6 MLB Teams That Will Be Hurt Most By The New CBA
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Yesterday we talked about 6 teams that stand to gain an advantage under the new CBA, Today we explore the 6 teams that were hurt most.
While the news of taxing the higher revenue generating teams will work to bridge the top teams to the mid – market revenue clubs. the abolishing of a 1st RD Draft Pick compensation pick being lost to franchises for having signed one of their Qualifying Offer rejected players will hurt many franchises.
Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Oakland. Colorado, San Diego and Milwaukee all had days in my opinion. The Rays, Twins, Reds and Marlins are not too far from list either, however all of those organizations also are not good shape with the new pact either, however they are not as bad as the top 6 clubs.
The Pirates were already thinking about trading Andrew McCutchen, and this should give a violent shove in that direction.
It will also show that players such as Carlos Gonzalez, Sonny Gray, Charlie Blackmon, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Gerrit Cole, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Nolan Arenado will all be dealt before their Team Control expires. It is the new landscape of the CBA.
I would hate the new CBA as these clubs.
Under the old agreement . these teams may have been more apt to take their chances on a playoff run – sighting at least a 1st RD Draft Pick would be coming back their way should their superstars leave their squads.
(In No Particular Order)
(1) KC Royals: We already discussed them in the top 11 salary clubs being affected by the new CBA
Now it stands to reason that Kansas City should think about doing a rebuild already on the fly. They are already not the same team as they were when they made back to back World Series in 2014 and winning the Fall Classic in 2015. While they reside in a competitive AL Central, this organization has to look further ahead than just 2017.
Hosmer, Cain and Moustakas are only on the books for two more years and Wade Davis has just one campaign left. With the new landscape being known to all teams, the rush to trade everyone at the Trade Deadline in 2017 will be flooded.
The time is ticking on the Royals. Perhaps they could still wait to see how the 1st half of the 2017 season unfolds, but if they are not in a good position for the playoffs, it may be time to reshuffle the deck on their entire Roster.
(2) Pittsburgh Pirates:
While the new Luxury Tax Threshold may stop the Cubs from signing all the players they want in a few years. that is a few more years away. The Cubs are a far superior clu to contend with int he NL Central, and the Bucs simply can’t afford to wait on trading Andrew McCutchen eiher.
What is worse for the immediate future is the likes of star players like Starling Marte, Gregory Polance and Gerrit Cole not being able to be retained. With the constant rise of player salaries even at Arbitration now, guys may only end up in Pittsburgh for 3 – 4 seasons – compared to 6 – 7 if they were to be given at least 1st RD compensation for departure.
It has to be a bit cumbersome for the Pittsburgh fans. 3 straight Playoff Appearances, and a world class Outfield – aided with a lot of young Pitching talent just couldn’t go past the NLDS. Now the Chicago Cubs have built a power house roster to compete with over the next half dozen seasons.
(3) Oakland A’s: Not only all the aforementioned points on players leaving with 1st RD compensation, but Oakland was dealt the news of being gradually taken off the MLB Revenue Sharing Program by 201 as well. Billy Beane won’t be able to spin much in the market as well.
Seattle, and Houston have built nice young squads, and the Angels are about a year away from some salary relief, with the new limits of spending also increasing enough so they can take a run in Mike Trout’s last few years, the AL West. Texas also resides in this Division.
Back to 2012, 2013 and 2014…It wasn’t so bad when the Houston Astros were bad in the Division, and prior to that not in the Division at all. The A’s are facing the hardest uphill battle in the MLB right now. Even Tampa Bay is at least littered with a bunch of young Pitching Prospects, and a lineup of mashers.
(4) Milwaukee is facing the similar challenges the Pirates and Reds are in the NL Central, with the Cubs taking over the reigns. The Brewers are also talking about trading away Ryan Braun, and don’t have as good of a organization of prospects as other teams in their position.
It sucks for the fans of Miller Park, who are religiously packing the yard every season, even though it has been a few years since they were relevant. The Draft Pick compensation is a drag on any players that leave.
(5) Colorado Rockies:
To play in the same Division as the Dodgers and Giants is tough enough, and now they are going to lose out 1st RD compensation for players such as Carlos Gonnzalez, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon in the next few years – should they not be able to extend them.
Colorado hitters still all get paid in Arbitration despite having a Coors Field advantage already.
If i were the Rox brass, I would draft nothing but Pitching in the Draft from now on. Strength in numbers to maybe find a few aces that can pitch in Denver. They could ultimately trade some of their prospects and peacemeal and offense every year. Look how the Free Agent spending goes now…Where crappy 5th starters command $10 MIL a year – and then guys like Chris Carter are non-tendered – and may be a powerhouse offensive force in your own ballpark.
(6) San Diego Padres:
The ‘Pod Squad’ already makes a case that there should be MLB Re_Alignment in the future since they can’t compete with the Dodgers and Giants both being able to have payrolls north of $200 MIL if they wish too, and they can barely crack $100 MIL.
They are further hit by the compensation pact. I am not sure how the MLBPA thought that this would help smaller payroll clubs in the future?
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Posted on December 3, 2016, in MLB Payroll and Contracts and tagged al central, alcides escobar, Andrew McCutchen, billy beane, carlos gonzalez, charlie blackmon, chris carter, cincinnati reds, Coors Field, eric hosmer, gerrit cole, Gregory Polanco, kansas city royals, lorenzo cain, miami marlins, mike moustakas, minnesota twins, New MLB CBA, NL Central, nl west, nolan arenado, o.co coliseum, oakland a's, pittsburgh pirates, san diego padres, sonny gray, starling marte, tampa bay rays, wade davis. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.