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Wednesday Halolinks: Let's Agree to Disagree About Agreement

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The CBA edition of Halolinks:

  • The powers that be within baseball approved their new 5-year collective bargaining agreement yesterday. There are quite a few interesting provisions within the new agreement, although I'm not too sure the provisions would be as interesting if there wasn't any other baseball news to report. I mean, if the agreement details were announced in July, would there still be 47 articles detailing the agreement written? Ah,'s a pdf file of the new 2011 CBA: AGREEMENT DETAILS. Eric Stephens from SBN's Dodger site has a good rundown on the agreement, Thoughts On The New MLB CBA - True Blue LA.

    As with any new changes, there are people complaining about some of the new additions to the CBA, specifically the part limiting the amounts teams can spend on drafted players. And anytime there's talk of limiting spending, this guys finds a microphone: Scott Boras says CBA draft provisions will lessen the value of franchises - The Washington Post. From the article, "His case: the penalties for spending over an allotted amount will restrict the creativity and effect of scouting acumen of front offices, making it more difficult to inherit a losing team and turn it into a winner through the draft. "The franchise values, I think, are going to be affected by this," Boras said. "New franchise owners such as the Lerners can no longer rely on the draft to improve their franchise in a major way. The GMs now have less flexibility, less ability to do it. It’s going to take longer to improve your team in a meaningful way."

    I have two quick thoughts on this; 1) Good general managers will improve their teams regardless of the rules imposed on them. That's what makes them good general managers. And, 2) I must be missing something here. Aren't the large market teams under the same restrictions as small market teams? And wouldn't the imposed spending limits level the field between large and small market teams? The only way this hurts small market teams is if the penalties imposed for exceeding the slot amounts isn't large enough to deter the large market teams from going over slot. Here's Ken Rosenthal's thoughts: Rosenthal MLB deal unfair to small market teams - FOX Sports. "The draft had become a lifeblood for such teams (small market), the one talent pool in which they could play catch-up." Not sure why it still won't be a way to play catch-up. It still comes down to drafting well.
  • Also announced yesterday was the N.L. MVP results, and of course someone's not happy...but this time I agree: Writers strike out not choosing Matt Kemp as MVP - "Kemp had more home runs than Braun. He had more runs batted in. He had more runs scored. He had more stolen bases. He had a better on-base percentage. When you throw everything together and calculate the hot stat known as wins above replacement, which determines how many wins a player is worth to his team, Kemp led the NL and Braun finished second." Does it kind of creep anyone else out (in a good way I suppose) when it seems like all-of-a-sudden some of the brick and mortar guys start referencing Wins Above Replacement?


  • The one thing I respected most about Lyle Spencer was his steadfast devotion to his way of thinking. Even if he was wrong, he stood behind his opinion. However, I just can't get past his use of the "eye test" as a quantifiable way to evaluate talent and performance. Halos' pitching more than trio of ace starters - "Defense is the one area of the game most difficult to quantify accurately. But the eye test told you that the Angels were as consistently efficient as any defense in the sport." It seems l like he uses stats and/or scouting when it helps prove his point. Within this post he references the subjective scouting based rankings of the Bill James Handbook to bolster one player's defensive abilities, and then uses Ultimate Zone Rating for another.
  • Dallas Morning News writer Evan Grant gets blasted for his AL MVP vote in this post: Baseball Time in Arlington: A Texas Rangers Blog - Evan Grant: Wrong By Any Measure. Here's the quick money quote: "This is a question of credibility and whether Evan Grant has any after this absurd vote."
  • Some stat stuff from The Hardball Times: The 2011 Yogi Berra Award - The Hardball Times. "The great Yankee catcher used to swing at everything, and when asked about his habit of swinging at bad pitches, he once replied with one of his trademark quotes: "If I can hit it, it's a good pitch.""
  • On The Passing Of Greg Halman - Lookout Landing. Jeff Sullivan does an excellent job reflecting on the loss of Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman who was stabbed to death at the age of 24 in Rotterdam.