"Free Agency" ends almost as quickly as it started with all PBA League rosters filled


    2014 PBA League Report #3


    Following a couple of key strategic signing moves in the final hours of the re-signing period on Aug. 31, PBA League "free agency" opened with a flurry of activity on Sunday, Sept. 1, and ended almost as quickly as it started.

    As the Labor Day weekend came to a close, all eight PBA League teams had filled their pre-draft rosters with the league maximum of four signed players.

    All team rosters with compensation values are listed below. Each team will have one additional roster slot to fill during the 2014 PBA League Draft, which will be held at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the World Series of Bowling, and webcast live on PBA's exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

    2013WCAmletoMonacelli.jpgThe player draft will be held in reverse order of how teams finished during the PBA League's inaugural season: No. 8 Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits will draft first, followed by the Philadelphia Hitmen, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, L.A. X, BROOKLYN STyLES, Dallas Strikers, Motown Muscle and the defending Elias Cup champion New York City WTT KingPins.

    201213PBA06ParkerBohn.jpgIn the final hours of re-signing on Aug. 31, Dallas Strikers player/manager Norm Duke brought back Mike Machuga to his No. 3 roster slot and retained PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (pictured right) as his No. 4 player. Moments later, L.A. X manager Andrew Cain re-signed PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (left) to his No. 3 roster slot.

    201213PBA06WesMalott.jpgAs free agency began on Sept. 1, Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker quickly signed former L.A. X player Wes Malott (left) to his No. 2 roster position and shortly thereafter landed Tommy Jones as his No. 3 player. Jones, a member of the defending champion New York City WTT Kingpins, filled the final opening on Silver Lake's pre-draft roster.

    201213PBA11MikaKoivuniemi.jpgOn the heels of Silver Lake's moves, L.A. X brought in ex-Philadelphia Hitmen star Mika Koivuniemi (right) in the No. 2 slot, filling its pre-draft roster.

    Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard Jr. was next, landing ex-Hitmen star Chris Loschetter as his No. 2 player and ex-BROOKLYN STyLES team member Ryan Shafer was signed to complete the Muscle's pre-draft roster in the No. 3 roster slot.

    2013WCStuartWilliams.jpg2013EBT04MartinLarsen3.jpgNYC WTT KingPins' manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard added her fourth pre-draft player, England's Stuart Williams (left) in the team's No. 3 slot. Williams bowled for the Atom Splitters last season.

    Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits manager Tim Mack landed ex-Motown player Ronnie Russell in his No. 2 slot and re-signed Sweden's Martin Larsen (right) in his No. 4 slot to fill his roster.

    Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch made his final two moves, landing ex-STyLES No. 2 player Ryan Ciminelli in the same slot and ex-Jack Rabbit Dan MacLelland as his No. 3 player, also filling the same slot he held with Pittsburgh last season.

    BROOKLYN STyLES manager Johnny Petraglia put his fourth player in place, landing ex-Muscle No. 2 player Tom Smallwood as his team's No. 4 player for 2014.


    Recapping the 2014 PBA League Roster Rules

    To recap activities to this point, team managers had 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 were unsigned as of Aug. 31 were eligible to negotiate with other teams between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. No team is allowed to sign more than four players, assuring that each team will have at least one open position for the draft.

    The PBA League draft will include any unsigned free agents as well as any player from the top 50 on the 2012-13 PBA competition points list who elects to enter the 2014 draft. Teams for 2014 will consist of five rostered players only; there will not be "supplemental" players next season.

    Special rules will apply in the case of injuries, illness, etc. All PBA League roster transactions must be approved by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.


    Summary of Team Rosters for 2014

    No. 8 Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits
    Manager Tim Mack, owner LaMarr Woodley. Roster: No. 1, Osku Palermaa, Finland ($20,000). No. 2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. ($17,000). No. 3, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla. ($13,000). No. 4, Martin Larsen, Sweden ($12,000).

    No. 7 Philadelphia Hitmen
    Manager Jason Couch, owner Kevin Hart: No. 1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa. ($20,000). No. 2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y. ($16,000). No. 3, Dan MacLelland, Canada ($15,000). No. 4, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif. ($12,000).

    No. 6 Silver Lake Atom Splitters
    Manager Mark Baker, owner Chris Hardwick. No. 1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas ($20,000). No. 2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas ($16,000). No. 3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. ($16,000). No. 4, Dom Barrett, England ($11,000).

    No. 5 L.A. X
    Manager Andrew Cain, owner Chris Paul. No. 1, Jason Belmonte, Australia ($20,000). No. 2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland-Hartland, Mich. ($18,000). No. 3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. ($15,000). No. 4, Andres Gomez, Colombia ($10,000).

    Manager Johnny Petraglia, owner Jesse Williams. No. 1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. ($20,000). No. 2, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. ($15,000). No. 3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., ($13,000). No. 4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. ($13,000).

    No. 3 Dallas Strikers
    Manager Norm Duke, owner Terrell Owens. No. 1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($20,000). No. 2, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. ($15,000). No. 3, Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa. ($12,000). No. 4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($12,000).

    No. 2 Motown Muscle
    Manager Del Ballard Jr., owner Jerome Bettis. No. 1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($20,000). No. 2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio ($18,000). No. 3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. ($15,000). No. 4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas ($10,000).

    No. 1 New York City WTT KingPins
    Manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, owner Billie Jean King. No. 1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. ($20,000). No. 2, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. ($17,750). No. 3, Stuart Williams, England ($14,750). No. 4, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y. ($10,500).


    Current "Draft Pool" List

    The following players, listed alphabetically by last name, are either "rostered" players from the 2012-13 PBA League season (designated with an "r") or currently rank among the top 50 in 2012-13 PBA Tour competition points. Last season's "rostered" players, along with any players who finish among the top 50 on the 2012-13 points list at the conclusion of the PBA World Series of Bowling V, will be eligible to participate in the draft:

    • r-Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.
    • r-Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.
    • r-D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas
    • r-Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.
    • r-Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan.
    • r-Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill.
    • r-Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas
    • Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
    • Patrick Gerard, Canada
    • Michael Haugen, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.
    • r-Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa
    • r-Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.
    • Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio
    • r-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.
    • r-Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill.
    • r-Thomas Larsen, Denmark
    • Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.
    • Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich.
    • Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill.
    • r-Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela
    • r-Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
    • E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind.
    • Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill.
    • r-Jon Van Hees, Charleston, R.I.
    • r-Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev.
    • r-Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.


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