What did you say!? You heard me, I support a salary cap for baseball. Hold on, before you go into ultra shock, and send scathing emails my way, allow me to follow through with my thought. I support a baseball salary cap for the first year player draft. I was recently reading up on the faceoff blog about the issue of a salary cap in baseball, which has come to a head because the Yankees swept the free agent market this off season. This always brings heat from small market teams who wish there was a way to afford people like Teixeira, without having to pay hundreds of millions. Personally, I think the idea of a salary cap at the major league level is absurd. There's many ways to build a team, and free agency is just one of them. The only legitimate response I heard about this was from Josh Thomson who gave this example:
"Take Rick Porcello, the hard-chucking righty from northern Jersey. He had top-five or top-10 talent heading into the 2007 draft yet fears about the money he would demand (yes, folks, Scott Boras was involved) scared the poorer teams away. They simply couldn’t afford to draft an 18-year-old that had never played a college game, much less a pro game. So Detroit got him 27th overall because it could pay him what was then the largest contract ever given to a draft pick. Oh, that’s all. So now Porcello is considered one of, if not the, best pitching prospects in baseball. Everyone knew he had that ability, but many couldn’t afford to pay for it."
It's true that many teams pass on players in the draft, because they'll be too pricey, and that's where I see a problem. So, let's put a salary cap on the draft. It can work one of two ways, either teams can only spend x amount during the first year player draft, or players drafted in the first year player draft can make a maximum of x amount of dollars. I like the former idea better, because it brings all the teams to the same level, and frankly that level should be fairly low. I don't know why Andrew Brackman is making $4 million and has a roster spot, when he hasn't thrown a single pitch at a meaningful level of baseball. Personally, I think that roster spots shouldn't be allowed as part of the first year player draft contracts. That should be abolished. This would level the playing field even more. It also would probably help a lot of small market teams in that their drafted players would likely take multi-year contracts instead of going through arbitration every season when they reach pro-ball. Reasonable, yet well paying contracts like the ones Tampa Bay gives. So there's the Respect Jeter's Gangster salary cap idea. A good idea or a great idea? Only time will tell.