The Pirates have been abusing MLB's slotting system for far too long.

There has been a lot of talk and speculation this year that Major League Baseball could switch to a hard slotting system during the off-season.  If you ask me, that would go a long way to really fixing what's wrong with the game of baseball.

 

Never mind that teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox can go out and spend as much as they want, competing with less than a half dozen teams for the likes of C.C. Sabathia, Carl Crawford, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez.

Let's also ignore the international market, where players can sign right on July 2nd, with the ability to negotiate with every team in the Majors, and no restrictions on their bonus amount.

No, the real problem is that teams l...

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