Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

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Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement:

What am I referring to? The decision to increase the percentage of players who are classified as “Super Two’s” in baseball’s arbitration system … were almost always safe in past years waiting until late-May or early-June before promoting top prospects. Now, though, that cut-off date will be pushed ahead, perhaps several weeks. Which means GMs are probably going to have to wait until early-to-late June if they want to ensure their top prospects don’t qualify as Super Twos.

I suppose everyone will live Harper makes the bigs in June instead of May. Somehow.

 

Report: Red Sox expected to announce J.D. Martinez signing on Monday

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Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.

Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.