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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Service time grievance by Kris Bryant could put Greg Bird in the outfield.

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Sources: Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco filed grievances over manipulation of service time
 
By Jeff Passan 15 hours ago in Yahoo Sports


Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco have filed grievances against their teams alleging they were kept in the minor leagues unnecessarily and had their service time manipulated to delay future free agency, multiple major league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Potential service-time manipulation looms as a significant issue with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association ramping up discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement after the current one expires Dec. 1, 2016. While neither case has yet to reach an arbitration panel, according to sources, the grievances indicate that players believe teams have not abided by the intention of service-time rules and operated in bad faith.

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Yankee Greg Bird should add a fielder's glove to his first baseman's mitt.  Just in case Kris Bryant wins his grievance.

Greg Bird: is he being sent to the minors in 2016 so the Yankees can limit his free agency and salary arbitration eligibility? Monday, November 23, 2015

... both Yankee management and Yankee fans were very pleased with Bird and see him as the likely Yankee first baseman of the future...

Yankee general manager Brian Cashman has been adamant in multiple interviews after the 2015 season:
- Bird will NOT be tried at other positions (RF, 3B)
- Bird will start the 2016 season in the minors.

I've been wondering if Cashman's insistence that Bird start in AAA in 2016 is to save a year on arbitration eligibility and when Bird can become a free agent.

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Rob Refsnyder: will he start 2016 in the minors for the same reason as Greg Bird: service time? Monday, November 23, 2015

See previous post on Greg Bird ...

The obvious example of this was 2015 RoY Kris Bryant starting 2015 in the minors...


If it's happening to Rob Refsnyder, does it mean that the Yankees consider Refsnyder a star or does it mean that teams, including the Yankees, will do it with any young players they consider potential starters who could be paid much more than the minimum?
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Conflicted: fans, teams, maybe even players - over service time rules. Thursday, November 26, 2015

Two recent posts had me annoyed with the Yankees and sympathetic to the players: Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder...

I instinctively sided with the players.  I also was annoyed that the Yankees would not be fielding their best team.  But after I had thought about it, Yankee management might have a point.  Keeping good young players an extra year helps the team in the long run, especially if the only down side for the team is that it does not have those players for relatively short periods.

I was conflicted...

The Chicago Cubs played their first 2015 game Sunday April 5; Cubs lost at home to the Cardinals 3-0.  Kris Bryant made his major league debut with the Cubs Friday April 17, 2015; Cubs lost at home 5-4 to the Padres.  The Cubs were then 5-4.  It was widely understood that Bryant had started the 2015 season in the minors so that Bryant would have this status:

Service Time (01/2016)
Arbitration Eligible: 2018
Free Agent: 2022 ...

Cubs play without their prize kid for eight games but gain a year in the two big categories...

... player gets screwed

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