Cubs Ian Happ on failed international draft, qualifying offer talks: ‘It’s unfortunate’

During collective bargaining talks last winter, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association left a pair of related issues unresolved. He set a July 25 deadline to end further negotiations on implementing an international draft, which he linked to the removal of the qualifying offer system.

That deadline passed Monday, and the players’ union rejected MLB’s “final” proposal, saying in a statement that the owners’ reaction to its offers was “inconsistent with any consideration of a fair contract for the players.” is less than the thing.”

“It’s unfortunate,” the outfielder saidIan Happ, the Cubs’ player representative. “Unfortunate for both parts of it — unfortunate for the international side and the qualifying offer. This, if we could get it done, was going to win. Tough times with the All-Star Game and the draft. Both sides spread pretty thin on it.”

An international draft would ideally remove corruption and exploitation in the current system. Whether that’s the best way to do it and what other steps MLB needs to take is debated, tapping into a complex problem with so many potential unintended consequences.

“I think, more than anything else, the entry path for international amateurs is not as secure as it should be,” Heap said. “And we as a group, not only [union] But [MLB]needs to do a better job. [figuring] How to make sure that those kids are safe, that they’re being taken care of, that they’re being given every opportunity to come here and play baseball. And make sure we continue to have the best talent to go into the system and do it right.”

Potential injury update

Left handed possibilityBraylin MarquezHe had debridement surgery on his pitching shoulder on June 17, the Cubs revealed. Vice President of Player Development, he will miss the remainder of the season.Jared Bannersaid.

Top prospectBrennan Davis, who had back surgery earlier last month, is progressing well in Arizona, and Banner expects Davis to return to action in the next two to three weeks. It’s unclear when Davis will rejoin Triple-A Iowa.

On the form

The Cubs have made several notable improvements to their farm system recently.

He designated first baseman.Matt Muroswho began the season with High-A South Bend from Double-A Tennessee to Iowa.

“He’s had a really special season,” Banner said, “just making the adjustment from one level to the next as smoothly as he did last year after struggling a little bit.”

The Cubs also promoted pitchers.Jordan WicksAndDJ HerzTennessee a week and a half ago.

“Wicks’ season is a little underrated, in my opinion,” Banner said, “the way he controlled the zone, threw a ton of strikes, missed a lot of at-bats. “

As for Herz, Benner said: “He’s been dominant for a long time now, striking out a lot of hitters, and we felt we needed to challenge him a little bit. “He needed to see a different level of competition to make some of the changes that he will have to make to eventually make it here in the big leagues.”

Going live.

Experienced left-handerWade Miley(strained left shoulder) threw 28 pitches in a straight batting practice session. Short stopAnderleton Simmons(Right shoulder strain) hit against Miley.

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