Money controlling MLB?

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When is the MLB going to start addressing this problem… Check out this list, it shows the teams in order of who has the most money and is color coded to show how well they are doing this season in relation to the amount of money they have. Here’s the key:

Terrible

Worse

Bad

Neutral

Better

Up there

Best

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As you can see from the graph, a team like the Rays, who have a .500 record, are actually having a relatively better season than the Nationals who are also playing .500 baseball. The two teams are separated by one spot in the standings, but the Rays who are in that one spot ahead, are almost $100 million dollars behind in the bank. Take that in for a second. Here’s another example if that one wasn’t enough for you, the Blue Jays have the 10th highest payroll yet they are the first team to have a higher number in the Standings column than the ranking in payroll.

Obviously, money doesn’t buy wins or championships, we can see that from this chart. But it’s hard to wonder how good the Astros, who are 9th in the Standings column, but have the 2nd lowest amount of money, would be if they had more money. Another interesting fact is dead money.

Dead money is the amount of money a team has to pay players after trading them, basically money they need to spend on players that don’t even play for them anymore. The Dodgers’ dead money tallies at $80 million, that more than the Marlins, Astros, and Rays’ total payroll! How is that fair?

Ways to address it

Obviously it’s going to be hard to just say that every team can spend a certain amount of money a year because a team like the Dodgers, who have spend copious amounts of money to bring in players, don’t have a good enough farm system or young team to be able to compete in a world where every team has the same amount of money. Here’s my fix to the situation, which people may not agree with (let me know in the comment section what you think). Have certain tiers, and say a team can only sign a certain amount of players with the amount of money in each tier. Here’s what I mean:

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The numbers definitely need work, this was just an example to show how the system would work, but this way it doesn’t allow teams to sign 3 or 4 big names because they can offer them a contract of $220M over 6 years. Managers and GM’s could sit down and come to terms with a number, or even a way to fix the current system, but in my mind the way payroll is built now cannot stay.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments!

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Belal Ahmed

Spark Sports Baseball Analyst

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