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Restricted Free Agency Could Benefit Players | FanGraphs Baseball

This isn’t a good idea for a small-market team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: January 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5604533)
Why should the burden of subsidizing smaller market teams be on the backs of the players? Lack of credible competition is a problem for all of baseball. The players should not be the ones that have to pay the price to keep smaller revenue teams competitive (or at least solvent).

MLB is awash in money, and there are multiple ways that the major league clubs could address this. More revenue sharing, or perhaps pay visiting clubs a prorated share of the home team’s television money, in the same proportions that they do with ticket sales.

   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 11, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5604562)
More revenue sharing


When your favorite tool is a hammer and sickle, all your problems look like bourgeois oppressors.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 11, 2018 at 10:48 AM (#5604576)
When your favorite tool is a hammer and sickle, all your problems look like bourgeois oppressors.

Boy, ain't that the truth. By the way, could you explain for us again how that squirrel over there is a Budshevik plot to screw the Yankees?
   4. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 11, 2018 at 05:23 PM (#5604983)
That sounds like a terrible idea. I don't like seeing my favorite players leave the A's after 6 years (or 3 or 4 many times). This would just make them leave even earlier. I'd like to see some sort of franchise tag like they have in football so that teams have the option to have first crack at their own best players.
   5. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM (#5605042)
MLB is awash in money, and there are multiple ways that the major league clubs could address this. More revenue sharing, or perhaps pay visiting clubs a prorated share of the home team’s television money, in the same proportions that they do with ticket sales.


Not to go all YR or anything, but more socialism for owners is never going to help the players. So why not have a little socialism for players instead? Guarantee that a minimum percentage of total revenues must go to the players. If total payroll falls short of that percentage in a given year, pay bonuses to everyone who was on an MLB roster (prorated for number of days on the roster). Pay it out of the revenue sharing pool before you pay the teams, and you've created a use-or-lose incentive for small market clubs to spend revenue sharing on players instead of pocketing it.
   6. there isn't anything to do in buffalo but 57i66135 Posted: January 12, 2018 at 12:42 AM (#5605251)
When your favorite tool is a hammer and sickle, all your problems look like bourgeois oppressors.

they built a literal moat to keep themselves separated from the prole.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: January 12, 2018 at 01:22 AM (#5605263)
When your favorite tool is a hammer and sickle, all your problems look like bourgeois oppressors.


You say that like the owners are actually competing with each other, rather than being members of an exclusive cartel.
   8. Endless Trash Posted: January 12, 2018 at 07:33 AM (#5605274)
How did the players union in baseball become so weak? The sport is swimming in cash but the minimum salary is lower than it is in the NHL. Something wrong there.
   9. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 08:04 AM (#5605286)
Not to go all YR or anything, but more socialism for owners is never going to help the players. So why not have a little socialism for players instead


Socialism for me, cutthroat capitalism for thee. The anti-player bias was only allowed to permeate baseball’s consciousness because it was so tightly interwound with anti-Yankee rhetoric designed to appeal to jealous losers.
   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 12, 2018 at 09:22 AM (#5605304)
The players union in baseball was seen as very strong recently. But they continued going all-in on prioritizing high salaries for veterans, allowing low salaries for everyone else and no money for amateurs so there would be more money for veterans. Now we have hit a tipping point where the expected veteran free-agent contract is so high that it is just irrational to sign them unless it's for a true superstar.
   11. Rally Posted: January 12, 2018 at 09:37 AM (#5605315)
How did the players union in baseball become so weak? The sport is swimming in cash but the minimum salary is lower than it is in the NHL. Something wrong there.


It must be hard to stay greedy enough. If you can pitch effectively for 55 innings a year somebody is willing to hand you 7-10 million dollars per year. That's like 7-10 thousand dollars every time you throw a pitch.

We can look at the ridiculous amount of baseball revenue and see that the owners are keeping a higher of it, and think the players deserve more money than they are getting. But if you are a player, it's hard enough just trying to figure out new fun ways of spending all the cash they are raking in.

MLB anyway. It would be nice to see the minor league players get some more, but neither the owner nor the MLB players are going to fight on their side.

Hockey has a slightly higher minimum salary - looks like 650K, but their top players aren't making much more than 10 million. That's how much Crosby and Ovechkin make, I don't know who is the #1 paid. Not a tradeoff MLB players would be willing to make.
   12. Banta Posted: January 12, 2018 at 12:21 PM (#5605438)
Connor McDavid became the highest paid player in the NHL after signing his 8 year, 100 million dollar deal in the summer.
   13. Endless Trash Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:35 PM (#5605823)
That's exactly my point, though. How does it make sense that league minimum is higher in a league that obviously has a lot less cash to distribute?

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