Originally Posted by dougdirt
Do you have the talent to command that kind of money? If not, then no one cares what you wish you could get paid.
The free market shows that these guys have the talent to be paid that. So when that market changes the rules to change that, not because the market isn't there, but because they simply want to pay less (we call that collusion), then the players are getting screwed.
And yeah, plenty of ones end up as wasted money. But when they work out, they are worth a whole lot more than you initially paid them and it more than makes up for every last missed signing.
Several trainers have already wondered aloud if Japan is going to start taking over the market in Venezuela and the DR because they too have academies there and can offer twice as much as the MLB teams with these new rules. While a dream to play in the Majors may be something that keeps you from signing there.... $3M extra bucks can change a lot of that.
I'm all for collusion (shouldn't be illegal) and keeping some of these pathetic contracts based in reality. I also wish none of the contracts were guaranteed. You should be able to fire a guy and cut his pay when he doesn't perform. That's what I like about the NFL. I wish they were all 1-year renewable contracts.
In tennis and golf, they get paid based on how they perform. And many other sports.
You're all for wasting money.