Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams 6/9/20
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Steve Adams
4:31
Another week -- and no plan to return to play. Exciting times in baseball. Let's chat!
Guest
4:31
  • When do you think a counter proposal comes from the MLBPA?
Steve Adams
4:32
The league asked the union to respond by Wednesday. Shouldn't be long before we get another round of leaks and exhausting finger pointing. Hooray!
Mr_CoCoNuts
4:32
Is their a chance to still play baseball by July 4th?
Steve Adams
4:33
I think that ship has sailed. They wanted Spring Training 2.0 to start tomorrow when they were eyeing July 4 as a potential start date. Now the league is asking for a counterproposal tomorrow. Mid-July seems like the best case scenario
Uncle Ethan
4:34
any chance the Tigers take someone other than spencer torlekson tmrw?
Steve Adams
4:35
Sure. I think Torkelson's the likely pick, but Austin Martin is viewed by plenty of folks as a more complete player given that he has more defensive value.
Astros Fan
4:35
Over or under 50% chance Springer is still with the Astros next year?
Steve Adams
4:38
The Astros barely spent any money this past offseason and already have $117MM on the books plus a total of $134MM in luxury obligations. That's before arb raises to Correa, Osuna, McCullers and a few others.

I have a hard time seeing Houston pony up to bring Springer back on a big multi-year deal between that prior lack of spending and this year's huge losses.
Dave
4:38
How long before Matt Harvey is closing games for the KT Wiz?
Steve Adams
4:39
Ha, I'd love to see Harvey in the KBO, although as I reported last week he's just one of several arms drawing interest from that particular KBO club. I wouldn't assume it's any sort of given that he ends up there.
Jeremy
4:39
Could a team immediately sign an undrafted player to an extension as a way to circumvent the 20k limit?
Steve Adams
4:40
Doing so would mean selecting his contract and adding him to the 40-man roster. A team wouldn't do that.
Blagh
4:40
If a season IS played and a player optionally does not participate, do they still get service time for the season?
Steve Adams
4:40
That's one of the many, many aspects the league and union are still debating
Springer
4:41
If Houston doesn't bring Springer back, where do you see him signing?
Steve Adams
4:44
Rangers, White Sox, Blue Jays, Braves, Giants -- plenty of clubs will have interest. I like the Texas pick myself, but that's just sheer speculation of course. They've had a fluid OF mix and a pretty left-handed-leaning lineup for awhile. Choo coming off the books. No real long-term answer in CF. New stadium. Etc.
Irate Nate
4:44
Are the Reds a prime short season contender with the added offense and deep rotation?
Steve Adams
4:45
Expanded playoffs, too. I like their chances of some kind of postseason berth, though I don't think they're any sort of clear division favorite.
Bucco
4:45
Tell me something good about the Pirates
Steve Adams
4:46
Ben Cherington deserves more credit than he got after getting the boot in Boston, and Ke'Bryan Hayes will play in the Majors this year. Joe Musgrove is underrated.
Meh
4:46
Under the current agreement between the MLB and the MLBPA, can't the owners compel players to return to play for a full pro rata 50 game season?
Steve Adams
4:48
That does appear to be their interpretation of the standing March agreement. The MLBPA could try to push back, though, as the agreement also stipulates that the league is supposed to try to play as many games as possible.

That entire March agreement is a disaster, and both sides deserve some ridicule for putting together such an obviously vague document and then waiting months to seriously begin swapping proposals. It's a joke.
Ammiel
4:49
whats the big deal about playing beyond october besides health (2nd wave of virus- due to cold) Steve?
Steve Adams
4:50
The owners are terrified by the notion of a second wave wiping out postseason play. Plus, playing into November means more competition against the NFL for television dollars.

Oh, wait, sorry -- it's "for the good of the players," or something, according to D-backs owner Ken Kendrick. Right.
cubsfan4life92
4:51
What happens if there is no season? Do players essentially lose a year on their respective contracts? If that's the case, would the MLBPA fight for players to earn that year again?
Steve Adams
4:52
They already agreed all players will get service time, contracts will move forward, etc. Players have been paid out a $170MM advance (distributed proportionally among all players).
Guest
4:53
willbaseball happen?
Steve Adams
4:53
Yeah, but it'll be fewer games than fans hoped
Dom
4:54
How much of a paycut do you think this year's free agents are likely to see ??
Steve Adams
4:55
There's no good way to predict it other than to say it'll be significant.

That's why I laughed when owners offered to temporarily eliminate the QO yesterday. With all these revenue losses, who's getting a QO anyhow? Betts... Springer... Realmuto? They might be the only 4 locks. Normally I'd say Semien, but the A's just had to be shamed into paying their minor leaguers after cutting their stipends to save a million bucks.
Guest
4:56
Would the advance count against any compensation the players receive for a schedule of 50 games?
Steve Adams
4:57
They'll pay it back if there's a season; though yesterday's proposal offered something like a 20% forgiveness of that advance (amid the other additional cuts sought by ownership)
Fantasy Baseball
4:57
Did you have your fantasy draft yet or waiting for an announcement?
Steve Adams
4:57
I did a couple drafts in late Feb/early March.
Astros Fan
4:58
If contracts are deflated, wouldn’t that give the Astros a better chance of resigning Springer?
Steve Adams
4:58
Maybe -- but again, you're talking about a team that spent like $15MM total in FA last year and is losing a whole OF and its 1B to free agency
4:59
I wrote about the departures they're facing and the financial challenges they're facing a couple months ago:
Mark
4:59
Do you think this will have a last effect on prospect development?
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