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July 31, 2006
BASEBALL: In-Season Salary Cap

Dan Lewis has some interesting thoughts on market efficiencies and deadline deals for free agents-to-be. I don't have time to digest this, but a thought on a related matter.

With hue and cry from some quarters over the Abreu deal, I can suggest that - if you think it's bad for the game for teams like the Yankees to be able to add a star player in season by bulking up payroll without parting for much talent - a debatable proposition - there is a relatively simple solution: an in-season salary cap. As with any cap, there would be some complex rules to make the thing work. But the general design would not involve the same set of skewed incentives provided by year-round caps; you could simply rule that a team needs to set its payroll (both current-season payroll and future committed payroll) by Opening Day, and can't add more than a limited amount to the payroll (except, perhaps, extensions for guys already on the roster) during the season.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:07 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

An interesting idea. It seems that every trade rule has existed to prevent something the Yankees have done. People forget I think (well, probably not the people here) that the trade deadline was created because the Yankees kept on getting people. And this was when there was a salary cap (well not a real one, but the owners paid and treated the players like peons so there really was one anyway, called the reserve clause).

So I am not a fan of that. I am of a salary cap, but it will never happen in baseball. If the owners really wanted to keep salaries lower, they would follow the Padres model: treat Scott Boras as radioactive, and refuse to deal with him.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at July 31, 2006 12:20 PM

(Thanks for the link.)

I'm not a fan of salary caps, and I actually think the problem w/your proposal is that the Abreu (and remember the Mondesi deal) deal is good for baseball. Teams make mistakes. The trade value for Abreu is as high as it's going to get, given his salary. If the Phillies want to get out from under it, they only can if they make this sort of deal.

So, let them restart. If it benefits the Yankees, so be it.

Posted by: DNL at July 31, 2006 1:06 PM
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