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First Pitch: The Difference Between the Haves and the Have-Nots

First Pitch: The Difference Between the Haves and the Have-Nots

As you know, I've written a lot about how MLB's economic system is unfair. Large market teams can spend with no concern about financial risks or dead contracts in the future. Small market teams have to be smart, and have a large group of players that are completely unavailable to them. The difference in payroll is about $100 M from what the mega teams spend and what most small market teams spend. The gap is even starting to grow between large market and mid-market teams.

It seems that people are taking notice. Over the last two days I've noticed three articles that touched on the small market vs large market issues in baseball. Two of the articles were specifically about the issues, while one unintentionally pointed out the advantage that large market teams have.

On Monday, Buster Olney wrote about MLB's financial divide, and how it is creating concern. He pointed out how the Dodgers were able to sign Clayton Kershaw for $30 M per year, but the Braves are fighting to save money o...

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