Baseball once again has labor peace.

The league and its players on Wednesday night agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that will eventually raise the luxury tax threshold over $200 million for the first time.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred still believes David Ortiz might not have legitimately failed a drug test. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Commissioner Rob Manfred is pleased there’s a CBA. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Baseball once again has labor peace.

The league and its players on Wednesday night agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that will eventually raise the luxury tax threshold over $200 million for the first time.

The threshold will increase from $189 million to $195 million in 2017, leaving the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and Tigers above the limit next season, according to USA Today.

Otherwise, very little changed. Rosters did not expand from 25 to 26, there won’t be an international draft, and expanded September rosters will remain.

One small change affecting relatively few players relates to free agent compensation. Whereas players who declined a qualifying offer once would’ve cost the signing team a first-round pick, they’ll now cost that team a third-rounder if they’re under the tax threshold, or a second- and fifth-rounder if they’re over.

The agreement, which still must be ratified by the owners and players, was reached hours before a Dec. 1 deadline, otherwise the owners had threatened a lockout. It ensures labor peace through the 2021 season, when the luxury tax threshold will expand to $210 million.

The deal is expected to trigger a flurry of moves, with a number of teams — including the Red Sox — reluctant to act until the game’s financial landscape had been established.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.

[0:00:03] ... was losing hall of fame votes and does he care about it Curt Schilling joins us on the eighteenth the hotline and Curt Schilling is. Here now everywhere are all all all over our sister station WRKO one. Across how we cars that work Kurt Mark ...
[0:04:52] ... my career has done a lot of things that you could say Curt Schilling typically get better or worse. But again I I. I am I believe what I believe and I like ice you know ...
[0:06:21] ... also kept people I think to that would be an out. Like dale Murphy or. Fred McGriff. Those guys were hall of famers to me so they don't. Yes I look at the character of the guys in and ...
[0:15:26] ... your reaction and now we appreciate it if you met. As curt Curt Schilling joining us here on the AT&T hotline. ...






Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.

[0:00:42] ... promised your phone calls here on a whatever you got reacting to Curt Schilling had to say it will continue to do that the hall of fame process. And the Red Sox all season at 61777979837. ...
[0:01:17] ... argued look at me and salary. That group that bit better and Miguel Cabrera and all that everybody's. Got to focus in on cult Oprah and as it. Sure there short term solution. At DH. You ...
[0:02:27] ... keep you in the mix potentially for trading for belt up for Miguel Cabrera. Or Jean Karl standard signing Stanton down the road and I would just say if he were available. Pop out while the Red Sox be front center interested and at kicking every single higher. On the other best right handed hitter of of this generation and not name. Yeah near me. I would just say this is the typical wishful thinking we get the Sammy or so not only. By the Tigers who are looking to dump salary is not going to be Justin Upton or Jordan Zimmermann summit like that's gonna be Miguel Cabrera their best hitter. Not only that they're gonna eat most of the money. Even though he's coming off a 38 homer season where he hit well over 300 again. Tell me the incentive of the Tigers had to make that deal they're not looking to move Miguel Cabrera and that circumstance they're looking to move somebody who's overpaid. But it is earning his money and you look at guys like ...
[0:05:32] ... the math here real quick 123456. Almost 200 million dollars. Laughs on Miguel Cabrera I mean I went away and I ask. When by the way you have guys in I've talked with them in the ...






Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.

It was trending this way for the last month, but now it looks like there will be some certainty very soon.

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion

It was trending this way for the last month, but now it looks like there will be some certainty very soon.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are “probably” not going to be a finalist for the services of free agent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told TSN Tuesday afternoon that his client would most likely sign a contract either later this week, or early next week. He went on to add that two clubs have extended serious offers to the 33-year-old, not disclosing what teams they were.

Kinzer did add that the Blue Jays, who along with the Yankees and Astros may be considered the favorites for Encarnancion’s services, are perhaps the most aggressive. It was reported that slugger turned down an offer from Toronto in the vicinity of four years, $80 million.

“The Jays are showing Edwin the most love,” Kinzer told Rick Westhead of TSN. “We’re talking. They want him back. (GM) Ross (Atkins) has been talking to Edwin. They have a great relationship.”

The Red Sox have been consistent in their approach throughout the offseason, insisting their preference in signing a replacement for David Ortiz would be via a short-term deal. One option they remain interested in is Carlos Beltran.

As is the case with other clubs, the Red Sox are also waiting for the new Competitive Balance Tax threshold to be identified in the revamped Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA expires Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The honors and accolades keep rolling in for Rick Porcello.

The Red Sox right-hander, who earlier this month claimed the American League Cy Young Award, on Tuesday added Comeback Player of the Year to his resume.

Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

The honors and accolades keep rolling in for Rick Porcello.

The Red Sox right-hander, who earlier this month claimed the American League Cy Young Award, on Tuesday added Comeback Player of the Year to his resume.

Porcello finished first in balloting among the 30 beat reporters from MLB.com. He was joined by National League winner Anthony Rendon of the Nationals.

Porcello, 27, went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and nipped former teammate Justin Verlander of the Tigers in the Cy Young voting. His 22 victories led the big leagues and were the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez won 23 in 1999.

Porcello’s numbers were a far cry from 2015, when he debuted with the Red Sox by going 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

Porcello is the first Red Sox player to win the award since outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury claimed it in 2011.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Few might have taken notice, but Ryan LaMarre took advantage of his time in the Red Sox organization.