For reference, the summary of Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement is here.
As a whole, the MLB's new collective bargaining agreement is a fair and balanced deal that placates many of the agendas of many parties. The deal allows baseball to continue on its plan of incremental change, while the core of the previous CBA remains unchanged.
Although it gives off a “something is better than nothing” feeling, the new CBA should offer much optimism not only because of the length of the deal (five years) but as to underscore baseball’s willingness to move forward on a multitude of issues, including safety and technology.
Despite some initial reactions to the contrary, small- and mid-market teams will benefit from this deal, but it is not without some drawbacks for them as well. Fact is, the reason the deal works is all parties offered some concession. Like the old Rolling Stones song goes, “You can’t always get what you want.”
Let’s break it down by groups and how each one won some and lost some in the new CBA:
WIN: First off, the players benefit from the increased number of “Super Two”-eligible players from 17 percent to 22 percent. These players all have at least two years and 86 days of service time, so more players than ever are eligible for arbitration. Also, minimum salaries were increased for first-year players.