On the time of writing, there have been precise negotiations happening between MLB house owners and gamers forward of one more pretend deadline the house owners arrange that they’ll’t truly implement. By the point you learn this there could possibly be precise hope. Or one more dive straight into the dust. Simply be warned.
I’m as drained as you might be about going forwards and backwards with the precise particulars of 1 facet’s supply versus one other and what the gives truly imply and studying tea leaves and all the opposite bullshit that comes with it. So let’s depart most of that behind for one more day.
However the nugget that did pique my curiosity was the house owners’ insistence of adding a third punishable tier to their improved luxurious tax thresholds. At the moment there are two, however final night time they wished so as to add a 3rd for groups that go $60 million over the edge. This appears patently ridiculous, as a result of no proprietor goes to go that far over the edge. We haven’t seen that. The Yankees, Dodgers, and Pink Sox have been chickenshit on the subject of going over the posh tax in any respect for probably the most half, they usually’re probably the most eligible to take action. If not them, who?
Ah sure, the newish proprietor of the New York Mets, Steve Cohen. The one who likes to speak an enormous recreation (or simply speak) about how he’ll run the Mets like they need to be run, as a fan who simply occurs to have one of many world’s largest checkbooks. Positive, he would possibly air out his personal gamers on Twitter, however no less than he cares, proper? I assume being a Mets fan includes plenty of bending over backwards (and forwards) anyway.
So the house owners wish to add this third stage of tax, simply in case Cohen does certainly go much more crazy after signing Max Scherzer to a three-year$130M deal. Which is simply as petty because it will get. The posh tax is already a cudgel to maintain house owners in line, though fewer and fewer of them wish to truly spend the cash anyway. However the thought of the tax was that the opposite groups would get cash from a group going all weapons blazing into the free company market. If Cohen needs to go Brewster’s Hundreds of thousands, all of the cheapskates profit.
However that’s not apparently sufficient, and neither is that this new stage of punitive charges for Cohen. No, the house owners are nonetheless pushing this 14-team playoff system with no balancing or weighting for groups that win their division. They’re mainly saying to Cohen, “You’ll be able to spend all you need, however we’re going to make it so it’s extra probably your group crashes and burns on the first hurdle in October and a few 87-win assortment of outdated Metallica t-shirts and used mufflers has mainly the identical likelihood you do!” It could solely take a pair years of spending lavishly, placing collectively 100-win groups and seeing them go up in flames as a result of Sixto Sanchez or Aaron Nola acquired scorching at some point and your bullpen fell aside the following one. You would possibly begin to marvel why you bothered within the first place, which is precisely what this cabal of jackals needs.
The argument is that if Cohen had been to go nuclear, maybe the Phillies and Braves and Nats would really feel they need to to compete, no less than in a standard world. And that’s not truthful, so we’ll make up this participation trophy playoff system. However there aren’t actually small markets and large markets anymore. Positive, some groups have higher native TV offers, however the primary earnings for groups is their nationwide TV offers, and everybody’s in on playing. Each group is owned by a billionaire. Gene Autry isn’t round anymore. Each certainly one of them can afford to pay gamers no matter they need. They only don’t wish to. And in the event that they actually can’t afford it, there shall be one other billionaire lining as much as take that group off their fingers to money in on nationwide TV offers and get their actual property heist wherever they’ll.
Maybe the MLBPA is already conscious of the divisions inside possession. There’s actually a bunch of 1 they’re attempting to corral earlier than he even will get began. They need to be tearing at these cracks to get extra of what they need.
And we all know Cohen gained’t maintain quiet eternally.