This may turn out to be a long winded rant so I apologize upfront. Ill try to space out my points in some coherent fashion. But this off season has me really questioning baseballs model.
First of all the fact that the yankees were able to get Stanton a top 5 offensive player in the game for salary relief and the stuff that falls out of your toaster when you shake it upside down is really really REALLY maddening.
Second, the constipation of the FA market is really hard to figure out. Are we really going to go into the season with Darvish, Martinez, Hosmer, Moustakis, Lynn, etc. etc. etc. all still on the market? WTF It's not like teams couldn't need those players it seems the small payroll orgs know they can't compete and are saying "why bother".
Lack of competative balance, It seems that for all intent and purpose there are about 5 or 6 teams that have any shot at winning the WS this year. Dodgers, Yankees, Red sox, Houson, Cubs, Stl, Washington. All big market teams.
Big Market teams playing small market ball. We've known forever thta small market teams can't keep their players, they can't play in FA, now they can't even swap their players for young talent. The trades we've seen have proven that the big market teams dont even have to give quality prospects away to get stud talent in return. Stanton trade, Cole trade being the two most egregious.
Draft- It's ticked me off for years that big market teams can get bargains late because theyre willing to spend the money to get the "signing risk" It seems counter productive. The top incoming talent should go to the teams that need it the most, yet thats not the case.
Add all that stuff to what we've known for years, no cap lets the yankees, red sox, angels, dodgers of the world just out spend their mistakes. We are seeing what a bad contract does to a team with Felix. But the yankees can just take the Ellsbury contract on the chin with no effect.
Basically all but 4 or 5 franchises are playing the game with one hand tied behind their back already and the recent development is tieing their other hand back too.
Edited by gowazzu02, 26 January 2018 - 12:06 PM.