Responding to concerns on the part of the Major League Baseball Players Association about the spending patterns of the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, Major League Baseball released a statement Friday expressing confidence in both clubs' compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement's revenue sharing provisions. Both the Pirates and Marlins have made blockbuster trades involving star talent this offseason, with Miami moving Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich, and the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the union has been discussing whether to file grievances against the clubs for circumventing rules in the CBA that call for teams on the receiving end of revenue-sharing dollars to put that money back into baseball operations. "We do not have concerns about the Pirates' and Marlins' compliance with the Basic Agreement provisions regarding the use of revenue sharing proceeds," the MLB statement read. "The Pirates have steadily increased their payroll over the years while at the same time decreasing their revenue sharing. The Marlins' ownership purchased a team that incurred substantial financial losses the prior two seasons, and even with revenue sharing and significant expense reduction, the team is projected to lose money in 2018. The union has not informed us that it intends to file a grievance against either team." The Pirates also released a statement from president Frank Coonelly on the matter Friday.
MLB: No concerns with Pirates, Marlins revenue-sharing compliance
MLB.com | Jan 27