Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Alvarez updates

From Dejan yesterday:

The matter is seen by some as too complex for the one hearing scheduled for Wednesday in New York, and there already has been discussion that arbitrator Shyam Das will need more than one hearing in the grievance filed by the Major League Baseball Players Association against commissioner Bud Selig's office, alleging that extensions were granted by Selig for teams to negotiate deals -- including the Pirates and Alvarez -- past the Aug. 15 deadline.
Apparently tomorrow may not be D-Day after all.

Kevin Goldstein had a good write up of the potential outcomes of the case at BP over the weekend (subscription only). His best guess at this point is the same as mine- that the arbitrator will rule that the Commissioner's Office was wrong to extend the deadline, but that he has no jurisdiction over Alvarez and Hosmer because they're not MLBPA members.

On a semi-related note, Matt Wieters is Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year. Feel that? It's salt being rubbed into your Dave Littlefield wounds.