Madison wrote:Anyway, it shouldn't be surprising that the Union is fine with this deal. Mondesi went on extended leave without permission and the Pirates voided his contract. He's free to sign with anyone for any amount of money. The Union really doesn't have much of a say in the matter.
OH, c'mon, Mad.
You can't say you're OK with this. If so, this means, say Arod wanted to leave the Yankees, he could leave the team. The Yankees get mad because they don't want to be paying him (nor do the Rangers), so they waive him. (Not that this would happen, but bear with me.) He could then sign anywhere he wants.
It gives players power to essentially handcuff their teams into waiving them, allowing them to renegotiate. You signed the contract, live with it. The union says a contract is a contract when people want to cut salary, how could they just stand by and let Mondesi do this?