Originally Posted by MikeThierry
The other thing I would like to point out is that as these large market team's payrolls expand, so too will the money available in revenue sharing. If the Dodgers spend 280 million on payroll, that means they will have to pay a significant amount for revenue sharing. That means along with these small market teams getting big tv deals (like The Fathers did), so too will their share of money from revenue sharing. Maybe this will be tweeked further down the road to make big market teams pay more but the way it's set up, the big market vs small market scenario will be essentially the same as it is today except with more overall money involved.
Excellent point. I hadn't even thought of that.
As far as I know, the luxury tax threshholds have not changed. That seems to be throttling the spending of many large markets now.
Also, I think the owners are not going to let salaries escalate as quickly as they have in the past. We can see the trend in the last 5 years or so. The Cy Youngs and MVPs get the 20-25 million/year (which is about what Arod got from Texas as a high water mark a long time ago), but the payscale for the average/above average player has not gone up much over the past 5-10 years.
I'm not calling it collusion, but I think the owners now have an almost unspoken agreement not to overpay for the non-superstars.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!