Though its announcement is expected early in the week, some of the key components of the new agreement between Major League Baseball players and owners have begun to be divulged.
Following is a summary of some of the key elements as reported by AP, the New York Times, FOX Sports and other sources.
Type A free agents – 2011 – The group of eligible players will be pared back to just the top stars, while players like relievers will be excluded from requiring compensation. The lists are yet to be disclosed.
Type A free agents – 2012 and beyond – The Elias Rating system will be scrapped. Clubs must have made a “qualifying offer” of at least $12.4 million on a one-year contract to receive compensation if a player later signs elsewhere. The qualifying amount increases in later years.
Type B free agents that generate a compensatory sandwich pick will be eliminated.
Draft and international players
A spending cap on amateur player spending will be put in place. A maximum amount that teams can spend on both draft picks and international free agents will be established. Clubs will be penalized from 75 percent to 100 percent or potentially even lose future first- and second-round draft picks if they excessively exceed the limit.
The minimum Major League salary will jump from $414,000 to $480,000 initially, and to $500,000 over the life of the five-year agreement.
The percentage of “Super Two” players eligible for arbitration between their second and third years of service time will be increased from the top 17 percent of players to 22 percent.
Human Growth Hormone blood testing will begin in February, with penalties the same as for steroids today.
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