When the clock ticks one minute past midnight, baseball’s free agent market bursts wide open. The league and the Players Association, though, will try to keep the door closed on rumors and speculation.
As outlined by Buster Olney over at ESPN: Major League Baseball and the Players Association are trying to cut down on the amount of negotiating that takes place through the media.
It’s hard to imagine how this could be enforced, and personally I can’t imagine how it would work. Writers have sources, and conversations lead to stories. That’s how these things leak.
Olney suggests it might be viewed as a kind of “honor code.” Both sides — players and executives — have something to gain by keeping things quiet, so both sides might agree to do their best to work silently.
Maybe it will change things for a day or two, but ultimately there are too many people involved, and some of those people are paid to ask questions and track down answers. We’ll know within the next few weeks whether these attempts are working.