Originally Posted by dougdirt
Its not that they wont pony it up, its that a lot of teams were worried about upsetting the MLB offices who set the slot numbers. There really was nothing that MLB could do though other than be mad and maybe hold a grudge but apparently a lot of teams were scared to offer over slot money.
Yep. In the absence of a formally negotiated slotting system, MLB has some leverage -- there are plenty of ways the central office can make a club's life more difficult -- but only to a point. They can't outright prevent teams from going over slot lest it spawn Collusion, Episode Four.