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How did the union let this happen?

What the AP’s report does not delve into, however, are the other penalties associated with the luxury tax — which some teams view as more detrimental than the fiscal penalizations. Any club that exceeds the first tax threshold by $40MM or more will see its top pick in the following year’s draft pushed back 10 slots, for instance. With regard to the 2023 draft, that applies to both the Mets and the Dodgers.

Alex Patton Alex

I think the Mets are all in (see the Cano cut) but it will be interesting. I think the first cut is to look at all the teams that are well below the lowest luxory tax, these teams are really "cap free," meaning they are driven by their own internal numbers (say teams that are 20% or more below the first luxury tax threshold).

Kent Ostby Seadogs

I'd say it's hard to tell at this point. They set the thresholds after rosters were mostly completed. The Dodgers were already over whatever the threshold was going to be and the Mets signed all of their players before the lockout occurred.  This next offseason will be a bigger test, especially when the Yankees have to resign Judge.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Interesting read on the luxury tax at MLBTR.  Six teams will pay in this year, with only the Mets and Dodgers taking on large-ish tax sums, each clocking in just south of $30 million.  The four others will pay relatively small sums ranging from $800k for the Pads to $9.4 million for the Yankees.  My takeaway is that only 2 teams are taking a "luxury tax be damned" approach.  All others essentially regard it as a soft salary cap.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

The 2022 AFL rosters have been released. Hopefully, we'll catch some of you in Phoenix this Fall!

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

@Eugene:  I saw your Twitter comments regarding the MLBPA joining the AFL-CIO.  But what about the massive addition of MiLB players to the Union??

Are we gonna see MLB strikes over MiLB issues?  As glad as I am that the kids now have a seat at the table, what does this really mean?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a press conference Friday afternoon. "Our guiding star in thinking about changes to the game has always been our fans. 'What do our fans want to see on the field?' We've conducted thorough and ongoing research with our fans, and certain things are really clear. Number 1, fans want games with better pace. Two, fans want more action, more balls in play. And three, fans want to see more of the athleticism of our great players."

So I can see 1 for sure and 3 if I squint, but what about the rule changes addresses #2, specifically the "more balls in play" part?  I'm thinking that if the shift is banned, more hitters will sell out for the pull-happy, all-or-nothing approach.  And how can you blame them?  Or maybe I'm thinking about this all wrong.  Help me understand.

Gary Cruciani Megary
Sep 10

Here's an at-bat that demo's need for robo-umps ... a robo-walk becomes a real-K ... 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 31

Barf.  More interleague play. More Marlins-Rangers games.  Awesome idea.

Mike Landau ML-
Aug 26

No longer is each team’s slate significantly skewed toward division opponents. Instead, the schedules will feature more variety. For the first time in modern MLB history, every team will play every other team at some point.

  • If weather permits, Opening Day on March 30 would be the first in which every MLB team opens on the same day since 1968.
  • All 30 clubs are also scheduled to be in action on the Fourth of July.
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 25