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Trevor Bauer to Dodgers


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I would imagine in return for cost certainty, and guaranteed profitability, the owners would be more than happy to increase the pay for all minor leaguers (say $25k for DSL, $50k for Rookie and A-, $100k for A+ and AA, and $150k for AAA).  They would also, I'm sure, raise the salaries for pre-free agency major leaguers, knowing that they wouldn't have to pay more on the back end, what with team/player caps.  They would probably also get rid of the service time system, and implement somthing along the lines of free agency falling after the season in which a player turns 27.  They may even eliminate the qualifying offer.

This. The players calling the shots for the union have never prioritized MiLB...or young players...and have always prioritized and protected the unimpeded right of the veteran to be exposed to a free and completely unrestricted market. Hence, Trevor Bauer. A salary cap has been a non-starter for the union...forever...given nothing more than occasional diversionary lip-service. And the owners, as expected, have taken advantage everywhere else. It’s a powerful union...perhaps the most powerful in the history of this country. The needle moves when they look at their priorities differently.

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I would imagine in return for cost certainty, and guaranteed profitability, the owners would be more than happy to increase the pay for all minor leaguers (say $25k for DSL, $50k for Rookie and A-, $100k for A+ and AA, and $150k for AAA).  They would also, I'm sure, raise the salaries for pre-free agency major leaguers, knowing that they wouldn't have to pay more on the back end, what with team/player caps.  They would probably also get rid of the service time system, and implement somthing along the lines of free agency falling after the season in which a player turns 27.  They may even eliminate the qualifying offer.

A dramatic increase in MiLB salary, a bump to the league minimum, ending pre arbitration, and hitting FA earlier would be a starting point. Of course an agreed up revenue split supersedes all of this. 

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Yeah, this is off.  In 2020 the (normal) average MLB payroll was $158.9M, which equates out to $4.77 BILLION in player salaries, so pretty much 48%.  This means that every team would average $175M to pay for all other expenses, including taxes.  Obviously though, a number of teams aren't getting anywhere near $175M in excess revenue--they're probably not even close to $75M, and would still need to pay corporate taxes, all the coaches, all the team staff, stadium operating costs, draft picks, minor leaguers, and any investment in the organization, all before the owner even makes a dime.  The Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, and a few others have enough excess to pay the salaries at the top of the scale.  15 to 20 organizations do not (unless they want to lose money, and again, why should owners lose money on something they're spending tens, if not hundreds of millions on annually).

 

Sorry, I can't jump on the players are greedy train.  Let's say the 48% is the correct number....isn't at least half the revenue going to the players a good thing?!?  I mean, that's what we are watching, right, the players?  And if it was such a tough business to run with margins so tight, you wouldn't have owners dropping $2.4B to acquire a team.

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