Weekend Debate: Free Agency and the Salary Question
Well, this week featured quite a flurry of moves among Major League Baseball. Brian McCann traded in his tomahawk for pinstripes while Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran changed their addresses to Yankee Stadium. Curtis Granderson packed his bags and took the subway from the Bronx to Queens. Then, in the biggest stunner of the offseason, top free agent Robinson Cano flew across the country to sign a mega deal with the Mariners. And of course, these were just the most notable of several signings that took place over the past week.
While Ducks and Atlantic League fans will still have to wait a little longer before transactions start occurring among the eight-team circuit, baseball fans in general were treated to a very entertaining week. However, despite all of the excitement, one issue once again rose to the forefront of the discussion: the amount of money professional players are being paid. Major League Baseball is the only league of the four major sports that does not use a salary cap, leading players like Cano to receive $240 million dollars over 10 years and Ellsbury to earn $153 million over seven. Big leaguers are continuing to receive huge contracts for long periods of time, often because they are the best player on the market at the time. However, do they really deserve that much money? Is that salary justified?
On the opposite end of the spectrum, minor league baseball features players at times making less than $1,000 a month at lower levels of play, leading to questions about why they don’t get paid higher salaries. There’s no question, all fans have an opinion on baseball salaries. Some say they should be higher, some say they should be lower. What’s your opinion? What is the right compensation structure for professional baseball players from the lowest levels of the minor leagues right up to the Major League level?
Let us know what your perfect salary structure would be if you were creating your own league. You can leave your thoughts in the comments section, and we might even post some of the responses next week. Also, be sure to vote in the Fowl Poll on the bottom right of the page whether or not you think Major League Baseball should institute a salary cap.
Posted on December 7, 2013, in Weekend Debate and tagged Atlantic League, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Long Island Ducks, Major League Baseball, Mariners, Mets, Minor League Baseball, Robinson Cano, Salary, Salary Cap, Yankees. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.