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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The new CBA was supposed to help fix tanking in MLB—here’s why it hasn’t

Defenders of the system will point out that teams have always “operated cyclically,” as commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN the day the lockout ended. “It’s part of the nature of the game. You get a group that comes together, they age out, and clubs start over. That’s always been the way.”

But to many MLB players, it’s not just about winning and losing. It’s about trying.

“I’m held accountable to be the best I can be otherwise I’m sent down or released,” said Michael Lorenzen, another former Reds player who joined the Angels during the offseason. “There should be something for teams, too.

“The standard should be the best in the world, not to be the best of the worst.”

To this point, being the best at being the worst has actually benefited teams by giving them the No. 1 overall pick in the next year’s draft. Even with the addition of the lottery, some wonder how much the new process will actually matter to the teams at the bottom of the standings.

“The Pirates probably don’t even care about getting the No. 1 pick,” one agent said. “It means they have to pay him more.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2022 at 12:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
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