Winners and losers in Tentative Agreement Reached
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball's new labor contract. The deal includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs.
The Oakland Athletics also came up short, with the team's ability to receive revenue-sharing money to be trimmed in stages and eliminated in 2020.
Mid-tier free agents were winners, with management agreeing teams will no longer forfeit first-round draft picks for signing players who turn down qualifying offers. But top-tier free agents could wind up as losers if potential bidders back off because of the steeper tax for exceeding the payroll threshold.
As part of the deal, the experiment of having the All-Star Game determine which league gets home-field advantage in the World Series will end after 14 years. Instead, the pennant winner with the better regular-season record will open the Series at home.
Another important change: The minimum time for a stint on the disabled list will be reduced from 15 days to 10.