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|MLB players union raises concerns over revenue sharing by Marlins, Pirates
The roster-stripping underway in Miami and Custom Football JerseysPittsburgh has raised the union’s hackles enough to lodge an official complaint.
Spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed Friday that the Major League Baseball Players Association has notified Commissioner Rob Manfred it wants to make sure the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are not violating the revenue-sharing agreement. Both teams are recipients and have pared their payroll significantly this offseason.
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“We have raised our concerns regarding both Miami and Pittsburgh with the Commissioner, as is the protocol under the collective bargaining agreement and its Revenue Sharing provisions,’’ Bouris said in a statement. “We are waiting to have further dialogue and that will dictate our next steps.”
The complaint is exploratory in nature, seeking a
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In the midst of an offseason that has seen remarkably few transactions and no nine-figure signings, the Marlins and Pirates have been quite active – shedding payroll.
The Marlins, under new ownership headed by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, have traded away Giancarlo Stanton and the remainder of his $325 million contract, along with other star-caliber players like second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Yelich, who has four years and $43.25 million left on his contract, was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
The Pirates, coming off their second consecutive losing season after making the playoffs three years in a row, dealt away franchise icon Andrew McCutchen and staff ace Gerrit Cole, saving about $19 million in payroll. However, they did sign closer Felipe Rivero to a four-year, $22 million contract.
For both teams, the trades mostly fetched prospects in return.
MLB responded in a statement e-mailed to USA
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The strategy of rebuilding by tearing down a roster and getting rid of veterans with big salaries has paid off in recent years for clubs like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, who endured some miserable seasons before combined to win the last two World Series.
So that approach has proven successful, and even if it didn’t the union wouldn’t be able to dictate how teams conduct their business. Besides, baseball payrolls are not ruled by a salary cap or a salary floor, allowing clubs to invest their money as they see fit.
But the expenditure of revenue sharing funds is
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dictated by the collective bargaining agreement. And while that money doesn’t have to be earmarked for player salaries, it is supposed to be used to improve the product on the field.
Back in 2010, the Marlins and Pirates were cited as possible violators of the revenue-sharing provisions, so the union is staying vigilant.