Expanded playoffs, lottery proposals for CBA negotiations – MLB Sports

Major League Baseball’s expanded playoffs proposal includes the ability of division winners to choose wildcard opponents as part of a new collective bargaining agreement between owners and players, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. increase.

This format requires 14 teams (7 teams from each league) to play off. This is four more teams than the team currently playing in the postseason. The winners of the three divisions in each league will be joined by four wildcard teams to form the playoff field. The mechanism is as follows.

• The team with the best record in each league says goodbye to the Best of Five Division Series.

• Winners of the remaining two divisions can choose a wildcard opponent from the bottom three wildcard teams. The winner of the division with the second best record chooses first, then the third seed of the league chooses an opponent from the last two wildcard teams. The wild card team with the highest record plays the wild card team that was not chosen by the winner of the division.

• When a match is set up, the team with the highest seed will host all three games at the best of the three wild card rounds.

• The winner of the Wild Card Round will advance to the Division Series and the playoffs will continue as before.

One concern about the proposed format is the top-seeded vacation while the Wild Card Round is in progress. Therefore, the team will host all three wild card games in a row.

According to sources, the proposal has different emotions. Players claim that the team may be discouraged from spending or pushing more wins, knowing that a postseason could be achieved with 80-83 wins, for example. I am. Less than.

The league believes that incentives for top seeds (such as goodbye and opponent choices) will keep the team aggressive in both winter and season. In addition, it opens the door for a perennial 75-win team to drive about 80 wins as it could create a postseason.

An informal poll of executives at the General Managers’ Meeting earlier this month revealed that they weren’t excited about the idea of ​​a television event where their opponents would be chosen on Sunday night before the playoffs began. It’s a second guess, and perhaps even ripe for bulletin board material.

Of course, expanding the playoffs will be a failure for owners in terms of TV and gate revenue, but it will also add more than 100 players to the post-season spotlight, where reputation will be refined. Players also earn playoff shares each time the team wins in October.

The playoff proposal was at the table for months while both sides negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement. Older ones will expire at midnight on December 1st.

A more recent addition to the negotiations is the NBA-style lottery system for drafts. The league believes to address player tanking concerns, at least in part. Currently, the team with the worst baseball record was ranked first in the amateur draft next summer. As agent Scott Boras mentioned earlier this month, it created “race to the bottom.”

The league offers a system where all teams except the playoffs have the chance to win the first pick, not just the one with the worst record. The worst team has higher odds than the second worst team. The same goes for the following, but in theory, teams other than the playoffs could end up in the top three.

The draw will only be for picks 1 to 3, and the draft will continue as before, based on regular season records. Playoff teams are selected according to how they finished in the postseason. The World Series winner will be the last to choose.

It is unclear which proposal will be implemented in the new CBA.

– MLB Sports

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