Originally Posted by dougdirt
Tougher to even go with the Rays model now that there is a cap on how much you can spend on players in both the draft and internationally. Teams can't just spend on the best players over and over anymore because they see it as a market inefficiency. It is now against the rules to do that. But if team A wants to spend $300M in the Majors, well that is allowed. Want to spend $15M in the draft? Sorry about your luck. Want to spend $7M on international free agents? Sorry, no way Jose.
Honestly, I think the new draft rules help the small market teams more than they hurt it.
Before the caps, you had the Yankees and Rangers spending an insane amount of money on amatuer draft and international FAs. At least the playing field is leveled on the draft now. With the cap, I doubt you will see small market teams punting draft picks, or drafting to save money (which was pretty common for Cincy and Pittsburg in the early 2000's). IIRC, part of the new agreement also forbids giving Major League contracts to draftees, which helps everyone out.
The new draft rules are one step towards parity/fairness.. Sure, there's a lot more work to be done, but at least they fixed one facet that they could.
Because if they didn't fix that, Cincy might spend 10 million on the draft, but LA would spend 100...
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