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unlimited spending thereafter, but a limit of $500K per player.
So unlimited spending but with a limit? :-)
I'm pretty certain that if the process is corrupt, Boras is the most likely individual to be at the center of the corruption.
Radical idea - free market for labor, like every non-sports business.
he has too much low hanging fruit in owners and gms incapable of effectively negotiating.
Of course, they would have to be accompanied by freely allowing teams, both established and new, to enter whatever market they choose. Ten, twelve teams, all allowed to be a part of MLB, competing for NY dollars sounds fine by me.
The market this year might prove the contrary. Boras thought his ~2-win SP should get paid like a ~3-win SP and that didn't happen. His ~4-win OF (Bourn) got < 3-win money. Front offices are getting smarter, and the days of Boras getting 4 years and $60 million for a player not worthy of that money might be coming to an end.
That's where the free market breaks down. Sure, anybody can start a team, hire players, arrange for a place to play and sell tickets. But you can't compel other teams to schedule games with you.
Well that's why you need agreements in place; obviously every team in the league wants the Yankees to come to town, as they are the most popular baseball franchise in the world and the biggest draw, capable of charging a premium in an open market. It's a fair concession to allow all teams to schedule games against their rivals, even if, like Kansas City or Pittsburgh, they tend to depress attendance on the road.
If we have a free market, and put in the four/five teams that New York could legitimately sustain, then the Yankees popularity takes a massive hit.
Do you really believe that? Would you stop rooting for the Cardinals if they put another expansion team in St. Louis? You can't overcome 100 years of history and generations of loyalty in "a couple of years".
If both teams were equally successful, I'd guess it would be more like 1.4:1
Basically, I'm saying YR be careful what you wish for. It very well could have results that you wouldn't like.
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