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José Iglesias signs with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that shortstop José Iglesias has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Orioles. the deal includes a 2021 club option that would make the deal worth $6 million over two years.

Iglesias spent last season with the Cincinnati Reds where he was, basically, José Iglesias. He, as usual, played solid-to-darn good defense while hitting .288/.318/.407, for an OPS+ of 85. His career OPS+ is 84. He had 11 homers, which was a career high, but lots of guys have had career highs in the oh-so-juiced ball era of the past couple of years.

All that being said: pretty good pickup for the Orioles. They’re not going to be good, but when you’re rebuilding and running young pitchers out there, one of the more demoralizing things that can happen is when they make a great pitch only to have some defender up the middle not make a play a defender up the middle is supposed to make. Iglesias will make those plays and a good deal more, and that’s not nothin’ for a team like the Orioles.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.