Selig On Competitive Balance, Draft, Salary Cap

Commissioner Bud Selig told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that competitive balance exists even though many of baseball's biggest spenders figure to make the playoffs. Selig points to the recent past when the Rays, Twins and A's have succeeded and suggests that the current system allows small and mid-market teams to compete.

However, Selig says the draft needs to be changed when the current collective bargaining agreement expires after 2011. In fact, the commissioner believes changing the current system is "imperative for the health of the game." Selig suggests, as he has before, that he will push for slotting and a worldwide draft.

Selig doesn't completely rule out a salary cap, but hints that he first plans to explore other ways of maintaining competitive balance.

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