Union files grievance against 4 teams, including Pirates

In this June 9, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, talks with Pirates owner Bob Nutting chat. (AP photo)

BRANDETON, Fla. -- The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

The union says the grievance was filed Friday. Major League Baseball says the complaint has "no merit."

Pirates President Frank Coonelly called the grievance "patently baseless." The A's, Marlins and Rays did not immediately comment.

The grievance was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

If the case is not settled, it would proceed to a hearing before an independent arbitrator. Baseball's labor agreement says each club must use its revenue-sharing money "in an effort to improve its performance on the field."

Full statement from Coonelly below;

“The MLBPA’s grievance against the Pirates is patently baseless. We look forward to demonstrating as much to the Arbitrator if the MLBPA continues to pursue this meritless claim. As indicated when the MLBPA first expressed its “concern” in a press release, the Pirates have always invested its revenue sharing receipts in a manner entirely consistent with the Basic Agreement.
"As previously indicated, our revenue sharing receipts have decreased for seven consecutive seasons while our Major League payroll has more than doubled over this same period. Our revenue sharing receipts are now just a fraction of what we spend on Major League payroll. We also have made significant investments in scouting, signing amateur players, our player development system and our baseball facilities.
"It is regrettable and that the MLBPA would react to a free agent market that is apparently not to its liking by filing a frivolous grievance against a Club that has continued to invest heavily in all areas of its Baseball Operations notwithstanding steadily diminishing revenue sharing receipts.”
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