The other leagues all basically have 4 or 5 years before the big money really kicks in. Baseball is longer at 6 years, but it isn't that far off, and arbitration starts after 3 years so players can get more than rookie deals sooner in the sport
I donít understand how theyíre giving guys $40 million per year, and then a couple days later locking out the players.
I guess the surprising thing is that from what Iím reading, the owners are OK with leaving the status quo in place, whereas the players want large changes. I would have expected ownership to be at least threatening a hard cap or increasing luxury tax penalties.
I expect the players want to redo the front end of contracts. Too many players have to play through their prime before they can get their first big contract. Then team are not willing to pay them for their past prime like they used to.
I think thatís a big factor too.
Hopefully the owners put their foot down about it. Changing arbitration rules and front end of their contracts so players can leave earlier would be really bad for the competitive balance in the sport, whatever is left of it.
Being able to hang onto these players is what the small market teams have for a competitive window before the Yankees or the Dodgers offer them some $500 million contract. If youíre not willing to do a hard cap then you canít let this go
Completely disagree. I want it so players can get paid in their Prime.
It is up to the league to make it so smaller markets can compete in terms of money. All the other Major sport in the USA has figured it out.
Baseball also have minor league and will keep players down there longer until they are close to their prime. Even when the player is ready, they will wait till later in the season so as to not count the current season on the 6 year clock.
So in basketball, the 5 year clock starts when they are 19-22. In baseball, probably 24-25?
NFL won't even let players in for 3 years past high school though. They then have a 4 year very low contract with a 5th year at below market rate (though higher - similar to arbitration) at least for 1st round picks. Most MLB players hit free agency in their mid 20's, which is later than NBA or NFL, but not appreciably. The elite MLB guys also get fairly large signing bonuses that cover some of the early pay and often sign long term contracts getting rid of the arbitration period.
For example, Ronald Acuna Jr. Entered the league at 21 in 2019. He made 1 million in 19 and 20. This past season he made 5 million. Next year i.e. his 4th year at age 24, he will make 15 million. In 2023, 24, 25, and 26 he will make 17 million each season. The Braves have team options for 2027 and 28 both at 17 million (cutting him costs them 10 million). He will reach free agency at age 31 in 2029, but will have been paid over 100 million dollars. Acuna signed earlier than most to get more money up front, but that isn't the typical. The typical is someone more like Mike Trout.
Mike Trout entered the league at age 20 in 2012 and made just under 500k that first year. He was just over 500k in year 2, 1 million in year 3, 6 million in year 4, 16 million in year 5, 20 million in year 6, and then entered free agency in year 7 at age 26 when he signed his 12 year, 426 million dollar contract.
As a comparison, Patrick Mahomes this season is making just 7.4 million in his 5th year. His big contract starts next year when he is 27 in year 6.
I agree with you that baseball teams get too cute with years of service and that should be changed as there should not be a financial incentive to have to wait a month to call someone up to avoid paying them earlier, but as for the rest, I'm not sure the baseball guys are really that far behind the NFL guys. NBA is a bit different because they enter the league so young and only have 4 years before the big money kicks in, but NFL not much different really.