Miami Marlins’ Plan To Keep Players At Minimum Salaries Will Piss Off Agents

Last week, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi wrote that “major-league sources” told them the Miami Marlins have decided they will not pay any of their 0-3 year service class players a single dollar above the Major League Baseball minimum.   A player cannot become a free agent until he has accumulated six full years of Major League…

Jeff Fannell Goes 1-1 In 2012 Baseball Salary Arbitration Hearings

Jeff Fannell of Jeff Fannell & Associates, LLC used to be an Assistant General Counsel with the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Fannell worked with Robert Guerra, Bob Lenaghan, Matt Nussbaum, and Doyle Pryor as Assistant GCs at the MLBPA.  He established his own consulting firm located in Bordentown, New Jersey in November 2010.  Fannell currently advises baseball…

110th Annual Baseball Winter Meetings In Dallas, Texas

  In less than a month, Minor League Baseball will host its annual Winter Meetings.  This year, the four day event will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.  As always, not all activities are open to the general public.  The PBEO Job Fair and the Baseball Trade Show tend to be the main…

2011 MLB Draft Round 1 Advisors/Players List

First Round Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Boras Corp. – I assume this negotiation was not as brutal as Pedro Alvarez’s? Danny Hultzen (Seattle Mariners) – Creative Artists Agency Trevor Bauer (Arizona Diamondbacks) – Wasserman Media Group Dylan Bundy (Baltimore Orioles) – Jay Franklin (BBI Sports Group) – I hope he will look as good…

Navigating Francisco Rodriguez’s No-Trade Clause

When I first heard that Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez was switching agents from Paul Kinzer of Wasserman Media Group to Scott Boras of Boras Corp., I praised Kinzer for a job well done in his representation of the former New York Mets closer.  After all, Kinzer helped Rodriguez negotiate a 3-year, $37 million deal, which included a very impressive $17.5…

2011 MLB Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Bargaining With Boras

The Pittsburgh Pirates will not only have their hands full negotiating with Scott Boras to sign #1 overall pick Gerrit Cole, the club will also aim to come to terms with Texas high school outfielder Josh Bell, who was selected by the Pirates with the #61 overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft.  Bell could…

Jim Bowden Discusses Boras’ Negotiating Power; Disregard For NCAA Rules?

The 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft officially began last night.  One round and Comp Round A is in the books; rounds two through fifty still remain (along with Comp Round B).  Many top picks are advised by Scott Boras, including #1 overall pick Gerritt Cole, Anthony Rendon, Bubba Starling, Alex Meyer, Brian Goodwin, and Josh…

Wade Davis’ $12.6 Million Pre-Arbitration Contract With The Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays fear arbitration.  The club is one of the few teams that employs a “file-and-trial” strategy once it and one of its players exchange figures leading up to an arbitration hearing, which means that if numbers are exchanged, there will be no settlement pre-hearing.  The Rays do this to dissuade players and…

Scott Boras Is Advising Future Potential #1 Overall Draft Pick, Anthony Rendon

College baseball season officially began this month, which means it is not too early to start talking about who current college baseball players have chosen as their advisors for the upcoming 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Most MLB Mock Drafts (there are not nearly as many on the internet as what exists for the NFL,…