Labor peace is a lie, pt. 6: MLB’s players are finally angry again

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2019’s service time manipulation is already here

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Labor peace is a lie, pt. 5: Rob Manfred and the rise of tanking

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Manny Machado signed, and free agency is still broken

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Mike Moustakas got screwed by an awful market, again

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Justin Verlander is on to something

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On Monday, Houston Astros’ ace Justin Verlander took to Twitter to complain about the glacial free agent market. (On second thought, glaciers are receding faster than free agents are being signed, so maybe that analogy doesn’t work so well anymore.) I’ve got a nitpick about what he thinks the “great performance window” for non-Justin Verlander players is, but otherwise, he’s spot-on with his take:

100 or so free agents left unsigned.  System is broken. They blame “rebuilding” but that’s BS. You’re telling me you couldn’t sign Bryce [Harper] or Manny [Machado] for 10 years and go from there? Seems like a good place to start a rebuild to me.  26-36 is a great performance window too.

The system is broken from the players’ point of view, but it’s working just fine from where teams are sitting. The “rebuilding” excuse is at the center of all of this, and for some reason fans eat it up while too many media members do not question the real motives behind teams that use it. As Verlander wonders, if a team is rebuilding, then wouldn’t they want to get a young star when they’re available, so that they don’t have to hope there is one out there to acquire at the moment they’re ready to shift from rebuilding to competing?

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Labor peace is a lie, pt. 4: Selig cries poor, then colludes once more

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Reader mailbag: Rule changes, MiLB organizing, Yasiel Puig

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Let’s judge MLB’s rule change proposals

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Hastening arbitration and raising the minimum salary could help free agency

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