers and coaches must conceal tobacco products (including

packages and tins), and may not carry tobacco products in their uniforms or on their bodies.

Individuals who violate the policy will be subject to discipline. The parties also agreed upon an

extensive program of education and public outreach regarding the dangers of smokeless

tobacco.

b. The parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players

who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or

other crimes involving alcohol), and for players who are arrested for crimes involving the use of

force or violence.

c. The parties agreed that no new players will be permitted to use a low density maple bat during

the term of the agreement.

d. By 2013, all Major League players will wear a new batting helmet developed by Rawlings that

protects against pitches thrown at 100 miles per hour. The new version of the helmet is

significantly less “bulky” than prior versions of the more protective helmet.

e. The concussion policy that was implemented prior to the 2011 season has been improved and

will remain in effect for the duration of the Basic Agreement.

IX.. DRUG PROGRAM

Commencing in Spring Training 2012, all players will be subject to hGH blood testing for reasonable cause at

all times during the year. In addition, during each year, all players will be tested during Spring Training.

Starting with the 2012-2013 off-season, players will be subject to random unannounced testing for hGH. The

parties have also agreed on a process to jointly study the possibility of expanding blood testing to include inseason

collections.

X.. OTHER

a. Participation in the All-Star Game will be required unless the Player is unable to play due to

injury or is otherwise excused by the Office of the Commissioner. Players Trust will receive an

increased contribution and players will receive additional benefits.

b. All Players will be subject to a policy governing the use of Social Media.

c. Weekend waivers during the regular season will be implemented beginning in 2012.

d. The parties will agree upon a comprehensive international play plan in which Clubs and Player

will visit countries in which games have not been staged in the past.

e. Non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation were added to Article XV.

f. Instant Replay will be expanded to include fair/foul and “trapped” ball plays, subject to the

Office of the Commissioner’s discussions with the World Umpires Association.

g. Modifications to Fourth Option and Outright Assignment rules.

h. The parties agreed to an improved process for challenging official scorer decisions.

Source: MLB/MLBPA


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New MLB Labor Agreement to Be Announced at 1pm ET on Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2011 18:12

MLBWithout the rancor that has befallen the NFL and NBA, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union will announce a new 5-year labor agreement tomorrow in New York. Commissioner Selig and MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner will make the announcement of the memorandum of understanding of the new CBA at 1pm ET.

The deal sees considerable changes from the agreement set to expire on Dec. 11, including changes to the amateur draft, compensation for loss of free agents at both the league and international level, additional players eligible for salary arbitration, blood-testing for hGH has part of the drug policy, the addition of 2 Wild Card teams, interleague play year-round, the move of the Houston Astros to the AL West to balance the league at 15 teams at piece in the AL and NL.

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MLB Labor Deal Update: Increased Minimum Salary, hGH Testing, Additional Players in Salary Arb, More PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 November 2011 15:30

MLBOn Friday, we announced that MLB was on the verge of a new labor deal. Here’s the latest:

One More Day – We said that the deal between MLB and the MLBPA would be announced on Monday. Well…. now, it’s sounding like official word will go down on Tues. with an MOU (memorandum of understanding). What does that mean? The core details will be announced, but the actual legalese that is seen in the current CBA will likely be months from being released to the public.

Minimum Salary to Increase to $480,000 in First YearThe AP is reporting that the minimum salary for MLB players will increase to $480,000, up from $414,000 in 2011, a sizeable increase of 16 percent from the year prior. The AP also reports that later in the deal, the minimum salary will eventually hit the $500,000 threshold. Here is a breakdown of MLB’s minimum salary over the life of the CBA set to be retired, plus the new minimum salary that is being reported for 2012.

 

MLB Minimum Salary

Year

Salary

% of
Increase

2007

$380,000

--

2008

$390,000

3%

2009

$400,000

3%

2010

$400,000

0%

2011

$414,000

4%

* 2012

$480,000

16%

* Reported increase for first year of new CBA

Blood-testing for hGH – On Friday, I reported that testing for Human-Growth Hormone (hGH) was coming to MLB, but in some senses it wasn’t much of a surprise. For some time, there had been whispers of it coming to the Majors after being part of the Minors. What was not known as of reporting on Friday was the method for testing. For years, the Players had said that there were serious concerns, not only about testing for hGH, but that using blood-draws would be fought. Well, that seems to have changed as The New York Times is reporting that not only will hGH testing be coming to MLB, but it will be done with blood-draws beginning with entry to Spring Training for the upcoming 2012 season. The NYT is saying that a first-time violation for hGH will result in a 50-game suspension.

While it does not say, it’s likely that if that is indeed the case, hGH will likely fall under the same classification as all other PEDs (minus stimulants) in terms of penalties. If the policy holds for the league drug agreement in the upcoming CBA as is in the current one, a second violation for hGH would result in a 100-game suspension, and a third positive could result in permanent suspension from Major League and Minor League Baseball.

Slotting and a Luxury Tax for Amateur Draft Bonuses – The slotting-system for Draft bonuses was seen as the lynch pin in getting the deal completed. Commissioner Selig and the owners were pushing for hard-slots – a defined bonus depending on where a player was drafted – while the players were against hard-slots saying it was a form of a cap. The solution will be a Luxury Tax that will hit allow flexibility for the players and options for clubs. Reportedly, the slots will be set and based upon that, a total bonus number is calculated. If a club jumps over that total, they’ll be hit with a tax. If this is indeed the system, it allows flexibility for clubs go above slot as they see fit, or possibly restructure bonuses if player and agent reach a deal where one would be paid a bonus under-slot while the difference would be applied to another player to go over-slot.

International Free Agents and the new Luxury Tax Around It – According to The AP, a Luxury Tax for international free agents will also be implemented but that “there will be a separate threshold and tax with penalties, and there will be a study committee that could put a new system in place later during the agreement.”

Draft Pick Compensation – According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Elias ranking will go away for draft compensation and only free agent players that see “more than $12 million in the first year of the agreement, then will rise in subsequent years” will be deserving of a draft pick compensation for the team losing the player. The AP offers a slightly different description saying:

Starting next year, teams will have to make a "qualifying offer" of a one-year guaranteed contract to their players eligible to become free agents in order to receive compensation if the player signs with another club. That amount will be at least $12.4 million and could rise by next year, depending on a formula. The new "qualifying offer" does away with the statistical formula for ranking free agents that has existed since the 1981 strike

Rosenthal adds that, “A club that signs such a player will forfeit a top pick, but, as in the past, a team that finishes in the bottom 15 of the overall standings cannot lose its first-round selection.” As noted both reports note, the changes will not be effect to impact the current Hot Stove environment, but during the 2012-13 off-season.

More Players in Salary Arbitration, Increased Number of Super Twos – If there’s one thing that has see-sawed over the years, it’s the number of players that are eligible for salary arbitration. As part of the new CBA, approx. 5-6 more players that are “Super Twos” will be eligible. These are players have the highest level of Major League Service Time that are between 2 and 3 years of MLST. The current agreement sees the top 17% of those players in terms of service time. That will rise to 22% for the upcoming agreement.

The Luxury Tax – The Competitive Balance Tax (CBT), or as it’s commonly known as the Luxury Tax that has been part of MLB, stopped at the end of the season. It’s back in the new agreement, with some undefined tweaks. In a sign that the players are happy with where the model currently is, the soft cap for the league will see no changes in the threshold from the 2011 season -- $178 million based on end-of-year salaries (see historical Final Salaries for MLB for 1999-2010).

While final player payroll numbers for the 2011 season are not released until just before Christmas, the Yankees will (yet again) break the threshold. It seems likely that the Phillies will break the CBT threshold for the first time, and the Red Sox are skirting the edge and could be in or out. Either way, the league believes the system puts a drag on overspending, citing a handful of teams outside the Yankees doing so repeatedly (See a complete history of Luxury Tax payments in MLB). What seems certain is MLB will see more than $250 million in monies collected through the tax between the 1997-99 formula and the system that has been in place since 2002 when the numbers are released before the Holiday.

No Luxury Tax in “Reverse” – We reported on Friday that there had been talk during negotiations of a Luxury Tax “in reverse” – a threshold at the bottom of the payroll scale in which clubs would be hit with a tax if they went under a certain player payroll figure. While there were discussions, that seems to have fallen off the table in negotiations and will not be part of the new agreement.

Balanced Leagues, Yearly Interleague, Additional Playoff Teams – This aspect has been known for some time, and made formal as part of the approval for the sale of the Houston Astros. The club will move from the NL to the AL for the 2013 season, and with it, balance out the leagues. Due to 15 teams a piece, interleague will be played in one form or the other during the entire regular season. The move to balance out the league was a want of not only MLB, but the MLBPA and was approved by a vote of more than 75% of the owners with consent from Jim Crane as part of the sale agreement (the vote and consent are highlighted as part of the MLB Constitution, see pages 7 and 8).

The move to a balanced league will allow the addition of two more Wild Cards to the playoffs in 2013 with a one-game sudden-death game being the format.

How Long is the Deal? – The new labor agreement will be 5-years in length. By its expiration, MLB will have seen an unprecedented 22 years of labor peace.


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MLB Owners Approve Larry Baer as Managing Partner of San Francisco Giants PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 15:17

GiantsCommissioner Selig announced today that the Major League owners have formally approved the designation of Larry Baer as the control person of the San Francisco Giants.  The Major League Clubs voted during today’s quarterly ownership meetings. Baer's official title with the Giants is CEO.

The approval of Baer comes after the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Giants ousted former managing partner Bill Neukom from the position earlier this year.

(SEE Does Bill Neukom’s Departure as Managing Partner of Giants Mean A’s Get Into San Jose?)

Each Major League Club has a designated control person who is accountable to Major League Baseball for the operation of the Club and for the Club’s compliance with the rules of Baseball.


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MLB Labor Agreement Could Come Any Day PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 November 2011 13:11

MLBWorking over the weekend, representatives from MLB and the MLBPA appear to have bridged the most difficult aspect of their labor negotiations – a system to allow for draft-related issues.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, a deal could come as early as today or Monday.

While the current labor agreement is set to expire on Dec 11, there is pressure to reach a deal in advance of several meetings set for this coming week. General Managers are set to meet on Monday and Tuesday with the owners meeting on Weds and Thurs in Milwaukee. The union is holding meetings with player agents from Mon-Weds.

According to Rosenthal, there are other issues that could trip-up an announcement within the next two days. Issues such as draft-pick compensation, the Luxury Tax, a possible international draft, changes to revenue-sharing, hGH testing, and more are said to be part of discussions around the new collective bargaining agreement.

The agreement is believed to be five-years in length. By the time this new agreement expires, MLB will have seen 22 years of labor peace.


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New Miami Marlins Logos Unveiled, Here's the Design PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 November 2011 21:44

Marlins

Below are the first looks at the new Miami Marlins logos that were unveiled tonight. Roads will be gray, home is black, the day-glo orange are alternative road. See owner Jeffery Lora with Ozzie Guillen and players sporting the new look at the very bottom.

Marlins

Road

Alternate

Club Colors

Marlins Lettering

Loria, Ozzie, players


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Complete List of 148 MLB Players Eligible for Free Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:41

MLBToday, the below 148 players became free agents pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement (see the list by selecting Read More). The league and MLBPA delayed the start of free agency by 24 hours due to the collective bargaining process, something the league and PA would not address in detail.

This year is different than in years past. Instead of players having to file for free agency, they become automatically available.

Who has the most eligible free agents? The Dodgers have the distinction with 10 players (Jonathan Broxton is but one player). Several teams have eight, with the Brewers (most notably, Prince Fielder), Red Sox (notables include Papelbon, Ortiz, JD Drew and Wakefield), Yankees (notables include Jorge Posada, Colon), and Nationals (notables include Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez).

Of course, the biggest free agent eligible player out there is Albert Pujols, someone most everybody is watching to see if he can land the most lucrative contract in history with the Cardinals, or elsewhere. Other notable players to watch for are Roy Oswalt, Jimmy Rollins, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Magglio Ordonez, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon, CJ Wilson.

But, the list could grow further, if options are exercised (see bottom table). There, the likes of CC Sabathia, Rafeal Soriano, Rafeal Furcal, Yadier Molina, Kelly Shoppach, and Jon Rauch lurk.

Free agent players are eligible to negotiate and sign with any Club beginning 12:01 AM EST Thursday, November 3.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE 148 ELIGIBLE PLUS PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AGENCY PENDING OPTION PROVISIONS IN THEIR UNIFORM PLAYER CONTRACT (UPC)

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Sources: Agent Name Surfaces That Allegedly Used Porn Star to Recruit MLB Players PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:34

Multiple sources to The Biz of Baseball are reporting that Terry Bross, an agent for Phoenix-based Gaylord Sports Management is the agent that allegedly put porn star Bibi Jones in touch with MLB players. Not all that Jones “spent the night with” signed with Bross, but some have. No money ever exchanged hands, and according to Jones, she wasn’t expected to have sex with the players. The activity occurred during 2010.

According to Jones, “It was never expected that I hook up with these guys,” she said. “It was that I wanted to.”

The word of Bross being the agent in question is also being reported by Business Insider.


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Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod Officially Leave San Diego Padres For Chicago Cubs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 19:55

Jed Hoyer is now officially the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS….

The news has been rumored for some time, and after the Cubs announced Theo Epstien as the new President of Baseball Operations, it was not a matter of when, but if.

With the rainout of Game 6 of the World Series, the Cubs and Padres have used the opportunity to break the news through a joint press release:

The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres jointly announce today that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will leave the Padres, effective immediately, to accept positions with the Cubs. The Cubs have agreed to send the Padres a player to be named later as compensation.

Both the Cubs and the Padres intend to hold press conferences after the World Series. The Cubs intend to announce Hoyer as Executive Vice President/General Manager and McLeod as Senior Vice President/Scouting and Player Development, while the Padres intend to announce Josh Byrnes as Hoyer's successor.

Out of respect for the World Series, both clubs have agreed to forego further comment until holding their respective news conferences after the World Series is complete.

What will be interesting is when the Cubs and Red Sox announce what the compensation is for Epstein’s departure from the Red Sox.

Hoyer and Epstein worked closely together in Boston for several years where he held the title of assistant to the general manager when first arriving in 2002. He was briefly co-GM of the Red Sox with Epstein for a little over a year from December 12, 2005 to January 19, 2006

MORE NEWS AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE


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