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The big news from yesterday was Yovani Gallardo finally signing a deal with the Orioles, although it was re-structured from the original reported deal of three-years, $35 million.
Jose Bautista wants Barry Bonds money, and he appears to be serious about it.
Our own Mike Bates says it's time to clean up the international free agent market.
It's clear, though, that there must be some kind of regulation introduced to reduce the influence of criminals who would threaten players, agents, their families, and each other with harm. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that an auction scenario makes the most sense for international players. One team puts a player forward and there's a sealed bidding process (or an active one; that might be fun), where the team who wants a player the most gets that player (or the player gets to choose from the bids, if he has a preferred organization), and the player in question gets something approaching his free market value. It would encourage teams to do their own digging into players, and to get them through the process faster, before other clubs have a chance to get in on the ground floor on great players and so that they aren't as reliant onbuscones and human traffickers. It would also create another inefficiency for smart low-revenue teams to try to exploit in their quest to unseat the high-revenue clubs.
Jeff Sullivan wants to talk about something too: the Orioles and their physicals.
Is there a scenario where the Padres, yes the Padres, make the playoffs in 2016? Henry Druschel attempted to envision that scenario.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1981, the MLBPA votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the free-agent compensation issue remains unresolved.