This gets tricky, but I'll try to simplify. With players who are not arbitration eligible the team has the power to impose a salary on them. This process is called "renewing" a player. Teams like to avoid this, so they open talks with all of the players, present the contract offer they intend to make, and then ask for a discussion on whether that seems fair or there is something wrong that the team is missing. This is also an entry point in some ways for a discussion about a multi-year deal. Most players eventually agree. There is not much negotiation that goes on, if any. Sometimes an agent will make the point that the Cardinals' math is off and their algorithm is too geared toward saves and not geared enough toward high-leverage usage. The Cardinals will nod and take that into account, maybe next time. Service time means a lot. Games played means a lot. Starts means a lot. These things are heavily weighted in their offers. Greg Garcia will be arb eligible, like Pham, so he'll be out of this mix next year. Garcia would have agreed to the offer. Bowman agreed to the deal that he was offered. When a player does not agree to the deal, the team must impose the salary. And the team can rescind its offer and renew the player at the minimum, or some other number. Whatever it wants above the minimum. It can be punitive and it can hurt feelings. Ask Vince Coleman.
I was around for the last one. I tied a black sock around my arm for the death of a season and Paul O'Neill's great year and I went to class at Mizzou. The rhetoric and tone is troubling and labor peace is definitely in jeopardy. The next negotiations will not be friendly. Here's hoping they are the least productive. Players and the union are braced to air their frustrations.
This is not even remotely the case.
(I think the bulldog is snoring.)
That's where it all started.
He is a surefire first-ballot, no-doubt book a room Hall of Famer.
A team has access to the 60-day DL when the 40-man roster is full. So if they have 40 on 40, then the team can clear a spot for another player by moving a player to the 60-day DL. That DL can be backdated, so there would be one way to clear a spot at the end of spring. Teams don't have DLs yet. Those start later in spring, around the middle of the month.
Less so because of the reasons you mentioned.
(The bulldog is awake and he has some questions. Or needs to blow his nose, hard to tell.)
A draft pick. If he signs before the draft.
I'm not sure I understand the question still. Ichiro is an excellent player with some singular talents. He was gifted at getting hits and collecting hits and putting the ball in play and he had a rocket arm and he was fast, and he could cover ground and outrun throws and all of those things. I get the sense that this is sort of the Tim Raines/Tony Gwynn discussion, right? Just by pointing out how the new stats adore Raines and how often he got on base doesn't mean that you think less of Gwynn. They belonged in the Hall for different skills, and pointing out all the ways one player got on base and thrilled the new metrics doesn't undermine the other player, it just celebrates the player overlooked. Ichiro is a great player.
Bingo. And it will be fantastic. He visits there in the offseason and is one of the biggest fans of the history of the game. His speech will be epic.
Why? That's one of the pitchers that Milwaukee has tried to land.
No. Mostly because newspapers have spellcheck.
He could start by showing up on time to team meetings/report times. That would be a start. That was one of the things that the Cardinals told him to work on, because even his teammates took not of this and mentioned it to him. That and throwing strikes.
The Cardinals talked to him about a two-year deal. He said he wouldn't sell himself "short."
He probably likes the security and salary and responsibility he got from the Cardinals. He seems pleased.
I would like to have my opinion heard on that matter.
Fair to point that out. Well done.
This was already in play for Wainwright last year before Maddux's arrival. It's nothing that I personally have asked him about since camp started, but it could be a topic as we go here. That is the kind of thing that the Cardinals want to put in play and you can tell by the amount of data these pitchers are seeing and the words that they're using how much info they're being provided with and how it's shaping their work and how much thye buy into during that work.