Competitive Balance is a joke, but the way things are, will never change. So you have to adapt. The O’s are in NO way a poor team. We are in the 5th largest market in the USA. They could afford a $98 million dollar team12 years ago, but the can’t do the same over a decade worths of inflation later? lol. That’s total BS!
Doesn’t anyone remember when the O’s had the highest payroll in baseball just 12 years ago? They just made so many mistakes. They are turning it around. Which will be evident when BaseBall America puts out its ratings on Farm Systems. Last year the O’s were #9, but I am extremely confident that they will jump into the top 5 this year.
The big problem isn’t lack of a salary cap, but the way the draft is set up. MLB HAS to extend the draft to cover every player, National, and International. And there HAS to be mandatory slot limits. What happens is, players will put their demands out there. So, teams with the top 10 picks let them pass because they can’t afford them. So, the winning teams (those teams with money) end up drafted top 10 talent later in the draft. Then what happens is, the top international talent, 35% of the league, those same teams can sign them for huge contracts. Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, Inoa, etc.
So, the best way to fix this, is to do it like football. You have 1 draft for EVERY amatuer player, and you make their contract amounts fixed. Player #1 can get a max of $8 Million. # 2 7.5, #3, 7.2, #4 7, etc.etc.etc.That is the way to restore competitive balance. Then it is up to each team to be able to resign their talent, and hold on to it. And to make smart trade.
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