December 13, 2013
Get It Now!Hardball Times Annual is now available. It's got 300 pages of articles, commentary and even a crossword puzzle. You can buy the Annual at Amazon, for your Kindle or on our own page (which helps us the most financially). However you buy it, enjoy!
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Sunday, January 06, 2013
In football, teams have the ability to mark one of their players with the "Franchise" tag. One use of the franchise tag is to delay a player's free agency for one season by paying him the average of the top five salaries at his position. Teams cannot apply the tag to the same player two seasons in a row.
Under the new CBA in baseball, teams have the ability to extend a "Qualifying Offer" to a free agent. The amount of the offer must be greater than or equal to the average of the top 125 contracts for the previous season. In 2012, that was $13.3 million. As you're likely aware, if the player signs with another team, the original team receives a supplemental first-round pick in the draft. The signing team loses their first-round pick and the spending allocation associated with it.
The new system has left a few free agents out in the cold. For example, Kyle Lohse has reportedly received no offers.
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