Baseball Deal Includes HGH Testing, $480,000 Minimum

Washington Post Sports
November 19, 2011

The baseball players and owners have reached an agreement, and the lawyers are working on a memorandum of understanding to modify the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. An anonymous person disclosed some of the agreed-upon provisions which include the following: rise in the minimum salary to $480,000, blood testing for human growth hormone, and luxury taxes on amateur draft signings and international free agents coming to the major leagues.

Besides the provision requiring players to undergo drug testing, slightly more players will be eligible for salary arbitration after the 2012 season. Specifically, “After the 2012 season, about five to six additional major leaguers will become eligible for salary arbitration each year. The group of players with at least two but less than three years of major league service lost the right to arbitration in the 1985 agreement, but players regained it for the top 17 percent of 2-3-year players by service time in the 1990 deal. That will rise to 22 percent following the 2012 season.”

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