On December 1, 2016, a new collecting bargaining agreement (CBA) was made between the owners of MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). The final deal was done at midnight between the two parties still keeping the offseason running. The usual work was not interrupted during the agreement signing. Several issues like timing, time management of the MLB season, roster expansion and the execution of an international draft could not be completed during the meeting. In the end, a labor peace was finally made in the Major League Baseball Team. Here, we are listing out the five important changes that were made to the game.
- Longer Season: Earlier the Major League Baseball Team had been planning to cut short the total number of games being played in one season. However, the owners were apparently against the idea of cutting down the number of games to 154. After all, losing eight games in total is equivalent to losing a lot of revenues. Thus, the plan of shortening the total duration of the season has been set off the table. The season will still continue with 162 game schedule. However, the season will be starting a little bit earlier shortening the time for spring training
- The advantage of World Series Homefield: The former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig came up with a new idea of making the managers and players to take the midseason exhibition game more seriously. It was the outcome which decided the home-field advantage in the World Series. However, in the new CBA rules, the All – STAR game is still continuing to be a not so important exhibition where the players show their talents. Now, the home field advantage is being determined by the team who has a better record. For instance, under the newly crafted rule, the Cubs would have been the winner of Game 7 at Wrigley Field in the last season.
- New Rule for Disabled: According to the older agreement, if a player got injured in the field, then he needed to go to the disabled list and stay there for about 15 days at least. This rule was not popular amongst the teams because they were unwilling to send off their players for about seven to fifteen days to get recovered. Now, the 15 Day Disabled list has been reduced to 10 days. This rule is more advantageous to the team as well as the owners who want to profit well from their financial investments.
- Compensation for Draft Pick: The older rules dictated that if a player was leaving the team and going for free agency, then his team had two choices. One was to give him a qualifying offer and the second was to simply decline the offer. This means that the team would not get any compensation for the player leaving and joining another. However, this old rule has been met with some amendments which are as follows
• The team is losing a player who signs a $ 50 million contract will receive compensation.
• The team who has exceeded the luxury tax threshold as well as signed another team’s player will give up second and fifth picks along with $ 1 million to the international pool money. However, if the club has not exceeded the threshold tax, then it will surrender the third round pick.
5. International Free Agency Changes: Every team is allotted with a pool of money to spend from while signing international free agents. Restrictions on spending were put if the free agents were younger than 23 or had not spent at least five years with the current baseball team. However, with the new rules, the players must be 25 years old. The new rule has made Shohei Otani who is currently 22 years to wait for two more years before he can start his baseball career in the United States.