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Alex Rodriguez - no doubt currying favor with MLB owners as he makes a pitch to become part owner (as part of ownership group of investors I think) of the NY Mets franchise says MLB owners should adopt a salary cap -- 

GEEZ - possible shift to management and A-Rod's attitude has an immediate adjustment !

Tony Clark, MLBPA exec (and former MLB players - Detroit Tigers etc. and before that an SDSU Aztec -both baseball and basketball - Clark was a pretty formidable forward on the SDSU basketball team).  Anyway  - Clark derided A-Rod's comment noting A-Rod made millions on top of millions during his playing career with NO salary cap.

Clark should have  said - "Great idea A-Rod - let's make that salary cap retroactive to the date of your first big contract....."

 

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Salary caps just shift more revenue to ownership while severely limiting options for mid-level players. They don't cap the amount of money a team can make. Most of the arguments for salary caps have to do with creating parity. MLB doesn't have a problem with parity. Advances in statistical analysis have really changed the way teams evaluate and develop players, allowing teams to make more informed decisions about big contracts to star players. At any rate, the teams making the playoffs lately aren't just the big market teams. Looking at the last 25-ish years, the only consistent string of big-market dominance is in the AL East (NYY/BOS), and that division has always been that way. You can also say the Dodgers of late, but they aren't really big FA market spenders. Friedman never has been. A salary cap is not something MLB needs. Success in baseball is all in drafting and developing talent.

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Last article I read said that baseball out of NBA and NFL salaries as a whole are making less revenue not having a salary cap then they would if they agreed to what the NBA and NFL did with the owners on a 50 50 split on revenue or something like that. The top talent is making quite a bit more than the average joes. But over the whole salaries really haven’t changed that much since ARod made his 250 million dollar contract back in the early 2000s. It’s pretty insane when you think about it. And mlb is making quite a bit more now then they were back then. 

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53 minutes ago, Kevinb said:

Last article I read said that baseball out of NBA and NFL salaries as a whole are making less revenue not having a salary cap then they would if they agreed to what the NBA and NFL did with the owners on a 50 50 split on revenue or something like that. The top talent is making quite a bit more than the average joes. But over the whole salaries really haven’t changed that much since ARod made his 250 million dollar contract back in the early 2000s. It’s pretty insane when you think about it. And mlb is making quite a bit more now then they were back then. 

Which is exactly why they want that cap. Any argument about parity or a level playing field is nonsense. Arod is trying to buy the Mets, a team that could print its own money if it’s managed properly.

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17 minutes ago, Jeremiah said:

Which is exactly why they want that cap. Any argument about parity or a level playing field is nonsense. Arod is trying to buy the Mets, a team that could print its own money if it’s managed properly.

If you added a cap and had the union and owners agree to a revenue split of which the NBA and NFL did. Per the article I read MLB players would be making more. There should definitely be a floor I’m not sure on the cap but again top salaries haven’t moved much in 20 years. They also shouldn’t have these 3 year service time where the players are legit playing for free either. Baseball salary structures will drastically change in the next bargaining agreement. 

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