- Mar 28, 2020
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To consider the "problem".. first things first.. Is the problem real?.. Are the service clock rules a violation or obstacle to the intended result of these rules (preparing kids to play as ML'ers)?.. The answer is clearly.. no.. the problem is.. younger players don't get paid. So, the reason for the service time changes is predicated on getting younger players/prospects paid more sooner.. So, do that.. keep the rules the same/similar, or simplify them.. Take away the manipulation stuff.. make it a hard timeframe or age (22 to 24?) regardless of draft status, prep, college, IFA.. etc..I don't think anything will ever be retroactively to be honest. It will be from 22/23 on with the changes... Now the problem is how can you change it? The system has issues but in all honesty isn't all that badly flawed...
Otherwise MLB and the MLBPA will just be chasing their tail....