With 10 days now until pitchers and catchers report (at least to the Yankees’ spring training), players who are free agents, and still out there, and there are about 120 of them, including about 20 of the top 50, are starting to get antsy.
And accusations are flying.
A few observations.
One. There is a $197MM cap. Guess what. Some teams don’t want to go over that cap anymore. So if you don’t like that, boo hoo hoo.
Teams want to cut back. They are tired of going over that cap and paying a penalty as a result. They want to get under it and re-set the penalty. Nothing wrong with that.
But now players who expected these teams to do what they always did, which is go over the cap, are now facing a rude awakening.
The big spenders aren’t spending anymore since they want to get under the cap. A cap the players’ union agreed to.
It’s called sticking to a budget. Most of us hard-working Americans know what that is like.
So the big spenders, like the Yankees and Dodgers, aren’t spending because they want to get under the cap, esp. w/next yrs. free agent class being better than this year’s.
So with the big markets out of the picture, the players are looking for big market $$$ from the mid-market teams. Good luck with that.
Kind of like asking someone to pay Lamborghini prices when they want to purchase a VW.
It looks like the players are going to have to accept reality and accept mid-market prices, not only from the mid-market teams, but also from the big-market teams who, because they don’t want to go over the cap, can only afford to give out mid-market prices.
Plus, Scott Bora$$ is the agent for many of these players, and Bora$$ usually holds out to the last minute to squeeze every last $$ from franchises. Guess what, Bora$$, they are calling your bluff.