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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dexter Fowler exemplifies why MLB’s free agent system is broken

Fowler has been one of the premier leadoff hitters in baseball, hitting .314 with a .435 on-base percentage, including five homers and 21 RBI. He has the third-highest WAR among NL position players, and the Cubs, not coincidentally, are 29-14.

Yet, he was available 10 days into spring training when the Cubs signed him to a one-year, $13 million contract, because teams were so intent on retaining the first-round draft pick they would have forfeited to sign Fowler, one of 16 players who rejected a $15.8 million qualifying offer…

You can go on and on. It was no different for shortstop Ian Desmond, who had to switch positions and go to the Texas Rangers as an outfielder on a one-year contract. The only offer second baseman Howie Kendrick received all winter was a two-year deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who merely brought him back. Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton had to wait almost the entire winter to find jobs, with Cespedes likely to opt out and test the market again next winter.

This at best is incomplete analysis, especially for a guy who quotes Fowler’s WAR; at worse, it’s just bad.

We don’t know what Fowler was asking for.  For his career, he’s about a 2 win player; $13M is a decent deal, but $13M + a pick isn’t.  There’s no way I’d pay him more, or for more years.  The same could be said for Desmond.

Kendrick wasn’t any good last year, and is a middle infielder in his 30s.  Buyer beware.

But the worst is lumping in Cespedes and Upton.  According to USA Today, Cespedes is the 7th highest paid player in MLB this year, and Upton is #20.  In no way were they hurt financially by the rules.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: May 25, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent compensation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Free Agent Compensation Must Die – The Hardball Times

Ahh, because teams are part of the process. Free agency is collectively bargained and is not some inherent right for players.

My question is this: Why should teams that lose players to free agency receive any sort of compensation whatsoever?

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agent compensation



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