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The new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and minor league players has made it harder for veterans to find minor league deals due to limited roster spots.
As noted by Cooper, the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and minor league players gave the league the right to limit the total number of domestic minor league players to just 165 ahead of the 2024 season, with a limit of 175 players during the offseason.
Minor league deals have traditionally been considered low-risk signings, but many players have gone on to provide considerable value to their clubs.
While minor league deals are typically regarded as low-risk signings that are relatively unlikely to result in a given player making an impact at the big league level, one needn't look very hard to find examples of players heading to camp on minor league deals only to provide considerable value to that club throughout the year.
The Philadelphia Phillies are looking for another relief arm after losing veteran closer Craig Kimbrel in free agency.
The Phillies have long been known to be on the hunt for another relief arm after losing veteran closer Craig Kimbrel in free agency.