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The Daily Chop: A long cold winter for some free agents

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Colorado Rockies versus the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

If you are curious why the upcoming CBA negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Union are going to be contentious, you need look no further than the 2016 agreement for answers. That agreement ushered in the Competitive Balance Tax which has effectively served as a salary cap which has suppressed spending by several big-spending teams.

After operating two straight seasons over the tax, the Yankees are expected to drop below the tax level in 2021 and no other team appears to be in line to clear it. As ESPN’s Buster Olney writes, that is bad news for players who are free agents this winter. The big names such as George Springer, Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto are expected to still get their money but it is the middle class that has suffered. That is something that the Union is no doubt going to want to address during the next negotiations and it isn’t going to be something that owners are in a hurry to let go of.

Braves News

Braves’ rookie right-hander Ian Anderson was recently a guest on The Final Score podcast where he discussed his rookie season and a variety of other topics.

MLB News

The Reds have gone from loading up for the 2020 season to apparently retooling this offseason. Cincinnati is reportedly dangling both Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray in trade discussions this winter. The price is reportedly high for both pitchers but may signal that changes are coming.

Major League Baseball made all 30 managers available to the media this past week and FanGraphs’ David Laurila has some of the highlights in his Sunday Notes column.

The Yankees agreed to a Minor League contract with right-hander Adam Warren according to a report by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Warren is 33 years old and has spent part of seven seasons with the Yankees. He last appeared in the majors with the Padres in 2019 before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Former Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda’s health continues to improve and the hope is that he will be released from the hospital on Wednesday.