Go to Hollywood or Broadway, and your food server may be a starving actor. Why? Because the big stars, the ones who sell tickets, are making most of the money. On the other hand, the extras are “a dime a dozen” and have to take whatever they can get.
It’s starting to look like that in baseball. Free agency has made the players free to negotiate and the owners free to pick their “extras.”
Commissioner Manfred admitted that this week:
Good but unexceptional veterans must realize teams find them less valuable in the age of analytics, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred maintained ahead of season openers.
Players have expressed anger following the second straight slow free-agent market, one that saw record deals for top stars and plummeting prices for many journeymen.
“Obviously, what the clubs are saying, the Bryce Harpers, the Mike Trouts, these free agents, Manny Machado, they have tremendous value,” Manfred said Wednesday.
Then he cited the example of a 33-year-old player with 1.0 WAR (wins above replacement) last season.
“That price has been disappointing for some players, but that’s the market,” Manfred said. […]
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