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SportJeff Samardzija: ‘We’re going to have to get arbitration moved up a year earlier and get guys to free agency earlier.’

06:05  12 february  2019
06:05  12 february  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija: Most managers are just ‘puppets’

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija: Most managers are just ‘puppets’ The news of Bruce Bochy’s impending retirement is hitting folks hard in the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse. Pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who has been with the Giants since 2016, talked on Tuesday about Bochy’s plans to retire after the season. Samardzija expressed his fondness for Bochy and lamented that MLB will be left with nothing but “puppets” after Bochy retires. Samardzija on Bochy: “He’s just a dying breed. Unfortunately after this you’re going to have 30 puppets out there.” pic.twitter.com/hMoVynyusn — Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 19, 2019 In some ways, Samardzija is right.

Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (/səˈmɑːrdʒə/; born January 23, 1985), nicknamed The Shark, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Namely, Samardzija isn’t getting as much vertical movement on the slider and he was leaving it in the zone far too often. No matter where he ends up , Shark is going to earn a fair wage to throw a baseball over the next few years . He’s just going to have to take a haircut to do so.

Jeff Samardzija: ‘We’re going to have to get arbitration moved up a year earlier and get guys to free agency earlier.’© Stephen Lam/Getty Images

A handful of veteran players have spoken up this offseason, both directly and indirectly, about the state of free agency in recent years. We’ve heard from Peter Moylan (link), Collin McHugh (link), Justin Verlander (link), Dallas Keuchel (link), Jake Arrieta (link), Evan Longoria (link), and Buster Posey (link). You can add Giants starter Jeff Samardzija to the list.

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area spoke with Samardzija at Oracle Park on Friday morning about the state of free agency. Samardzija said, “We’re going to have to get arbitration moved up a year earlier and get guys to free agency earlier. It seems like there might only be one way to get that, but we’ll see. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that because we want to keep the fans happy. We want people coming to the stadium and watching a great product, but they need the best product available, and having 50 guys sitting at home that are big league players is not the best product.”

Trevor Bauer accuses Indians of 'character assassination' in arbitration hearing

Trevor Bauer accuses Indians of 'character assassination' in arbitration hearing Bauer was awarded a $13 million contract in the hearing, the second time he defeated Cleveland in the process, which proposed a $11 million salary. He believes that if not for sustaining a stress fracture in the right leg in August, he would have won the Cy Young and earned at least $16 million. “They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character-assassination," Bauer said. “I learned that giving to charity is a bad thing. I learned that agreeing with someone on a podcast just for the sake of argument that I was worth $10.5 million, and should be the definitive answer why I’m not worth $13 [million].

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija was all smiles before Thursday's series opener against the Pirates We have an extremely hot take to offer: One day, Mike Trout is going to be enshrined in the Hall "I think it just gets to having overlap," said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija walks around San Francisco and gets his share of hellos "I think the greatest compliment we can pay Jeff is, last year under some duress, when the season didn't go Jeff Samardzija . "When you' re tipping your pitches, it's hard to have tons of success," he said.

Samardzija continued, “You know, striking is the last thing you want to do, but you have to be willing to do it. But I think there are other things before then that can get the ball going the right way.”

The crux of the issue is that baseball players are severely underpaid for the first three years of their careers, then underpaid for the most part over the next three years before reaching free agency. Because all 30 teams are involved to some degree with analytics, they know that a player’s best years are typically behind him, or they may only have one or two more predictably good seasons by the time he reaches free agency (with a few exceptions) . As a result, players who thought they would finally be making money commensurate with the value they have provided are no longer finding those contracts. Hence why spring training has just begun and the likes of Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Jones, and Marwin Gonzalez have not yet been signed.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman with a big tease at spring camp: 'We're never a finished product'

Yankees GM Brian Cashman with a big tease at spring camp: 'We're never a finished product' With the team he put together scheduled to all be here in less than 48 hours, Brian Cashman admitted his job is not done. While the Yankees GM would not specifically discuss Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, the top two free agents still available on the market, he said that he is still “making calls and taking calls.” “I am doing my job. Whether that’s those two players or other players, or players that are of significant name value (we need) to constantly be open minded to ways to make this work,” Cashman said Saturday morning before workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Giants want to see Samardzija build up to five or six innings. "We do that so we don't have to worry about him going out there in the sixth or seventh inning when he "We have a lot of baseball left so we ' re trying to get this worked out and we'll get to the point where one guy gets most of the time

“I think for any player, you’ re going through free agency and you’d love to be with a new team when camp opens, be around Tags: Kyler Murray, Jeff Samardzija . Buster Posey on Giants potentially getting Bryce Harper: 'Sign him up '. We know we ’ re going to get to see a great game tonight.’”

Allowing players to reach arbitration eligibility a year sooner — and, ostensibly, free agency a year sooner — is a step in the right direction. It would not be a panacea. The competitive balance tax gives owners an excuse to implement roster austerity. The incentives for a team to fully commit to rebuilding (e.g. better draft picks) outweigh the drawbacks. The spoiling of free agency has caused young players to sign long-term contract extensions just for the financial security.

MLB has been setting revenue records year over year, including $10.3 billion in revenues in 2018. However, as Maury Brown of Forbes reports, players saw their second-lowest cut as a percentage of revenues since 2006. Per Brown’s numbers, the ’06-11 period ranged from 56 to 57.4 percent, then dipped to 53.8 percent in 2012. It ranged from 55.4 to 57.7 percent from 2013-17 before dropping to 54.8 percent last year. When we are talking about billions of dollars, a percentage point or two makes a huge difference.

Samardzija is right that players have to wield the threat of a strike to swing the balance of power back towards the middle or in their favor. The players’ leverage in collective bargaining is only as strong as their willingness to withhold their labor.

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