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By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

October 30, 2007


The midway is open and the carnival barker is walking down, shouting for everyone to step right up, because he's got the biggest and best prize. This is Scott Boras' style, like it or not, and no matter how much baseball teams want to ignore him and his client Alex Rodriguez, the best player in baseball, they can't.

A-Rod is a free agent after opting out of the final three years of his contract with the New York Yankees and leaving $81 million on the table. With the Yankees reportedly ready to tack on another $150 million or so to his current deal, Rodriguez is certain that Boras, the agent everybody loves to hate, can snag him an all-time contract – perhaps upward of $300 million, besting his own record 10-year, $250 million deal with Texas in 2000.

Seven major league franchises are worth less than $300 million, according to April's Forbes, which would seem to take them out of the running. And plenty of others wouldn't dare wade in that pool, knowing the deep end extends about 20,000 leagues.

Here are 10 teams, in order of likelihood, that might make the leap.


1. Los Angeles Angels

Why? There are about 50 good reasons. The Angels need a bat in the worst way. They can move Chone Figgins to any number of positions, opening up third base. Rodriguez would give them instant cachet in Los Angeles. Bartolo Colon's monster salary comes off the books this offseason. True bilingual star in a market lacking one. Everything fits.

Why not? Publicly, owner Arte Moreno balks at devoting too much of his payroll to one player. If there's one player to splurge on, though, it's Rodriguez. Which makes the Angels the favorite.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Why? Pretty much all the reasons the Angels need him. Oh, and they're about to hire Joe Torre, who has managed Rodriguez for the last four seasons.

Why not? Four potential issues. First, though owner Frank McCourt has raised the payroll to about $108 million, the Dodgers still made the second most money in baseball aside from Florida last year, according to Forbes. Which is to say: In baseball terms, he's stingy. Next: After outfielder J.D. Drew opted out of his Dodgers contract after last season, general manager Ned Colletti stopped talking with Boras, his agent. They still aren't speaking. Also: Torre, fully aware of Rodriguez's drama-queen antics, might put the kibosh on. And: The Dodgers have Andy LaRoche, a top prospect, ready to fill the hole at third next season.

3. San Francisco Giants

Why? They need a marquee name to replace Barry Bonds, if, in fact, they're serious about cutting ties with him. Pedro Feliz could move from third base to first. And with Bonds, Armando Benitez and Matt Morris off the books, they've certainly got the payroll flexibility.

Why not? Actually, San Francisco probably is the best fit for Rodriguez. But with the Barry Zito contract looking like a seven-year bust, do the Giants really want to commit to another player for that long – and one who, in a few ways, mimics everything that was bad about Bonds?

4. Chicago Cubs

Why? The Cubs spent $300 million on free agents last season, so what's another $300 million in one fell swoop? Ryan Theriot probably isn't the long-term solution at shortstop, and though Rodriguez likely could play there a few more years, he could move back to third at the end of Aramis Ramirez's contract in 2011 or to first when Derrek Lee leaves after 2010.

Why not? Sam Zell, the new owner of the Tribune Company, will red flag any free-agent dabbling this offseason as he tries to sell the team. A potential $300 million liability, no matter how great the earning power, will probably not be worth it.

5. New York Yankees

Why? He carried them last season, will probably win the American League MVP unanimously and, well, his departure creates a big hole at third base that they can't fill from within. Perhaps most important: They can pay him the most.

Why not? The Yankees have spent so much time talking about how they wouldn't negotiate with Rodriguez if he opted out that even the slightest word of chatter between the two parties would make the Yankees look like fools. And Hank Steinbrenner, in his first months running the team, cannot afford that.

6. New York Mets

Why? To stick it to the Yankees. And because with SportsNet New York turning into a television powerhouse, the Mets now rank third in total revenues behind the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, meaning they can afford him.

Why not? Where does he play? David Wright moving to second base is laughable, and he and Jose Reyes' contracts are too good to move. And even though they could afford him, the Mets don't want their payroll rocketing into the Yankees-Red Sox stratosphere.

7. Detroit Tigers

Why? The Tigers enjoy a great relationship with Boras, and while that never parlays into any kind of a discount, it at least gets them in the conversation.

Why not? No room anywhere, unless the Tigers want to dump Brandon Inge, which, after last season, is wholly possible. Detroit traded for Edgar Renteria this week, so no longer do the Tigers need a shortstop to accommodate Carlos Guillen's move to first base.

8. Boston Red Sox

Why? Mike Lowell's free agency creates a potential hole at third base, and, hey, the Red Sox have tried trading for A-Rod before. With Manny Ramirez's $20 million salary off the books following the 2008 season, Boston could afford A-Rod, too.


Why not? They've got too good a thing going to inject a player who hasn't even made the World Series in any of his 12 full seasons. Anyway, Boston is going to need all the scratch it can put together to keep Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Jonathan Papelbon through their arbitration years. Yes, that's far down the road, but if Rodriguez really wants eight to 10 years, it's an important consideration.

9. Florida Marlins

Why? Florida has been trying to get a new ballpark for years, and A-Rod – a Miami boy – would be the biggest chip yet. Imagine a lineup topped by these four: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Miguel Cabrera, A-Rod. Wow.

Why not? The Marlins are worth $244 million. And even if owner Jeffrey Loria profited $43.3 million last season, according to Forbes – 58 percent more than the next-best team – he has never shown any desire to spend it. Loria makes Scrooge look like a reckless spender.


10. Texas Rangers

Why? They've done it before.

Why not? They've done it before.

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He's so greedy its unbelievable, him and his scumbag prick of an agent can go fUK themselves. The amount of money he's looking for is just absurd, i cant believe he opted out of THAT contract to look for more money.
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He's so greedy its unbelievable, him and his scumbag prick of an agent can go fUK themselves. The amount of money he's looking for is just absurd, i cant believe he opted out of THAT contract to look for more money.
You REALLY cant blame the guy for getting his FUTURE squared away...we have To BLAME THE SYSTEM that has ALLOWED him and MANY Others get away with it..That's the CRIME !!!!!!!!

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Mets Could Make Pitch to Acquire Rodriguez
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Angels and Cubs are considered as the frontrunners to sign him but IMO any owner that gives this @sshole the money he wants (10 years $300 million) is INSANE... the guy is the ultimate spoiled athlete.
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From that list above

Good chances: Angels, Giants, Cubs
Decent chance: Dodgers, Tigers
Will bid for him, but won't sign: Mets, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers
No chance: Yankees, Red Sox

Yankees won't even think of him, Red Sox don't want to sign him and jinx this good run, Mets will probably be interested but I doubt he will stay in NYC. My favorite is the Giants, they have the money, pretty good franchise and they need to find a replacement for Bonds in terms of ticket sales and excitement
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Eight years, $216 million should suffice for A-Rod

Wed Oct 31, 2007

By David Pinto -


The highest paid player in the history of baseball is trying to earn even more money this winter. Alex Rodriguez opted out of the final three years of his 10-year, $252 million contract with the New York Yankees on Sunday night, becoming a free agent.

Major league teams are about to enter a bidding war to lay claim to the years that likely will see A-Rod set all-time records in home runs, runs scored and RBIs. The winner will gather the attention as Rodriguez blows by 3,000 hits.

How does a team put a price on such a player?

Well, Rodriguez's value should be measured against that of other free agents because the market sets their price, not an arbitrator or a basic agreement. Secondly, offense defines Rodriguez's value. His best defensive days are behind him, although playing a tough defensive position does help. But in setting a price, other offensive free agents are the data points.

Thanks to the good people at Baseball Prospects, a good statistic is available to measure offensive production. Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) represents the number of runs a player contributes beyond a replacement player at the same position. Rodriguez led the majors among position players in VORP with a mark of 97. That's seven points higher than any other player. The price paid to last year's free agent class per point of VORP should give us a handle on the worth of Rodriguez.

The data set consists of 31 free agents from the class of 2006-07, valued mostly for their offensive production.

The first step is to determine the value of a replacement-level free agent, the amount teams pay for mistakes. Nine of the 31 players produced a negative VORP in 2007. By definition, these are replacement players. Their average salary provides a baseline for a free agent -- $4.2 million (replacement salary). Some teams waste millions on free agents that perform no better than someone they could pull out of Class AAA.

Of the 22 remaining players, the average price per VORP point calculates to be $220,000. So with a VORP of 97, Rodriguez's VORP salary should be $21.34 million. Combine that with the base, and A-Rod's 2007 salary based on his production works out to be $25.54 million. That's close to the $25.2 million average salary of the recently voided 10-year contract.

Although agent Scott Boras claims to want another 10-year deal for Rodriguez, an eight-year deal makes more sense. That should allow a team to capture Rodriguez setting the all-time home run, RBI and runs records, as well as reaching 3,000 hits. To calculate the value of Rodriguez's production over the next eight seasons, the following assumptions are followed:


Replacement salary and dollars per VORP increase by 10 percent per season.
Rodriguez's VORP declines by 10 percent per season.

The following table uses these assumptions to calculate A-Rod's value in over the next eight seasons. Dollar values in millions; Calculations are done to multiple decimal places and rounded here for clarity. Year Replacement salary $ per VORP A-Rod VORP VORP salary Total salary
2007 $4.20 $0.22 97.00 $21.34 $25.54
2008 $4.62 $0.24 87.30 $21.13 $25.75
2009 $5.08 $0.27 78.57 $20.92 $26.00
2010 $5.59 $0.29 70.71 $20.71 $26.30
2011 $6.15 $0.32 63.64 $20.50 $26.65
2012 $6.76 $0.35 57.28 $20.29 $27.06
2013 $7.44 $0.39 51.56 $20.09 $27.53
2014 $8.18 $0.43 46.39 $19.89 $28.07
2015 $9.00 $0.47 41.76 $19.69 $28.69
Avg. salary, 2008-2015 $27.00


Rodriguez's declining VORP gets balanced by the growth in salaries.

The average value of his production over the eight seasons works out to $27 million per year, not that much more than he earns now. Rodriguez's contract overpaid him until 2007. Should he expect to be overpaid that much again?

The uniqueness of A-Rod's combination of talent makes him valuable. He gets on base, hits for power, runs well, plays a tough defensive position and stays healthy. He just completed his seasonal age 31 and has hit more career home runs than any player through that age. He also already has hit more home runs than any player through seasonal age 32 and needs two more to set the record through age 33.

In a free-agent market driven by supply and demand, the supply of A-Rod's skills numbers one. He is THE-Rod. If Boras can work the demand up to a handful of teams, Rodriguez will blow the $27 million level out of the water.

Rumors placed the Yankees' offer -- which never was formally made -- at $30 million per year, and the Yankees tend to be generous to crowd out other bidders. If other organizations agree with the $27 million per year salary, A-Rod's payday might not meet his lofty expectations.

A-Rod deserves to be baseball's highest-paid player; he just doesn't deserve that much more than he is getting now. As we saw in 2001, however, it only takes one bidder to render calculations meaningless.

David Pinto writes and edits BaseballMusings.com and is a frequent contributor to Sporting News.


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You REALLY cant blame the guy for getting his FUTURE squared away...we have To BLAME THE SYSTEM that has ALLOWED him and MANY Others get away with it..That's the CRIME !!!!!!!!
I agree with you. It's the system, which they need to change. I don't think it's healthy for the sport. Ironically, A-Rod doesn't even produce when October rolls around. Now that's even more pathetic.

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Toledo Mud Hens Offer A-Rod a Deal

The Detroit Tigers’ top farm team, the Toledo Mud Hens, have decided to get in on the bidding war for prized free agent and former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, prompted in part by an offhand comment made by Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s son. Hank Steinbrenner told the NY Post, “Does he want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee, or a Toledo Mud Hen?” Toledo sent A-Rod’s agent a proposal offering the third baseman a bonus for hitting 75 home runs next year and also including a homemade Hall of Fame plaque depicting Rodriguez sporting a Mud Hens hat.

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The Mud Hens ???? What a GREAT name for a 3rd NY Team !!!!!!! :dielaugh:

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The Angels look like they will get him for many reasons.

They have the money, A-Rod wants to play on the west coast, Scott Boras (A-Rod's agent) is from Newport Beach and an Angels fan and most importantly Arturo Moreno the Angels owner said they will go after him.

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A-Rod would be nice to have on the Giants obviously because of his abilities. I'm not even thinking about postseason production that much, but perhaps some of the lack of it in New York was due to such intense scrutiny and pressure. I'm not saying that if we do make the playoffs with him he won't be scrutinized, but the media and fans here in San Francisco will be far more forgiving if he doesn't deliver.

However, more importantly, here is why I don't want him to sign for the Giants: simply put, right now what we need is to rebuild. I feel like spending a huge amount of money on A-Rod is not a wise investment, not necessarily because we won't get a return from him, but because we need to spend that money elsewhere and balance out the team. Signing one great hitter will get us almost nowhere if our other seven hitters are complete crap. It would be a bad fix to our offensive problems. If we could divide up the money we'd spend on A-Rod into a few solid, but maybe a bit less prolific hitters, I think it would be a better way to fix our offense and a better way to support our pretty good pitching rotation.

Though out of the teams that are being mentioned as contenders for his signature, the Cubs are the only one I can really stand and we seem to have a better chance of signing him than they do, so I guess that's a pro.

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Nerv, you forgot to mention that after Zito's $140m contract the Giants will be hesitant to offer A-Rod what he's looking for. Im not saying A-Rod would be a bust like Zito is looking to be but i just dont think the Gnats would splash all that cash on one player instead of rebuilding a roster with the average age of 55.
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Nerv, you forgot to mention that after Zito's $140m contract the Giants will be hesitant to offer A-Rod what he's looking for. Im not saying A-Rod would be a bust like Zito is looking to be but i just dont think the Gnats would splash all that cash on one player instead of rebuilding a roster with the average age of 55.
I think his next contract will be a burden for any ball club, even for a rich club like the Yankees. It is silly to splash all the money on one player, unless he can hit for everyone in the lineup.

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I think his next contract will be a burden for any ball club, even for a rich club like the Yankees. It is silly to splash all the money on one player, unless he can hit for everyone in the lineup.
Well the last GM meetings the consensus was that A-Rod will fall way short of the figure he's asking for so it doesn't look like he will get that $350m contract thankfully.

I cant believe he even has the audacity to ask for such a figure. With that money you could get Andrew Jones, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and plenty of change. The Angels who are looking like frontrunners for A-Rod are not going to pay that, i hope.
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A-Rod derby won't include Marlins

Marlins executive Larry Beinfest said the team won't pursue Alex Rodriguez, but was less forthcoming on trade rumors involving Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

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ORLANDO -- Reporters swarmed Larry Beinfest when he made his way to the lobby of the Hyatt Grand Cypress hotel on Tuesday, surprising the top baseball executive for the Marlins. As someone in charge of building a team with one of the lowest payrolls in the majors, the media-shy Beinfest is accustomed to operating in the quiet recesses of anonymity.

But with a spate of rumors involving several big-name stars swirling around the Marlins -- specifically, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis -- Beinfest wasn't about to get the silent treatment at this week's meeting of general managers.

''I haven't had this much attention since I drove from Montreal to Boston,'' Beinfest joked, referring to the 2001 winter meetings in which speculation was rampant that the Montreal Expos didn't have the funds to purchase a plane ticket for Beinfest, who was that team's interim general manager back then.

Beinfest stamped out one rumor Tuesday, volunteering that the Marlins ''do not plan on speaking to A-Rod or engaging in any type of conversations'' only days after dancing around repeated questions about the Marlins' interest level in Rodriguez.

''[It] probably doesn't make sense to have, potentially, one player take up most, if not all, your on-field payroll,'' Beinfest said of Rodriguez, a free agent who could end up making more in his next contract on a one-year basis than the entire 25-man roster for the Marlins.

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But Beinfest bobbed and weaved when pressed for details on Cabrera and Willis, whose rapidly escalating salaries have led the Marlins to consider listening to trade offers for their two most identifiable players, the only two members of the 2003 World Series team still remaining.

''We're not going to comment on specific players, or trades, or trade rumors,'' Beinfest said, reaching for the stock phrase he typically uses when he does not wish to discuss roster strategy.

Cabrera and Willis could combine to make upwards of $20 million next season, a figure that could eat up to 60 percent of Florida's payroll.

Likely suitors for Cabrera are the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels.

Although placing the lid on the A-Rod speculation, Beinfest, who now carries the title of the Marlins' President of Baseball Operations, pointed to ''challenges'' that come with not having a new stadium and the revenue one generates.

''We have our payroll challenges that we have to meet head on,'' Beinfest said. ``We're going to continue to run a reasonable payroll given our revenues.''

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Asked whether that meant it was inevitable for the Marlins to trade Cabrera before he (along with Willis) becomes eligible for free agency after the 2009 season and his salary soars into the stratosphere, with some estimates ranging as high as $20 million yearly, Beinfest dodged the question.

''I don't have a crystal ball,'' he said. ``I can deal with what's going on now.''

Though there are no definitive plans to trade either Cabrera or Willis, Beinfest said the club has ''identified some players we'd like to look into'' as far as available free agents, with an emphasis on improving defense and starting pitching.

The Marlins also are targeting catcher as a position it would like to shore up defensively.

Last season, Miguel Olivo's aggregate total of 28 errors and passed balls led the majors. Free agent catchers Yorvit Torrealba, Michael Barrett, Paul Lo Duca and Rod Barajas are among those the Marlins are considering

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Torre: `It's possible' A-Rod could join Dodgers, too

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer
November 9, 2007


NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Torre thinks there's a chance Alex Rodriguez could join him in Los Angeles, and the new Dodgers manager sure sounded hopeful.

"It's possible," Torre said Friday, repeating that phrase twice as a small grin crept across his face. "You've got four or five clubs maybe that figure to be in the sweepstakes. There aren't a lot of clubs that are going to be able to pay the money."

Torre walked away from the New York Yankees after 12 seasons as manager last month when they offered him a one-year contract with a paycut. Rodriguez also cut ties with the club, opting out of his $252 million, 10-year contract during Game 4 of the World Series and becoming the biggest prize on the free-agent market.

Now, some think the Dodgers could be a front-runner to land A-Rod, likely to win his third MVP award this month. Torre confirmed the two had a better relationship this season in New York.

"All I know is it was very comfortable for both of us," the manager said. "And I think my being uncomfortable came from the fact that I didn't think he was as comfortable. This year he just seemed to be a different guy in spring training."

Speaking before his Safe at Home Foundation's fifth annual gala, Torre said he was "surprised" Rodriguez opted out of his record deal to seek a new one.

"I really was. But you have to do what you think you need to do," he said.

Torre said he hasn't spoken with Rodriguez recently, but they've exchanged messages.

The Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox are other teams thought to be interested in Rodriguez. His agent, Scott Boras, asked the Yankees to make a $350 million offer just to get a meeting with A-Rod before he opted out of his deal.

The Yankees say they're out of the running.

The Dodgers are a big-market team -- and they could certainly use a big bat. They hit only 129 home runs this season, ranking 15th out of 16 NL clubs, so the 32-year-old Rodriguez would be a perfect fit at third base. He batted .314 with a major league-best 54 homers and 156 RBIs this season, his fourth in New York.

Torre said owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are committed to making the Dodgers consistent winners again.

"All I can tell you, I know the McCourts are certainly dedicated to putting the Dodger franchise on the right track. They understand the pride factor. We talked about that a lot," Torre said. "But again, they're business people. They're certainly going to take into consideration what they can do that makes sense. And the fact that they have a lot of young players certainly could help make their decision, too."

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams were among Torre's former Yankees players who attended the event. Bruce Springsteen was on hand to provide entertainment.

Rivera and Posada, longtime Yankees stars who recently filed for free agency, didn't answer questions from reporters. Jeter said he's talked with both his buddies and is confident they'll stay in pinstripes -- though he said that opinion isn't based on their conversations.

"I just think they'll come back," Jeter said without offering a reason. "Am I worried? No."

The shortstop, who gave Torre a big hug when he arrived, said he hasn't talked much to Rivera and Posada about their baseball plans for the future.

"They have enough people asking them those questions," Jeter said. I don't ever sit down and look at who's going to be there. You'll drive yourself crazy."

Torre took over the Yankees in 1996, Jeter's first full season in the majors. Jeter said he's happy for Torre that he found a new job he's excited about.

"You'll miss him. There's always change," Jeter said. "He's always been sort of Hollywood anyway."

As for Williams, he's not sure if he wants to play again, but he's staying in shape in case someone offers him an enticing opportunity. The 39-year-old former outfielder sat out last season after the Yankees offered him only a minor league deal to come to spring training.

Would he follow Torre to the Dodgers?

"I don't think I have any plans to do something like that," Williams said.



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Well the last GM meetings the consensus was that A-Rod will fall way short of the figure he's asking for so it doesn't look like he will get that $350m contract thankfully.

I cant believe he even has the audacity to ask for such a figure. With that money you could get Andrew Jones, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and plenty of change. The Angels who are looking like frontrunners for A-Rod are not going to pay that, i hope.
It is stupid for a team to pay one player that much money, especially considering there are other 8 players in the lineup. I mean you still need those players to do well in order for A-Rod's one swing mean something. Otherwise, A-Rod can hit all the home runs he wants, but it's only one run at a time. The sport needs a salary cap like any other sports. Otherwise, small market teams will have a hard time competing on a regular basis. You will always see those few teams in the playoffs year in and year out.

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It is stupid for a team to pay one player that much money, especially considering there are other 8 players in the lineup. I mean you still need those players to do well in order for A-Rod's one swing mean something. Otherwise, A-Rod can hit all the home runs he wants, but it's only one run at a time. The sport needs a salary cap like any other sports. Otherwise, small market teams will have a hard time competing on a regular basis. You will always see those few teams in the playoffs year in and year out.
Any other season i would agree with you on the salary cap but this season we had the Rockies and D'backs make it far in the playoffs and they are in the lower third of payroll while teams like the Dodgers, Mets and WhiteSox faltered big time despite a high payroll, teams CAN do well with a low payroll.
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Any other season i would agree with you on the salary cap but this season we had the Rockies and D'backs make it far in the playoffs and they are in the lower third of payroll while teams like the Dodgers, Mets and WhiteSox faltered big time despite a high payroll, teams CAN do well with a low payroll.
Only to a CERTAIN degree...and you're partly right ..Look at Real Madrid with ALL those frikken LUMINARIES and they didnt win crap..

On the Other hand The Old NASL was doomed by one Team..The Cosmos...they were the only ones with the BUYING Power and killed the League ...

In order to be Fair and Square and ALL under the same rules...

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Then its all in the open...the BETTER Team within those parameters will win it all ...

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