April 8th


United States Government Nixes Deal with Cuba

Today the former deal with Cuba to ease the borders to bring players from their league to the MLB has been brought down. The old deal in place would have given money strait to the Cuban government which basically goes against the current trade embargo in place. While this definitely looks good on paper, there have been so many horror stories of players having to defect from the county using human traffickers, and many other really shady practices. Big names have had to use this method to gain entrance from Cuba such as Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu, and Yoenis Cespedes.


Luis Severino – Injury Update

After his rehab was basically “stalled”, Severino will be going in for an MRI today. What really cannot be good news, it is sounding like Severino’s return to the mound is going further and further out. The timeline for him is currently still mid-May but the MRI of course will uncover anything else going on.


Tyler Austin – Traded

Yesterday the Giants announced that they had acquired 1B/OF Tyler Austin from the Twins in exchange for OF Malique Zigler. Austin was the starter for the Yankees until they saw the chance to acquire Lance Lynn last July. Austin was the odd man out so far this year when the Twins picked up CJ Cron off waivers and signed DH Nelson Cruz.


Notes 

  • Ryu of the Dodgers left his game early. He is dealing with a groin strain
  • Cubs’ lefty Lester left after the second inning due to tightness in his left hamstring; getting MRI today

PITCH OF THE DAY

Miles Mikolas vs Max Muncy 78 MPH Curveball



Business of Baseball – Incentive Clause

Definition

Incentives in contracts allow players to earn additional money by achieving certain predetermined benchmarks. Major League Baseball’s Basic Agreement prohibits incentives from being awarded based on statistical achievement. Thus, playing time is the near-universal means by which players receive incentives. Pitchers with incentive-laden contracts typically trigger the incentives based on number of innings pitched, number of games started, number of relief appearances, number of games finished, etc. Hitters will most commonly trigger incentives based on plate appearances. Some contracts also contain roster bonuses, which reward a player simply for staying on the active roster for a certain number of days.

In the 2011 wave of collective bargaining agreement negotiations, milestone bonuses were prohibited by the league, meaning that players can no longer receive contractual bonuses for reaching plateaus such as their 3,000th hit, 500th home run, 200th win, etc.

Example

In the 2015-16 offseason, the Astros signed Doug Fister to a one-year contract with a $7 million guarantee. His contract contained up to $5 million worth of incentives, allowing him to earn a maximum of $12 million for the 2016 season.


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