When I say make something better I mean measurably better. I can already hear two things before I even finish this piece. “They aren’t going to get a cap, don’t say it!” and “A cap system is what they need to do!”
I hear so many of you tell me that MLB will never have a salary cap because the MLBPA is “the most powerful union” in the country. You’re right, there is just about no scenario that brings about a salary cap without great pain and loss. But…
Yesterday the Cleveland Indians, soon to be Cleveland Something Else, made the entirely expected move of trading Francisco Lindor. Cleveland exploded on their owners the Dolan’s as they moved a cool 40 million plus off their payroll as they also included Carlos Carrasco in exchange for 4 prospects from the New York Mets.
When I first met Craig my co-editor we must have talked baseball for an hour and we both probably mentioned the owner a grad total of never.
I’m sure some of you noticed, we’ve been fairly quiet over here at Inside the Bucs Basement. There is something to be said for a period of reflection, a step back to help yourself to end the cycle of riding the waves and the emotion that comes with them.
We are soon to see whether the players union is willing to play or not. No, not on the field, in the negotiation room. The owners are prepared to send a formal proposal to the players for restarting the season, and while we’ve all read proposals, some bordering on silly, the formal presentation process typically signifies a real proposal that the owners really think has legs.
Three of America’s four major sports leagues have a salary cap in place, MLB of course being the outlier. If you’ve read my work for a while now you are no doubt aware how I feel about that, but just in case, I think a salary cap is needed to even the playing field in MLB and not just for the Pirates.