Major League Baseball and the Players Association have informed teams and agents that they will no longer approve personal-service deals and special “milestone” bonus clauses similar to those contained in Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Angels.
The contracts of Pujols and Zimmerman, as well as the milestone-bonus “marketing” package inAlex Rodriguez‘s 2007 contract with the Yankees, won’t be affected by the new rules, said Dan Halem, MLB’s senior vice president of labor relations. But no future contracts will be allowed that contain similar provisions, Halem said.
Michael Weiner, executive director of the players union, also confirmed the new rules, saying: “Both clauses raise questions under the Basic Agreement, and both parties felt they should not be a subject of individual negotiations.
I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this honestly. I mean, part of me believes that teams should be able to backload contracts with personal services clauses, but another part of me says it gives teams unfair advantages in regards to negotiations. To me, this is a little bit of a touchy subject because I have no problem with owners giving out huge contracts because it’s their money and they deserve to do with it what they want. I could see this kind of block by the major leagues to keep teams payrolls down, and salaries down.
What I think will end up happening is teams will figure out a way to do something “unofficially” or handshake agreements of promises post career- but it’ll be interesting to see how this is perceived by the public, the league, and the players themselves.