Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I think the MLBPA is smart enough to know that the DH doesn't add more money into the game. It shifts money away from young guys and gives it to old guys, but it doesn't increase the total amount of money given to players across the league. There are still going to be 25 roster slots per team with or without the DH. If the DH is making big bucks that is less money the team can give to another player or players. I don't see why the MLBPA would automatically be in favor of the DH.
If American League teams want to invest a ton of money for a long-term contract to a DH then they will have less money to invest in the rest of their team, so I don't think having the DH gives AL teams an advantage over NL teams. Having a DH doesn't give a team more money to spend on payroll, it merely changes how they distribute the money.
Young players don't get $15M a year. Old guys do. Every league in this country is set up to pay old guys and not young guys. They all set it up that way because they (the old guys) are the ones running the players associations. They know it keeps them in the leagues longer.
It isn't that having the DH that gives them the advantage though. It is the fact that they can add talent that NL teams simply can't in free agency. They can sign first basemen and left fielders and third basemen that are going to likely decline out of defensive values but can hit very well still and use them in their early 30's at those positions still, before transitioning them to DH later. NL teams can't do that, so they just don't wind up signing some of those guys and miss out on the still very producing early 30's part of their careers because they just couldn't risk the mid and late 30's part where they would still have to play defense with those guys.