When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement came out during the 2011-2012 off-season, I wrote about a lot of the downsides for small market teams. At the time the downside was somewhat debatable. We didn't see how the new system would impact the Pirates at the time. There was some debate over whether the new system would hurt small market teams. Some argued that eventually teams like the Yankees and Red Sox could take their big spending to the draft and the international markets, and take away the Pirates' only avenue for acquiring young potential impact players.
Here's what we knew at the time: small market teams had no chance at adding star players through free agency. Their only hope was that they could draft and develop a big impact guy, or sign a future impact guy out of the international ranks. They could spend whatever amounts of money they wanted in those areas, and even the highest spending teams were only spending a fraction of some of the biggest free agent contracts.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.