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Danny Lockhart drilled three hits (two singles and a double) and drove-in a run, Mark Zagunis doubled and tripled and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario and Wladimir Galindo clubbed solo home runs, in a 5-1/2 inning AZ Instructional League intrasquad "sim" game played this afternoon on Field #5 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.


With Field Coordinator Tim Cossins and Infield Coach Jose Flores taking turns feeding him balls from behind a screen set-up in front of the pitcher's mound, "Iron Mike" threw a complete game for both squads. Mike is a relentless machine who throws at a constant speed and almost always throws strikes, so there were no walks or strikeouts, and no pitching changes to slow down the game. Just crisp, fast-paced, mechanical baseball.    

The defense was shaky for both squads (seven errors combined), but there was one stand-out defensive play, a diving double-saving stop by 17-year old Venezuelan third-baseman Wladimir Galindo, who then quickly got to his feet and threw-out the baserunner. (OK, the base-runner was slow-footed Mark Malave, but it was a nice play). Galindo is a load. He's built like a power forward. 

While the sim game was in progress on Field #5, the AFL prep group took BP and worked out on Field #4 in preparation for the start of the Arizona Fall League season next Tuesday. Addison Russell, Dan Vogelbach, Jake Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher were joined by 3B Christian Villanueva, who will be leaving for Mexico this weekend to play winter ball for Los Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), which begins play in about ten days.  

Here is the box score from the game:  

SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (F-8, E-7, 4-3)
2. Mark Zagunis, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, F-9, 3B, R)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (1B, HR, F-8, R, RBI)
4. Kyle Schwarber, DH-1B: 0-2 (F-9 SF, P-4, 4-3, RBI)
5. Chesny Young, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, L-7, F-8) 
6. Mark Malave, 1B-C: 1-3 (1B, P-4, 5-3, R) 
7. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-2 (1B, F-8, R)
8. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 1-2 (1B, E-4) 
9. Ho-Young Son, SS-DH: 0-2 (1-U DP, F-9) 
10. Frandy de la Rosa, DH-SS: 1-2 (1B+E9, L-7, R, 2 RBI) 
11. Charlie White, LF: 1-2 (2B, F-8, R) 


SQUAD "B" LINEUP: 
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-3 (F-8, F-8, 1B, R, RBI)
2. Danny Lockhart, DH #1: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 1B, RBI)
3. Gioskar Amaya, C-1B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9, F-9 SF, RBI)
4. Billy McKinney, DH #2: 0-3 (F-7, L-7, 4-3) 
5. Jordan Hankins, 1B-C: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, L-4) 
6. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, E-9) 
7. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-2 (L-8, F-8) 
8. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-2 (HR, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Jason Vosler, SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R) 
10. Andrew Ely, 2B: 0-2 (F-9, E-6, R) 

SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3 
1. RF Kevin Encarnacion - E-9 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Frandy de la Rosa - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 1B Kyle Schwarber - E-3 (throwing error at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 4 
1. RF Eloy Jimenez - E-9 (three-base fielding error on line-drive single allowed batter to circle bases & score)  
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (dropped pop fly in foul territory)
3. LF Kevonte Mitchell - E-7 (dropped pop fly in shallow LF allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely & run to score) 
4. 2B Andrew Ely - E-4 (dropped pop fly in shallow RF allowing batter reach base safely) 

ATTENDANCE: 4

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

AZ Phil: although Billy McKinney and Kyle Schwarber (Sac Fly is a good thing) didn't get hits, can you comment on what you see when watching them and maybe some updated projections on them. Also, would love to hear what you think of Chesny Young. Thanks.

CUBSTER: Billy McKinney has that sweet lefty swing you see every now & then. It can't be taught. He hit a HR over the RF fence in a sim game last week, and he shows that same power in BP, but he didn't show it in games at Daytona. He doesn't appear to have the arm to stay in RF and I doubt that he will have the range to play CF, either, but he's more than a 4th OF. He can flat-out hit.  

Kyle Schwarber hit a 450-ft HR over the CF Batter's Eye in the sim game last week. He's just an outright masher. I've watched his reps at catcher (which they do a lot in the morning) over the past ten days, going through all the evolutions (catching pop flies, blocking pitches in the dirt, framing pitrches, selling pitches, making throws to 2nd base and 3rd base), and he can definitely handle the load. He's a legitimate catcher. 

Chesny Young is a line-drive gap hitter with a short, compact stroke, he runs OK but he's not fast, he has zero versatility, and he looks kind of stiff at 2nd base, although he usually makes routine plays. But he's no magician at 2nd base. He reminds me a lot of D. J. LeMahieu... lean & rangy and without HR power. 

 

that sweet lefty swing you see every now & then. --- The only time I've heard the word "sweet" and lefty mentioned together regarding a Cub: Billy Williams. That's a pretty lofty comparison if I'm reading you correctly. Maybe it's just a comp for their OF skills (which sounds like a reasonable comp as far as your take on his OF skills).

Billy McKinney has the type of swing you see from really good lefty hitters like Bill Buckner, Al Oliver, or George Brett. Of course McKinney just turned 20 last month, so we'll have to wait a few years to find out if he can develop HR power and/or win a big league batting championship. Whatever happens, he will only go as far as his bat can take him. because his defense-arm-speed are just OK-passable-average. 

Hold the Mayo...JM writes about CJ Edwards http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/97059076/t...

Brandon Moss hits 2-run HR off Shields in first.

Take that A's collapse narrative.

Heh, 3-2 Royals at the moment

Collapse narrative is back on

wow...this KC crowd. they know how to get loud when good things are happening.

helluva game

Yost goes to Ventura in 6th inning instead of Herrera, Davis or Holland because, well no one but Yost knows. Moss hits second HR of game. 

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/5...

Royals with a  tease rally though. 7-6 headed into the 9th. 

...and tied in the 9th. awesome game.

OAK takes a 1 run lead in the top 12th...KC ties it in the bottom 12th. this is one of those "why i watch baseball" games. -edit- KC WINS! BOTTOM 12! wow.

old school baseball wet dream

sac bunts and stolen bases everywhere...(7 SB total off Soto and Norris and their pitchers)

I don't know about "old school." Nothing wrong with youth and speed. Don't overlook that steals were involved in all three late-inning, come-from-behind rallies by the team that beat the moneyballers.

The Royals use the same types of advanced metrics that the A's use. The moneyball vs. non-moneyball distinction is moot these days. And no one ever says that sac bunts and stolen bases can't help a team win a game. Those moves have proven pivotal in many games over the history of baseball. But those moves backfire or hurt the team far more often than they help teams win, and studies have demonstrated that there are only specific situations where those types of moves make sense. People win at slot machines, right? But you wouldn't tell your friends to start investing all of their money in them because you know that for most people they don't help and in the long term the house always wins.

When Geo Soto is your opponent's best defensive catcher, the "specific situations" where steals make sense expand to include "when runners are on base."

Interestingly, this year he gave up 13 stolen bases but caught 10, for a 43% CS rate. And only one of the stolen bases last night was off Soto, the other six were off Derek Norris--his CS% is only 17%, or 10% below league average. So the smart move was actually to wait until Soto was out of the game, then run like crazy. And Soto actually got credited with a CS on the stupid double steal attempt when the runner was thrown out at home, which was "small ball" at its worst.

There are situations where you need one run to stay in the game, like the ninth inning of the Royals-A's game. I guess there are statistics for overall run production of running teams versus standard (power-oriented) teams. But we need statistics that answer the right question. The Royals got a soft leadoff single from Willingham, and then they needed a way to score that run without any subsequent walks or hits, if necessary, knowing that Lester and Gregerson weren't likely to help them. So they pinch-ran Dyson, and commenced to bunt and steal. Slot machines don't really capture the issue. Every pull is the same. There are no holders and closers and late-inning defensive subs. A pull is never do-or-die.

They have plenty of statistics about every specific situation there is and what the probabilities and run/win expectancies are--its not just overall types of teams vs. types of teams. Think about slot machines with different odds, some pay out better than others (the ones by the door are usually looser to draw in customers) and perhaps in baseball there are even a few with odds in favor of the gambler not the house. In fact, I even said above: "and studies have demonstrated that there are only specific situations where those types of moves make sense." I don't know the statistics for that situation, and so those moves might have been just fine in the Royals game, but the point is that in many cases having a runner on first with 0 outs is actually MORE likely to lead to a run than having a runner on second with one out after a sacrifice bunt (not to mention the chance that the bunt could fail and the lead runner is thrown out, netting you nothing). And of course stealing a base is always good, because you move up a base and increase your chances of scoring without giving up anything (like in a bunt), but losing an out AND the runner if he is thrown out is typically a LOT worse for your chances to score than you gain by moving up, so you better make sure you are successful. When you need one run to tie or win and you bunt and steal successfully, it is great; but when you need just one run to win or tie and you finally get a base runner only to see him get thrown out trying to steal; it sucks. Everyone knows that, and in the past, some managers were aggressive and some were conservative. Now with statistics we can attempt to remove the influence of their personalities a bit and get good advice on which situations it makes more or less sense to try those moves. That's all.

It never bothers me when a guy gets thrown out stealing. Most baserunners don't score anyway. It helps to be a little proactive. In this instance--and statistics tend to fail in individual instances, which are frequently not typical--Dyson was NOT going to be thrown out at second; nor would they have wasted an out bunting if they didn't plan on having him steal third. The play at third was close, but not that close, and you have to be a little proactive! I don't want to overthink, but by bunting they may have lulled the defense into thinking they weren't planning to steal. But no, they had to get Dyson to third so he could score when Aoki, a very good contact hitter, put the ball in play. You're saying that in the ninth inning against Lester and Gregerson, they should have counted on a double, or two more singles, or a walk and a single. Was that really more likely than that Dyson would steal a base safely and come home when Aoki put the bat on the ball?

I wasn't watching the game you're referring to and so can't speak to the individual instance but... that comment about caught stealing and the other one about statistics and individual instances are both conversation stoppers anyway.

As I said, I don't know the data on that specific instance, so you can stop asking me about it. As I said above, it may have been the correct move. But your line that "statistics tend to fail in individual instances" demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of statistics. They MAY fail in individual instances, but the TEND to succeed--that's what makes them statistics. We can look at situation X and the statistics for all past situations X (what tends to happen) and figure out what will be likely to happen in this situation X. Will this one for sure play out the same way? No, of course not. But I'll take the guy who plays the percentages any day of the week over the guy who takes his "gut".

The question is whether there are "statistics for all past situations X," which, to my mind, would have to include Dyson (or a very close facsimile) on first and Aoki--a high-percentage contact hitter including against lefties--scheduled to bat with one out and a man (a very fast man) on third. You might also want to factor in whether the late-inning, high-stakes situation might make it more or less difficult than usual to steal a run. Careful not to over-deduce from the statistics that happen to be at hand.

Yeah, they do have stats that capture most of that. And the key is to use statistics to help you make the best decisions with your personnel. You don't make every decision like a robot. But you can't think every situation is unique either and ignore stats. Thinking: "well, all of these stats are great, but I have Dyson and there are no stats on Dyson and they don't know Dyson like I do and he will steal this base, so screw the stats" will get you into trouble.

that you Tom Boswell?

 ·  11h 11 hours ago

Moneyball says stolen bases, sacrifices, small ball are a fallacy for fools. How's that workin' out?

The book is slightly dated now and some of the statistical calculations have evolved since then, but I really enjoyed: "Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong" And my favorite chapter was "What if Rickey Henderson had Pete Incaviglia's Legs?" The upshot from the last paragraph: "If Henderson hadn't stolen a single base in 1982, the A's would have lost about 2 runs on the season, or about one-fifth of a game. If he'd been only as good as Incaviglia on the basepaths over his career, he would have contributed about 5 fewer wins in 25 seasons. Henderson was fun to watch, and his excellent on-base skills rank him among the best players of all time. But the first rule of baserunning is 'don't get caught,' advice Henderson disobeyed more than 700 times. Taking the extra base is good, but getting on base, not getting thrown out, and eventually scoring is better."

I don't have your encyclopedic knowledge, and i've never really given any of this much thought, but I do notice myself cringing every time I see a Cubby try to steal a base. Now, this may partly be my natural "oh, God, here we go, more Cubbery" instinct taking hold, but I'm not sure Billy Hamilton, currently at least, is a big help with his ratio. Smart baserunning probably wins more games than stolen bases, but that's all hunch on my part. And, honestly, I do love me a good stolen base.

Stolen bases are awesome to watch, one of the most exciting plays in baseball, just a poor long-term strategy if you don't have the right personnel. But TheJedi get it, they did have Dave Roberts on their team in 2004 and Ellsbury for many years, 2 of the best and most effective basestealers of recent years(and Cherington got Victrorino for their run last year). It's a good asset to have on your team, just not the foundation.

Crunch holds up Billy Hamilton doll

"In the days to come, some people will no doubt try to use this as a referendum on the A’s versus the Royals and on Moneyball versus old-school thinking, as if a game this wild, this tight, this utterly drop-dead gorgeous could serve as a standard-bearer for either school of thought. This game didn’t vindicate Billy Beane or Dayton Moore. This game vindicated baseball."

http://grantland.com/features/2014-mlb-playof...

Missed it by that Much!

http://instagram.com/p/tmPFttSwEZ/

ex-Cub factor too strong for A's (Fuld, Donaldson, Soto, Hammel, Samardzija)

Yeah, Royals only have Omar Infante, who was a Cub for three weeks in the 2007 off season. Casey Coleman is on their 40-man, but not active. I think that's it. I might be missing people, and the post-season rosters are not yet set, but: The Angels have Tony Campagna. Josh Hamilton was owned by the Cubs for a minute. Rich Hill and Ian Stewart played for them this season but Hill was released and Stewart optioned. The Tigers have Al Alburquerque who was a Cubs' farmhand (traded to acquire Jeff Baker), but that might be it. The Orioles have two: Ryan Flaherty and Steve Clevenger, so I would consider them a good candidate to choke and get ousted early. In the NL, I think the Giants are ex-Cub free. Angel Pagan is on the DL and Tyler Colvin was optioned in July. Do the Pirates have anyone else besides Josh Harrison? I think he might be it. The Nationals have Nate Schierholt and Jerry Blevins. I don't see any ex-Cubs who have played at all for the Cardinals this year. The Dodgers have Darwin Barney, and Paul Maholm is on the 60-day DL. Again, I might be missing people, but based on that quick look at the ex-Cub factor, I would predict the Royals beat the Angels because of Campagna's bad juju and the Tigers beat the Orioles with the 1 to 2 factor in their favor. It's then a tough call with the Tigers and Royals. Albuquerque was in the Cubs organization longer, but in the low minors and was he ever even on the 40-man? Infante was a Cub for only a few weeks, but on the big-league roster. But neither played in the majors. In the NL, the Giants should beat Harrison's Pirates tonight, then also beat the Nationals. Barney's juju leads to the downfall of the Dodgers. Then the Cardinals-Giants? The taint of Pagan and Colvin is probably still there in traces, and so the Cardinals win that one, but it will be a close series. Similarly, they should win the World Series over the Tigers or Royals

Adam Dunn, not WS MVP. Even better, he was a no-show in a 12 inning game. A's out. Shark sits out the All Star game and the playoff game. Hammel tosses the losing pitch. Soto sprains his thumb and has to leave mid game but still partakes in the defense side of a base stealing record playoff game. Cardinals next on my kiss of death prediction list.

Wow, just wow. I may have to read the local news pubs out in the Bay Area just to see the reaction. Baseball is just so crazy - here you had Beane going off his recipe quite a ways to go in for the kill in the playoffs and it absolutely, almost literally, explodes in his face. It almost makes being a Cubs fan bearable. Kansas City v Pirates maybe? A true ratings blockbuster.

Top 20 NWL Prospects

http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/2014-le...

6. Jeffrey Baez, 9. Mark Zagunis, 14. Eric Leal, 18. Rashard Crawford and Trevor Clifton made the Just Missed list

is it national "Troll a Stats-Head" day or something? i've never seen so many 1000s-of-words articles written to combat a few simple non-thought-out "lol Moneyball didn't work again Oakland" statements in my life. all i've learned is... 1- royals are moneyball and here's why (front office, stats crew, etc) 2- royals aren't managed moneyball even though they're constructed moneyball and here's why (ned yost is an awful human being, etc) i think i've clicked on about a 1/2 dozen biblical epics explaining those 2 points today...and more are probably coming. i'm ready for this post-season to get deeper already.

23 Article XX-D minor league players have filed for free-agency since Monday. As far as the two Cubs Article XX-D players are concerned, Eli Whiteside has filed, but Marcos Mateo has not. This might mean that Mateo has agreed to a minor league successor contract with the Cubs for 2015.

An Article XX-D player is any player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career,  who was outrighted to the minors after signing a 2014 major league contract, and who deferred the right to elect free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season.

Article XX-D players have until October 15th to file, but most file ASAP after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. Any unsigned minor league player who has spent all or part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league active list or DL will automatically be declared an MLB Rule 55 six-year minor league free-agent (6YFA) after the World Series, and most Article XX-D free-agents are also eligible to be a 6YFA, but electing to be a free-agent now rather than waiting gives an Article XX-D minor league FA a leg up on the hundreds of others who will be declared Rule 55 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.   

Here are the 23 Article XX-D minor league players who have filed for free-agency so far:


* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 10
David Carpenter (LAA)
* Dane de la Rosa (LAA)
* Ryan Feierabend (TEX)
* Jeremy Horst (SD)
Bobby Korecky (TOR)
Wilton Lopez (COL)
* Brad Mills (TOR)  
* Raul Valdes (TOR)
Kevin Whelan (DET)
Blake Wood (KC)

CATCHERS: 1
Eli Whiteside, C (CUBS)

INFIELDERS: 8
* Mike Carp, 1B (TEX)
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B (KC)
Jonathan Diaz, SS (TOR)
Brandon Hicks, 2B (SF)
# Elliot Johnson, 3B (CLE)
Andy Marte, 3B (AZ)
Chris Nelson, 3B (SD)
Josh Wilson, 2B (TEX)

OUTFIELDERS: 4
Corey Brown (BOS)
* Tyler Colvin (SF)  
Jeff Francouer (SD)
Cole Gillespie (TOR)

Most these players will sign a 2015 minor league contract and get an NRI to Spring Training, buit occasionally an Article XX-D player wil score a major league contract. RHRP Kevin Whelan (closer for AAA Toledo) would probably be the #1 Article XX-D FA so far.

 

great breakdown of the Royals SB fest last night

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-jarrod-dys...

it's getting really hard to watch c.hurdle try to walk. he's put off hip surgery long enough...get it done, dude.

look! Edison Volquez.

Mike Olt

about time.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA yessss. Yessssssssss! He doesn't even know where he is...

if postseason KC baseball is gonna be like this, they can go to game 7 of the WS for all i care.

Don't think you're allowed to do that...

2m2 minutes ago

Here's the Molina shove.

 

 
 

Think of the outcry if Puig had done the exact same thing.

at least the ump kept his head on. 1- the ump made contact first (though he was holding molina back) 2- it's the playoffs and no one wants to see a game possibly decided by the umps via player ejection 3- it worked out just fine once the dust cleared (at least for this game) molina may catch a fine...or not...but either way, the game got played as intended without umpire influence (even if a player may have earned that influence).

MORE LIKE WAINWRONG...HAHAHAHA...i wish he was a cub... 6 runs given up in 4.1ip

d.mattingly trying hard to get fired.

9th inning...dodgers down by 2...and most of the people are still at the park making noise. this is weird even if considered normal in the post-season.

if you're not watching this SF/WAS game then your life sucks...says the guy inside watching TV with his crossword-scratching wife on a saturday night. ...to the 16th 18th inning. longest official post-season game (hours) in history, and counting.

...and it's over after 18 innings. SF leads the series 2-0. 6h 23m this postseason has been off the f'n hook phenomenal so far.

...and the Cardinals lose too! Mattingly takes Greinke out after 7 shutout innings and their bullpen gives up a 2 run HR to tie the game in the 8th (when they have only one shut down reliever). They got away with it though.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 43 min ago (view)

    He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.

     

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    al kaline has died at age 85.

    from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.

     

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    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

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    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.