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A new dynamic is in play."On the heels of an off day that included a significant piece of news دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday evening. Atlanta’s performance in Philadelphia left plenty to be desired but, in the series opener against the Cubs, the Braves righted the ship to provide a bit of optimism for the second face-off. This time around, however, there is something new to consider in that Chicago will deploy a left-handed starting pitcher in Jon Lester. Atlanta has not faced off against a lefty (at least at the outset of a game) this season and, considering some of the preseason rumblings surrounding lineup deployment, it will be quite interesting to see what Brian Snitker and company elect to do. Will Ozzie Albies be in the lead-off spot? Could Johan Camargo be in the lineup, either in a corner outfield spot or otherwise? What other changes could arise?Those answers will arrive shortly but, in the “things we already know” department, the Braves will send Julio Teheran to the mound for his second start of the young season. Teheran’s debut wasn’t flawless by any means but there were signs of life in the veteran’s arm and it will be intriguing to see how he responds against a potent Chicago offense. From a Las Vegas perspective, the Braves actually enter this contest as a small favorite (-115) and that can often be instructive as to how the game may play out on the field. Still, weird things happen in baseball and there is no only one way to find out how it ends. Stay tuned throughout the day (and evening) for all the latest. Game InfoTime/Date: Wednesday, April 3, 7:20 pm ETLocation: SunTrust ParkTV: Fox Sports Southeast, ESPN (Streaming: Fox Sports Go)Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network It’s not small market teams that are the primary reason for the slow offseason"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceScaling the RocksTanking, the luxury tax, and the slow offseason New,86commentsIt’s not small market teams that are the primary reason for the slow offseason Tanking, the luxury tax دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, and the slow offseason If you’ve read anything about baseball this winter, you’ve probably read about baseball’s second consecutive brutally slow offseason. In an era of record-high revenue, teams are eschewing large free-agent contracts, leading to lower payrolls and a record number of unsigned veterans. Everyone is mad, tensions are high, and people have started to seriously discuss the possibility of a strike in the near future. It’s a crisis, according to some—or at least it’s going to be soon.would have spent if they had continued to raise their payroll at previous, league-average rates. The final column is the difference—or the amount by which each team cut their payroll after the CBA was implemented. If a team is spending more than they would be projected to otherwise spend, you see the number in brackets.The takeaways here are striking. The top half of teams account for 84% of the unspent free-agent money, while the bottom half of teams account for only 16%. Of course, that includes some teams who probably aren’t influenced by the tax at all, but even if we isolate ourselves to only those teams affected by the luxury tax—the Yankees, Dodgers, etc.—they account for well over half the unspent money.These numbers aren’t perfect. They reflect historical spending and not market size (the Astros, who call the fourth largest city in the United States home, show as a bottom-half spender), and some of the spending decline is clearly tied to competitive windows (e.g. the White Sox, Royals, and Orioles). But broadly, the trends stand out. For instance, seven of the ten teams that have increased their spending over projections are small or medium-market teams. Only three are big-market teams دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, and two are the Nationals and Cubs, who have both indicated that they would have spent more if the tax hadn’t been in place.And what about the tankers? Since 2011, only five teams have never been in the top half of spending in any single year. I present to you, the no good, very bad tankers:The TankersTeam2019 Payroll"Projected" PayrollDifferenceTeam2019 Payroll"Projected" PayrollDifferenceYep, the usual suspects. The Padres, the Pirates, the A’s, the Marlins, and the Rays. And yes, they have spent less money than they would have without the CBA—but not by much. Together, they account for about 15% of the unspent money in free agency, which is exactly the same as the team topping this list, the New York Yankees.That the tanking teams haven’t had much to do with declining free-agent spending makes sense. Baseball has always had a small-market lower class that doesn’t spend much money. That part isn’t new. What’s new is the frugality shown at the top of the market, where we’re used to seeing a free-agent arms race. The Dodgers could have signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $100 million-dollar contract, and they still wouldn’t have come close to touching their 2015 payroll.So, besides the fact that tanking teams aren’t the main issue here, what does this all mean?I’ll start by saying what I don’t think this means. This doesn’t mean that the luxury tax is the only factor at play. I would place a lot of blame on the salary structure that artificially depresses wages before players hit free agency, enabling many teams to load up on young talent at below-market rates. This also doesn’t mean that the owners are right. The Rays, Marlins دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
, A’s, Pirates, and Padres could all spend more money. None of them are run by paupers.What I think this means is that baseball fans should understand the equities of the two sides, and be a little suspicious of them, too. Both the players and the owners have a vested interest in swaying public opinion. Salary caps are popular and tanking teams aren’t, so of course the players are going to blame it all on the Marlins. But make no mistake: players have always fought the luxury tax, and they’re going to push for its repeal in 2021. The owners, meanwhile, are going to highlight how much players make (“millions to play a kids game!”), compare Scott Boras to Imelda Marcos, and bury any mention of how much they might be profiting off this system. Wherever your sympathies lie, neither side is being entirely faithful to the truth.I think this also means that baseball fans should fiercely guard the luxury tax when contemplating what changes to make during the next round of negotiations. Like many non-Yankees fans, I spent years dreaming of a salary cap, and I think the luxury-tax-with-teeth we now have is fantastic. Without it, Manny Machado would be a Yankee and Bryce Harper would be a Dodger, and I am very happy that’s not the case. But I also think the luxury tax is contributing to the steep decline in player salary, and I think the steep decline in player salary is bad. We should make some serious changes to ensure that player salary keeps pace with revenues while being mindful not to forget about the progress we’ve made.Tanking isn’t the problem, and the luxury tax is working. But additional changes to the system are needed (Earlier free agency? A salary floor?) to ensure that the luxury tax’s unintended consequences don’t lead to its demise.
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