I just think these players want too much money when they aren’t worth it. Every player available has question marks attached to them. I think owners and gms have seen too many long high dollar contracts not work out and thus don’t want to have another bad contract or players into their late thirties on their teams.
There is no collusion, simply the players aren’t that good anymore and the agents, specifically Scott Boras, think they’re players are fantastic and should be compensated for past performances. How many big time free agents have the Astros signed? How many have the Indians signed? It just doesn’t work to build through aging players.
I for one am glad the owners are taking a stand. In reality, these players all make too much money for what they do. Stop being greedy and you will get a contract. Pretty simple.
I don't think it's collusion either.I think most teams are getting pretty Leary of offering guaranteed contracts for 6, 7 or 8 eight years for 100's of millions of dollars.The reason is that many times the back end of those deals ends up being bad for the team and it handcuffs them from making other deals because their payrolls are maxed out.Unfortunately due to the lack of a hard salary cap, the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, etc. about 7 or 8 teams have pushed salaries so high that mid to low level teams have to intentionally tank in order to have a chance at competing.
The other factor now is the luxury cap and penalty.With escalating penalties now in play big market teams are extremely reluctant to continue to stay over the tax and this is one year in which a bunch of them are trying to get under the threshold to compete in next years big free agent market.
If a team spends above $217MM in 2018, it will receive an extra 12% tax in addition to the usual 20%, 30% or 50% luxury tax. If a team spends over $237MM, it will receive an extra 42.5% or 45% surcharge tax.Beginning in 2018, there will be an extra penalty for teams in that second category, Cooper notes. A team that spends above $237MM will also have its top draft pick lowered ten spots, unless that pick is in the top six, in which case the team’s second pick will be lowered ten spots.
The players association should never have agreed to this if they wanted salaries to continue to escalate year after year.I am convinced they will strike before 2021.What we are seeing this year is just the beginning.Teams don't want the luxury tax penalties and certainly don't want to have their top pick lowered 10 spots.Steering clear of high priced free agents to help keep them under the tax threshold or reset is doing what it was intended to do.Slowing down out of control big market spending that is killing smaller market teams and making them effectively Division 2 MLB.
Edited by laloesch, 07 February 2018 - 12:27 PM.