Free Agency: How Does It Work?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Expert Author Bob Kooyenga
Free Agency is very simple. To be eligible, a player must have at least 6 years in the league and not have a contract with any team for the following season. A player is allowed to file for free agency the first day after the World Series ends and must do so within 15 days of the end of the World Series. The players former team has exclusive negotiating rights with that player for that 15 day period no matter when they file. Once a player files for free agency and the 15 day exclusive negotiating period is over, any team may jump in and negotiate with that player. The player may sign with any team that he desires no matter how large or small the contract offer is. But if the player is one of the tops in the league, they are likely get get a huge payday. For example: as of today, 12/9/10, Carl Crawford has just signed a 7 year deal with the Red Sox as a Free Agent for 142 million dollars.
Free Agents are classified as Type A or Type B and not every player is rated. Players are rated based on how good of a player they are. Type A are the top 20% of players in the league and Type B are the second 20%. When a Type A player is signed by a new team, the former team is compensated with the first or second round draft pick from the team that signed that player, depending on the former teams record, plus a supplement draft pick between the first and second round. When Type B player is signed by a new team, the former team is compensated with a supplement draft pick between the first and second round.
If a Type A or Type B player is offered salary arbitration by their team and the player declines arbitration they then become a free agent and the former team receives the same compensation if they player signs with a new team. But if they team does not offer the player arbitration, then when that player signs with a new team, the former team receives no compensation for that player.
Free Agency is not a complicated process. The former team has the first chance to sign the player, but the player may want to test the market. There are no limits on how much money a player may earn on his free agent contract. And he may sign with any team that he desires, usually based on how much money the teams are offering. If a player has a strong tie with his former team, that team usually has the upper hand in re-signing that player.
There are many people who will argue that Free Agency has ruined baseball. They argue that players who are becoming free agents will listen to all the offers for their services and ultimately sign with the team who has offered them the most money. Greed is to blame for all of baseballs problems seemingly. Players who are drafted and developed by a team and become a highly sought after player will most likely go ahead and sign with a different team, usually leaving a team in a smaller market such as Kansas City or Tampa Bay to go to a larger market team like New York or Boston. This makes it fairly difficult to keep some of the top end players that are drafted by an organization. Some truth is involved in this argument but there are other factors involved. Plenty of players have taken pay cuts to stay with the team that they have played with for many years or have won championships with. In 2006, Paul Konerko turned down a larger offer by the Angels to stay with the White Sox. It is not just about making money for everyone.
Just for a minute, lets look at another sport, Hockey. Free agency is part of the game of hockey as well, yet you do not see this mass exodus from small market teams to large market teams, nor do you see contracts in the range of 20 million dollars a year. So how is it that free agency has not ruined hockey as well as baseball? The thing that hockey did that baseball has not done is institute a salary cap. The cap for the 2010-2011 season in the NHL is $59.4 million. That means that each team can only spend as much as that throughout the season for on ice talent. Now lets compare this to Major League Baseball. There are only 5 teams in all of baseball whose payrolls fall below the $59.4 million of the NHL and there are 8 teams over the $100 million mark and one team over the $200 million dollar mark. Baseball needs to institute some sort of Salary Cap, just like the NHL did, to combat the increasing values of free agents or the price of these players is only going to continue to rise out of control and small market teams are not going to be able to retain any of these players.
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An Overview on RIM's Impending Model - BlackBerry Torch 2

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

This is the age of cellular communication where thousands of new mobile phones are released every year. Ever since the use of cell phones rose in the last few years, their cost is also lowered considerably thereby making them obtainable for common people. Most of the new mobile phones in today's market are actually low-priced, effortless to utilize, comfy and built with virtually each newest feature we want. The interested people especially the young generation is extremely inclined to the latest mobile phone models as well as the options provided in new mobile phones. Every day brand new models of cell phones are available replacing the older versions to lure the buyers. Among them, is the new BlackBerry Torch 2 model that is approaching the mobile phone market in order to cover up the downsides of BlackBerry Torch which even was released not long ago.

RIM (Research In Motion) has introduced their latest handset successor to BlackBerry Torch, named BlackBerry Torch 2. The handset has similar looks of that of BlackBerry, except for the dull silver finish. Though the release date of this brand new model is not exclusively announced, we can expect it to be coming in 3rd quarter of 2011. It runs on BlackBerry operating system v6.1. This BlackBerry Torch 2 models have a 3.2 inches TFT capacitive touch screen and a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with features like QWERTY keypad, optical track pad, multi touch input method and proximity sensor for auto turn off. BlackBerry has got 1.2GHz processor that beats much faster and 512MB RAM. The processor is well known for its great multi tasking and fast processing capability. The model also supports video recording, geo-tagging and comes with selection of various photo scene modes.
Other features include GPRS / EDGE facilities, MP3/ MP4 Players with 3.5 mm Audio jack, Internal 8 GB Storage and 512 Mb RAM, Micro SD Card Up to 32 GB for data Storage, 1300 mAh battery, Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps, BlackBerry maps, document editor and more. Another feature that is included in BlackBerry is Near Field Communication (NFC) and Universal Search. Though this NFC is a new technology, it is definitely the future of mobile banking. The handset also has new social feeds that bring a whole new social networking experience to mobile. It also features a 5MP camera with LED flashlight. BlackBerry Torch 2 has 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.0 which also comes with BBM services that enables a user to stay in touch with friends and family.
BlackBerry Torch 2 is RIM's upcoming model that is expected to gain a good popularity among today's mobile users. The author has a wide knowledge on new mobile phones and has written several articles on Blackberry Torch 2.


Zulhijjah in History

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Zulhijjah in History
Many events that took place in Muharram has been immortalized by the pen of history ages, the event was:
1. Muhammad s.a.w. Khadijah trade led to the state Syam. There he was told about his prophethood by ecclesiastic Nasthurah. It happened in the fifth before his appointment as a prophet.
2. Al-'Aqabah Bai'ah events (Al-'Aqabah covenant) in the year 13 after his appointment as a prophet. It is accompanied by 73 men and two women from the tribe of Aus and Khazraj.
3. As the war-Sawiq in year 2 AH, the Prophet followed out the Abu Syaban the edge of aggression and war against the people of Medina. During the escape they threw sacks of grain to be taken to expedite the journey can not be followed by him.
4. On 7 Muharram AH-5 years to a group of Muslim soldiers sent to the village of Bani Sulaim led by Ibn Abi Al-Arjak.
5. Birth of Abraham, son of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. AH eighth year, his mother called Mariyah Al-Qibtiyah.
6. In year 10 AH, the Prophet s.a.w. perform the pilgrimage known as the Hajjatul Wada '. There he delivered his message to all of the messages is the regulation and orderly life in Islam.
7. Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, perform the hajj with Muslims after the death of the Prophet's in the year 12 AH.
8. Dathin war led by Al-Bahiliy Umamah against the Roman army, ended with the victory of Islamic forces.
9. Victory of the Muslim army led by Yazid ibn Abi Syaban against the Roman army headed by Sarjius Wadi Arabah in the battle in Palestine.
10. In the year 23 AH, Amir Al-Faithful Umar bin Al-Khattab died Lu'luah killed by Abu Al-Zoroastrianism.
11. Appointment as caliph Uthman selected unanimously by a Shura council established by Umar bin Al-Khattab, before his death.
12. Appointment of Ali bin Abi Talib as the caliph Uthman replaced in 35 AH.