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9 minutes ago, camaro ss said:

The Jays gotta get out of this god dawn division to have a chance at anything. Or make a salary cap.

The league needs a salary cap in a bad way.  It will never happen though as the poorest teams seem to be able to survive somewhat financially.  Money can't buy everything but it can sure easily fill holes on a baseball team.

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On 6/18/2018 at 5:10 PM, Standing_Tall#37 said:

Yea I was aware of the luxury tax, it still doesn’t really seem to slow those teams down though. I basically see it as a chance for the mlb to capitalize off of the value of those franchises. It would be better to see them rework the divisions abit if they could.. but I’m not fully sure how to do that in a way that makes sense either. If we only had to fight one of Boston or NYY for a division title it would give us a fighting chance at a wildcard most years too. 

 

 The other thing they could do is make the playoffs for 8 teams in each league and maybe shorten the season to 155 games or something and have the first 2 rounds as 5 game series. 

I remember watching a Doc on MLB several years ago and the reporter basically made the case that teams with their own TV deals (Yankees with YES and Red Sox with NESN) don't have to worry all that much about the luxury tax.

 

The example used was the Yankees and the reporter basically made the case that the increased revenue generated by big name signings (TV subscriptions, merchandising, etc) more than offset the actual cost of signing a big name FA. (I could be wrong, but I believe the case he was looking at was Mark Texeira)

 

Although the Jays have a similar deal with Rogers, it pales in comparison to what the Yankees, Bosox and Dodgers bring in with their TV contracts. It's always going to be tough to compete with their buying power.

 

That being said, both of the AL East frontrunners have gotten to where they are with drafting and player development. Guys like Betts, Judge, Benintendi and Austin are all home grown. It puts both teams in a position to sign one or two big name free agents to augment their lineups, instead of building the bulk of their teams through free agent signings. Stanton in NY and Martinez in Boston have both been good for their respective teams, but they're pieces of the puzzle, rather than the cornerstones of the franchises.

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4 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

I remember watching a Doc on MLB several years ago and the reporter basically made the case that teams with their own TV deals (Yankees with YES and Red Sox with NESN) don't have to worry all that much about the luxury tax.

 

The example used was the Yankees and the reporter basically made the case that the increased revenue generated by big name signings (TV subscriptions, merchandising, etc) more than offset the actual cost of signing a big name FA. (I could be wrong, but I believe the case he was looking at was Mark Texeira)

 

Although the Jays have a similar deal with Rogers, it pales in comparison to what the Yankees, Bosox and Dodgers bring in with their TV contracts. It's always going to be tough to compete with their buying power.

 

That being said, both of the AL East frontrunners have gotten to where they are with drafting and player development. Guys like Betts, Judge, Benintendi and Austin are all home grown. It puts both teams in a position to sign one or two big name free agents to augment their lineups, instead of building the bulk of their teams through free agent signings. Stanton in NY and Martinez in Boston have both been good for their respective teams, but they're pieces of the puzzle, rather than the cornerstones of the franchises.

Actually, if it weren't for their rich history with those clubs .... I would say the Jays' TV viewship would be as good as, even better, than the Yankees, Red Sox, and maybe Dodgers. The Jays have a whole nation across Canada tuning into one station bring in views, whereas those clubs, only have their own state/area watching.

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