Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports posted an article last night about the MLB Players Association looking into the revenue sharing spending from the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Passan, the MLBPA was considering whether or not to file grievances against the two teams.
Pirates President Frank Coonelly responded to the article this evening, saying that the Pirates are not be investigated by MLB and the Commissioner has no concerns over how the Pirates are spending their revenue sharing money. He notes that the Pirates are required to detail each year how they spend revenue sharing money. The full response from Coonelly can be read below. Click on picture to enlarge.
MLB had their own statement in regards to the report:
“We do not have concerns about the Pirates’ and Marlins’ compliance with the Basic Agreement provisions regarding the use of revenue sharing proceeds. The Pirates have steadily increased their payroll over the years while at the same time decreasing their revenue sharing. The Marlins’ ownership purchased a team that incurred substantial financial losses the prior two seasons, and even with revenue sharing and significant expense reduction, the team is projected to lose money in 2018. The Union has not informed us that it intends to file a grievance against either team.”