Movie Glory (1989):
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates...
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington ...
Matthew Broderick...Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington...Pvt. Trip
[the 54th learns they will be paid less than an all-white regiment. Trip gets mad, and refuses his pay]
Trip: Tear it up! Tear it up! TEAR IT UP!
[all the men begin tearing up their checks]
What Jacob deGrom did was not very dramatic. It was a private act of omission.
Jacob deGrom Grumbles, and It Fails to Resonate With Mets
By HARVEY ARATON MARCH 7, 2016 The New York Times
... deGrom described as a “business decision,” his not accepting the $607,000 salary the Mets assigned him this season — a formality since he had no negotiating leverage as a player, with not enough major league service to force salary arbitration...
Friday’s story jarred memories of the utterly awkward Matt Harvey innings watch of 2015 ...
... a roughly $50,000 raise for an All-Star pitcher who won 14 games, was at times dominating into the postseason, and stretched his pitch counts in the process, was obviously taken as inflexible and stingy on the part of the Mets...
Baseball’s longstanding arbitration system for players with three years in the majors — long considered fair and equitable — should at least be re-examined in the aftermath of the Harvey case, which raised important issues on risk and potential reward for the young and precocious...
(deGrom) ... signed at an older age, was injured early on in his career, has only a year and a half of major league service and is 27...
He is also a player who won’t be eligible for arbitration until 2018 and unfettered free agency until 2021...
unusual circumstances — an outlier on the developmental scale but an instant and charismatic star
Born: June 19, 1988 in DeLand, FL Age 27
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 9th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Signed June 12, 2010.
Debut: May 15, 2014 Age 25
2016 Contract Status: Signed thru 2016, 1 yr/$607k (16) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2016): 1.139, Arb Eligible: 2018, Free Agent: 2021 [*], Agents: CAA Sports (Brodie Van Wagenen and Matt Ricatto) [*]
|2015||27||New York Mets||$556,875||0.139||contracts|
|2016||28||New York Mets||$607,000||1.139|
|Earliest Arb Eligible: 2018, Earliest Free Agent: 2021|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$556,875||Does not include future salaries ($0)|
Matt Harvey, born March 27, 1989:
|2013||24||New York Mets||$498,750||0.072||contracts|
|2014||25||New York Mets||$606,625||1.072||contracts|
|2015||26||New York Mets||$614,125||2.072||contracts|
|2016||27||New York Mets||$4,325,000||3.072|
|Earliest Arb Eligible: 2017, Earliest Free Agent: 2019|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$1,719,500||Does not include future salaries ($0)|
Zack Greinke, born Oct. 21, 1982:
|2015||31||Los Angeles Dodgers||$25,000,000||10.057||contracts|
|Earliest Free Agent: 2022|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$110,503,000||Does not include future salaries ($206.5M)|
|2016||30||Boston Red Sox||$30,000,000||6.164|
|2017||31||Boston Red Sox||$30,000,000|
|2018||32||Boston Red Sox||$30,000,000||Can opt out of contract following 2018 season|
|2019||33||Boston Red Sox||$31,000,000|
|2020||34||Boston Red Sox||$32,000,000|
|2021||35||Boston Red Sox||$32,000,000|
|2022||36||Boston Red Sox||$32,000,000|
|Earliest Free Agent: 2023|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$54,031,842||Does not include future salaries ($217M)|
|2013||21||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$510,000||1.070||contracts|
|2014||22||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$1,000,000||2.070||contracts|
|2015||23||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$6,083,000||3.070||contracts|
|2016||24||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$16,083,000||4.070|
|2017||25||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$20,083,000|
|2018||26||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$34,083,000|
|2019||27||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$34,083,000|
|2020||28||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$34,085,000|
|Earliest Free Agent: 2021|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$7,593,000||Does not include future salaries ($138.4M)|
The league and union will negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) this year. It's billionaire owners against millionaire players, each of whom also has an individual contract. The union has been conceding to the league in recent years without getting anything in return on two issues:
- performance enhancing drugs (PED), including steroids
- domestic violence.
The commissioner now has plenipotentiary powers to punish players and deny them basic due process. The time is ripe for the players to push back and parameters for salary arbitration and free agency are likely the straws that will break the camel's back.