2014 PBA League signing season continues
Signing activity for the 2014 PBA League season slowed down a bit in week two while a number of American and international players are busy competing in the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships in Henderson, Nev., but Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch and L.A. X manager Andrew Cain made their first roster moves.
Couch retained Mike DeVaney in his No. 4 slot while Dick Allen and Dino Castillo became free agents. Cain re-signed Andres Gomez as his No. 4 player while Dave Wodka moved to the free agent list (see team summaries below).
The process of re-signing players and releasing others to free agency continues through Aug. 31. The 2014 PBA League season officially gets underway Jan. 1 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
Team managers have until Aug. 31 to re-sign up to three players (in addition to the No. 1 player, who is automatic) from last year’s rosters, and assign them to slot positions on their 2014 rosters – from No. 2 through No. 5. Slot positions involve pre-set compensation ranges, starting at an automatic $20,000 for the No. 1 player (formerly known as the franchise player). Team managers have a total cap of $71,000 within which they can negotiate player compensation. For No. 2 slots, players must be paid between $14,000-18,000. For No. 3 slots, the payment range is between $12,000-16,000. For No. 4 players, the range is $10,000-14,000. For No. 5 slot positions, the range is $8,000-12,000.
Existing rostered players who are released or unsigned as of Aug. 31 will be eligible to negotiate with other teams between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. No team may sign more than four players, assuring that each team will have at least one open position for the draft. Unsigned free agents and any player from the top 50 on the 2012-13 PBA competition points list may enter the 2014 player draft which will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 4, following the World Series at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
Some players from last season’s rosters will be released by managers, while others may be offered slots on rosters. But they are not required to re-sign. Players can decline offers and enter free agency if they wish. All PBA League roster transactions must be approved by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.
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Summaries of all PBA League activities also will be included in the weekly PBA League Media Advisory which will be emailed on Fridays.
Here’s a summary of transactions since the re-signing period began on Aug. 1:
L.A. X status report
Manager Andrew Cain made his first roster move, re-signing Colombia’s Andres Gomez ($10,000) to his No. 4 slot, down one position from last season. Cain also announced No. 5 Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., will not be retained. L.A. X is owned by Los Angeles Clippers all-star point guard Chris Paul, with Jason Belmonte as his No. 1 player. Other L.A. X rostered players are Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and supplemental pick Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela.
Philadelphia Hitmen sign DeVaney to No. 4 position
Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch has retained Mike DeVaney of Hemet, Calif., to the No. 4 berth he held last season for $12,000. Couch also announced that Dick Allen (No. 5) of Columbia, S.C., and supplemental player Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, will become free agents on Sept. 1. Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., is Philadelphia’s No. 1 player. Actor-comedian Kevin Hart is team owner.
Dallas Strikers status report
Strikers No. 1 player and manager Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., has retained left-hander Rhino Page (No. 2) of Dade City, Fla., for $15,000 while No. 4 Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., and supplemental pick Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., will enter free agency. No action has been taken thus far with No. 3 Amleto Monacelli and No. 5 Mike Machuga. NFL all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens is Dallas’ owner.
Motown Muscle status report
Muscle manager Del Ballard Jr. has re-signed veteran left-hander Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, to his No. 4 slot ($10,000). Mike Fagan holds the No. 1 position. Jesse Buss (No. 5) of Belvidere, Ill.; supplemental pick Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y. (acquired in a trade for Kelly Kulick), and D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, who replaced Angelo when he withdrew due to injury, are headed to free agency. No action has been taken with No. 2 Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., or No. 4 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. Motown is owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis.
BROOKLYN STyLES status report
STyLES manager Johnny Petraglia has re-signed and promoted Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., from No. 5 to the No. 2 slot ($15,000) for 2014 and re-signed last season’s No. 4 Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., to his No. 3 slot for $13,000. Left-hander Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., will enter the free agent pool. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is the STyLES’ No. 1 player and actor Jesse Williams is team owner. No action has been reported for supplemental player Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa.
Silver Lake Atom Splitters status report
Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker has re-signed England’s Dom Barrett, last season’s No. 2 player, to the No. 4 slot ($11,000) while Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz.; Stuart Williams of England; Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., and supplemental player Jon VanHees of Charlestown, R.I., will become free agents. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, is Silver Lake’s No. 1 player. The team is owned by Internet podcast entrepreneur Chris Hardwick.
New York City WTT KingPins status report
KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard has re-signed former No. 3 Scott Norton as her No. 2 player ($17,750). No. 5 John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., also re-signed in the No. 4 slot ($10,500). The defending PBA League Elias Cup champions are led by No. 1 Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., will enter free agency on Sept. 1.
Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits status report
Jack Rabbits manager Tim Mack has retained No. 4 Patrick Allen ($13,000) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., as this season’s No. 3 player. Finnish two-handed star Osku Palermaa is Pittsburgh’s No. 1 player. No action has been reported on Martin Larsen, Sweden; Dan MacLelland, Canada; Thomas Larsen, Denmark, or supplemental pick Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill. The Jack Rabbits are owned by Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and will make the No. 1 selection during the 2014 PBA League player draft which will be webcast live on Xtra Frame on Nov. 4.