Maybe They Need a Summit?

David Pinto flags an interesting note from Craig Calcaterra, who flags an interesting WEEI.com story about the Sox' recent decisions about player contracts and pre-existing injuries.

To sum up: Henry’s bad experience with an insurance company has caused him to (1) take a hard line on pre-existing conditions; and (2) demand large deductibles. In light of this, it would seem that in the case of the Red Sox anything an insurance company could do would be redundant. … 

The Red Sox try to force the player to insure the contract. If they keep this up, I would think the union would come down on them, as player contracts are supposed to be guaranteed. The players, however, might benefit in the long run to insuring their own contracts through giving up money for pre-existing conditions. Any money a team pays to insure a contract is money the team doesn’t use to pay players. So the players could demand higher salaries in exchange for covering the cost of a pre-existing condition.

4 comments… add one

  • I assume Scott Boras will filibuster.

    SF February 26, 2010, 8:08 pm
  • if the sox are the only team doing this, then doesn’t this put them at a disadvantage in the market?

    Nick-YF March 2, 2010, 9:00 am
  • Any money a team pays to insure a contract is money the team doesn’t use to pay players.
    This is fantasy. The idea that a team will simply re-allot money not spent on insurance to a player pool is ludicrous. The only way this happens is if it is mandated in some sort of CBA. Without such requirements, Ownership will spend it on what they want to spend it, which could very easily be on themselves.

    SF March 2, 2010, 9:07 am
  • “This is fantasy.”
    That’s my take as well. I don’t think the union lets this go on much longer without a fight.

    Nick-YF March 2, 2010, 9:23 am

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