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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

MLBPA’s Tony Clark calls Rob Manfred’s comments on payroll ‘unconstructive and misleading at best’ - CBSSports.com

Of course, building through the farm is the right way. Free agent spending should be a last resort, especially at the top of the market. It’s a way to finish off your team. It’s not a great way to build.

There are multiple ways to build a good roster, but spending on veteran talent remains the most villainized approach. Teams instead sell their fans on building the “right way,” which just so happens to double as the most cost-efficient way. Budget space is not, within itself, inherently valuable—not unless there’s an intent to use it. Otherwise, it benefits only ownership. An unwillingness to spend is part of why baseball is where it is—perhaps on the verge of its first labor stoppage in decades. League-wide profits have increased 16 years running while the median salary has grown stagnant. Through billion-dollar television deals and publicly financed stadiums, teams have become less reliant upon gate revenue—their bottom lines are now less dependent on fielding competitive clubs that draw fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2019 at 05:54 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. . Posted: February 19, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5816612)
Yawn.
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 19, 2019 at 07:31 PM (#5816653)
You know, Tony, if fans should want their teams to sign Machado, they should also want their teams not to sign Craig Kimbrel, because that keeps them from signing Machado. It doesn't really matter, from a fan's perspective, whether it should; they've learned from experience that it will.

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