Originally Posted by UCBrownsfan
It's not a complete free market - it's an overinlfated market, because the other free agents have rules / costs. Current veterans can cost draft picks, American players are drafted. If it was a free market and teams could bid on Bryce Harper, what would he have attained. If American players would get their "free market" worth, then some of the internationals would be given much less. Their market is overinflated because the rest of the supply is limited.
I can see that point of view. I certainly think that American players get screwed versus their international counterparts who can play teams against each other.
I am not against a slotting system with an international draft. But I want to see the money be comparable too. I don't want to see this as a way for owners to save $1-2M a year at the expense of players.