Daily Duce: MLBPA rejects expanded post-season, Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks rumours, and more!


We’re under one year away from the expiration of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement which means 2021 will be loaded with all kinds of back-and-forth between the league and the Players’ Association over various labour-related topics.
A couple of key things, the universal designated hitter and an expanded post-season, were rejected by the MLBPA as modifications ahead of the 2021 season…

MLB memo says union rejects deal for DH and expanded playoffs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2021

The COVID-shortened 2020 season featured both of these things as “trials”, so it seemed pretty inevitable that MLB would try to make them both long-term changes. But, unsurprisingly, the players aren’t using an expanded post-season, which is an interesting negotiation chip for them, just yet.
This is essentially MLB offering to give the players a universal designated hitter, which is advantageous to them in that it results in ~15 extra late-career jobs in the National League for guys who can’t hack it in the field, in exchange for a massive revenue increase for the league by having more playoff games.
I would bet that we see the MLB and the PA agree to these things before the 2021 starts but the players will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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