MLBTR Chat Transcript By Steve Adams | June 11, 2019 at 2:06pm CDT Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
I would love a look inside the mind(s) of “conspiracy theorists”. Bot chats is a new one for me. I have to wonder if that is his only “theory” or does he favor YouTube videos of flat earth, hologram moon, faked 9/11, faked Apollo, etc as well?
Yeah – that bot question had to be a joke. Or not. Reading through comments on this site often have me scratching my head on the intelligence of various posters.
On a side note – the draft question was interesting. I like the idea of teams closest getting the highest pick. Here is my alternative:
— Sort by W-L record (like they do today)
— Teams with the top 10 picks will have their payroll evaluated. If the payroll is below an agreed upon threshold, the team moves to the back of the draft. Everyone else slides up. If you are in the top 10 AND your payroll exceeds the threshold, your pick is protected.
Teams that are trying (evidenced by spending) aren’t penalized since they are above the threshold. Teams that don’t spend BUT don’t play poorly aren’t penalized because they aren’t in the bottom 10. The only teams penalized are those that perform poorly AND don’t spend on their payroll. Tanking becomes far less attractive vs trying to fill out your roster and at least win 70 games.
This would set a soft floor (like the luxury tax sets a soft ceiling). Would be a win for the players union and for fans. Would likely be seen as a concession that ownership makes to stop the complaining about late FA signings and draft pick compensation suppressing the market.
The problem is I don’t think you can penalize a team for NOT spending, when they’re trying to build a team through draft/trades, etc. That is a way to build a team with out spending money JUST to spend money.
I get that baseball is profitable, but why does a team HAVE to spend a set amount of money and do it that way, vs a way that’s worked already via draft/fa pool & international.
I don’t know why people have a hard time understanding that there are ups and downs, and if you’re having a down year, how in the world does spending say $18m on Kimbrel if you’re the Orioles, make sense?