March 30, 2015
The Chicago Cubs are faced with a decision as to what to do with their prospect Kris Bryant. He is not only undoubtedly one of the best 25 players in the organization, but may very well be one of the best players on the Cubs, period. Should he Stay or Should he Go? (i.e., have him start the season in the MLB, or send him to the minors) Should be an easy enough decision. A team's main goal is to win(*), and the Cubs are a better player with him on the team than not.
But there is a wrinkle. You see, MLB (in its Collective Bargaining Agreement) has decided that when a player spends 172 days on an MLB roster, that is deemed to be a whole season. And a team has control of a player for 6 seasons, after which he can become a free agent. So, if Bryant starts the year in the minors and is called up in a couple of weeks, he will only be on the MLB roster for....171 days. Convenient. From the CBA's perspective this is no different than a prospect getting a cup of coffee in late September. You don't really want to discourage that by counting it as a whole year, so they have arbitrarily (or through heated negotiations, I'm not really sure) used 172 days as the cutoff between playing a whole season, and just getting a callup that doesn't really count.
March 29, 2015
Will Vazquez need to miss the entire season, or will just need a few weeks of recovery? Will Boston trade away Craig or Victorino to clear the outfield logjam? Cole Hamels rumours are still swirling. If Vazquez is out does that open the door for Swihart, or another trade?
Anyhow, I will post something shortly with my thoughts on the upcoming season. Bet you can't wait....