Will players balk at new rule?

Will players balk at new rule?
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am
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If you’re the kind of fan who yells “balk!” when a pitcher fakes a pickoff throw to third base and then throws to first, you should be feeling happy. Starting this season, that move reportedly will be a balk.

As reported by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Major League Baseball’s rules committee voted to change the rule last year but couldn’t get the players union to agree. This year, MLB can implement the change without the players association’s blessing, though Stark writes that MLB would like for the players to agree.

*MLBtraderumors.com breaks down Matt Wieters’ arbitration case and projects him at $4.6 million, which would be the most ever for a catcher in his first arbitration eligibility. The article argues that Wieters is an excellent position to receive a multiyear contract before arbitration like most of the catchers with comparable statistics, particularly his high number of plate appearances while playing catcher:

“Most of the catchers who had numbers like Wieters' before reaching arbitration received multiyear deals before they even became eligible. [Victor] Martinez in 2007, Brian McCann in 2009 and Kurt Suzuki in 2011 would have been reasonable comparables for Wieters [in arbitration], except that all three received multiyear deals a full year or more before reaching eligibility."