Posts by Ethan Hullihen

Dueling Proposals: Where Each Side Stands Mid-Lockout (Update)

Analysis
As promised, the league countered the player’s newest proposal on Tuesday with a mini-proposal of their own. With that in mind, I thought I would provide a very brief update on my prior summary, covering only aspects of the owner’s side that changed in their latest offer. Service Time Manipulation…

Dueling Proposals: Where Each Side Stands Mid-Lockout

Analysis
We are on day 55 of the Major League Baseball Lockout, and it seems proceedings are a tad bleak at the moment. Hopes aren’t high for the season to start on time, and at this point, we can’t be sure that isn’t by design. Owners intrinsically have more staying power…

Lockout: New Salary Structure Proposals Revealed

Analysis
As we’ve already established here, no new core economic talk between the players and owners will be happening until at least after the New Year. However, that doesn’t mean all news has come to a halt. The Associated Press had an update with quite a bit of new information regarding…

A Quick Lockout Update

Analysis
It seems we won’t be getting any major movement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, at least until after the New Year. Not that we should really treat that as breaking news. According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, there has been some interaction between the players and owners since…

How Do the Players Achieve Their Goals?

Analysis
This is the third of a three-part series in which the lockout is examined from all angles: how both sides got to this point, what the players hope to accomplish, and just how exactly can they accomplish it. Part One can be found here, while Part Two can be found…

What Exactly Do the Players Want?

Analysis
This is the second of a three-part series in which the lockout is examined from all angles: how both sides got to this point, what the players hope to accomplish, and just how exactly can they accomplish it. Part One can be found here. Today, we examine, in great detail,…

What Led to the Lockout – An Introduction

Analysis
This is the first of a three-part series in which the lockout is examined from all angles: how both sides got to this point, what the players hope to accomplish, and just how exactly can they accomplish it. Today, we look at why they’ve come to a lockout in the…

Where Does the Pirates Payroll Stand Going into the Lockout?

Analysis
When the clock struck midnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the lockout was officially upon us. That means no more transactions, rumors, or on-field baseball talk in the least. Conversations have moved to labor law and proposals. Now, while I personally find this thrilling—I am not joking—I know many don’t,…

Examining the Potential Triple-A Reserve List

Analysis
In an offseason as slow as Major League Baseball’s, there’s nothing like a transaction deadline. Friday was the most recent, as it was the date to file reserve lists with the Commissioner’s Office. In true Pittsburgh Pirates’ fashion, the team held off an announcement until almost a half hour after…

An Initial Look at the Offseason Domestic Reserve List

Analysis
The fifth day following the final day of the World Series is kind of the unofficial kickoff to the offseason. The free agency Quiet Period ends, meaning free agents are free to sign with new teams. Players on the 60-day IL—both major and minor league—must be activated, meaning spots often…