- Jul 15, 2005
Everything you say here is true, but it's all about context. The teams actually can afford to spend a lot more on payroll, the CBA institutes penalties that make it hard to do so over certain levels. More importantly, there is no corresponding market correction for younger players, paying them closer to what they're worth as they contribute more and more value in the pre-arb years.I'm definitely seeing this as a market correction. There's not too many teams that has the space to pay what some of these not quite superstars are asking for... and some of the teams don't match up with those players. I don't see how in the world AJ Pollack is worth more than $15M per season, no matter what WAR says. Kimbrell to me isn't worth that. If the idea is to put forth a competitive team year in and year out, you can't be top heavy on contracts... a bad contract can make the team uncompetive for years instead.