The big news across MLB is the lockout. After not even pretending to negotiate last week, the MLBPA and owners were unable to come to an agreement. Shocker, right? Apparently 7 minutes on Wednesday afternoon wasn’t enough to salvage the situation.
The blame game has begun on both sides which is cool because there’s plenty to blame on both sides. I’m crafting a piece on my ideas to fix the largest issues. In the meantime let’s take a look at how the CBA’s have changed key elements of the game over time.
One point of contention is the luxury tax threshold. Here’s how that figure has evolved through previous CBA’s.
Another point is the minimum salary. For my money the top 1% of the top 1% in the world should make at least a million per year. Here’s how that number has been increased through previous CBA’s.
One thing I think should be discussed more is revenue sharing. The crux of my CBA proposal is to make teams spend 100% of the pot from revenue sharing on player salaries. This would stop the Bob Nutting’s of the world from pocketing $50 million a year of other teams money and rolling out a crappy team.
Here’s a great look at the revenue sharing systems currently in place. The formula is pretty complex but there are teams clearly pocketing cash that is intended to be used on payroll. I took a look at 2018 and the total take looked to be about a quarter billion spread out among nine teams. Players should get that money.
But there are other considerations. Arbitration, time clocks, etc. Service time break down is here.
Now that we are here, what can and can not be done during the lockout? More than you’d expect on both sides.
And while this post has been generally pro player, I’m not without some sympathy for ownership. Currently their economic lifeline, cable TV deals, is under jeopardy and they hand out massive, fully guaranteed contracts that represent a level of risk exposure unheard of in pretty much any other field. Yes, franchise values have blossomed but equity is not cash flow.
Now that we’re here, let’s take a good hard look at the labor war. That’s your longform read for the weekend and very much worth the time.
Onto something else.
The Padres took a risk I would have liked the Angels to take, signing Nick Martinez for four years and a very reasonable $20 million. It cold be $7 million over one due to the opt out but he dominated the NPB last year.
And I’ll cry a little. How could Perry not reign in the highest floor pitcher on the board? Stroman to the Cubs for only 3 years and for only a fraction more than Thor in AAV. Which would you bet delivers 150 innings of quality pitching next year?
The Angels are interested in Kris Bryant. I’d imagine this would preclude a trade of Adell or Marsh for a pitcher. I’d love to add his bat to the lineup and can only dream of Sonny Gray or someone similar in the rotation. We’ll see.
On a personal note, I’d like to dedicate this weekend’s links to a great Angels fan who was a dear friend of mine for the last 24 years. I think we were the only 2 Angels fans in Bakersfield back in the day. We laid him to rest Wednesday with his signature red Angels hat on display. RIP Alex G. I miss you bro.