'Twas the Week Before Christmas...
...when all through the baseball world
Not a deal was stirring, not even a minor one;
Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez hung out by the bank with care,
In hopes that the Red Sox, Angels and Dodgers soon would be there;
Scott Boras was nestled all snug in his bed,
While visions of money danced in his head.
Without much to report, I point you to an interview I granted Joseph Decaro, owner/site manager of Mets Merized Online. The second-most famous Joe D. in New York asked me a half dozen questions.
Here is my long-winded answer as to whether the current system is fixed:
Q: The Yankees just spent almost $250 million in two days by signing C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. There are several reports that they will secure either Mark Teixeira or Manny Ramirez as well. Is it time to fix the system?
A: The Yankees fixed the system a long time ago. Just kidding. Look, as a capitalist, I'm totally fine with a team like the Yankees paying a gazillion dollars for guys like Sabathia and Burnett. However, baseball isn't a true free market. It's a closed economy. A private country club, if you will. For example, if you and I wanted to put a new team in New York, Major League Baseball wouldn't allow it. Therefore, it's not a free market at all. The truth is, there should be more than just two teams in the New York City area. At least three. Maybe four or even five. Think about it for a minute. If there were several teams in New York dividing up the fan base, corporate market, and broadcasting revenues, the Yankees' and Mets' competitive advantage would dissipate in a hurry.
On the one hand, the baseball fan in me doesn't want more teams in New York and fewer franchises in smaller markets around the country. On the other hand, I don't like the fact that the large-market clubs have more resources than everyone else. The solution to this dilemma is that the playing field needs to be leveled one way or the other. Major League Baseball can accomplish this via a free market approach or by capping payrolls at a much lower level and/or re-distributing revenues to a much greater degree. Unfortunately, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago teams are never going to allow the first or third ideas, and the MLBPA won't even hear of the second. Therefore, like it or not, we're just going to have to learn to live with the way things are now (or at least something close to it).
You can read the entire Q&A here.
Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night.