Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Charlie Finley Plan
On my 5 hour drive to Los Angeles yesterday afternoon I had more than enough time to figure out how to accommodate the owners and the PA so summer league can get underway tomorrow.
I had ESPN 710 dialed in allowing Max Kellerman to be in on the war room, as well. As the two of us discussed what to do regarding revenue sharing among small and big market teams, he brought up Charlie Finley - owner of the Oakland A's during their heyday of the 1970s - and his ideas regarding collective bargaining agreements in major league baseball.
I'm going to paraphrase and put in layman's terms CF's plan mostly because I'm not smart enough to understand all the minute details. Also, it won't take as long to type.
So, essentially, here's what he said:
Let every player be a free agent every year. This way every player gets a decent and fair contract based on their fair market value and production from the year before.
Now, I understand this is no way a perfect (or maybe even viable?) idea but it's worth considering. This eliminates ridiculous long-term contact busts (see Brian Cardinal), helps solve the problem of revenue sharing because owners will theoretically save money, increases competition among players, and overall yields a fun (albeit different) league.
I want to know what you guys think. Does this make any sense at all? Is this ridiculous or are we possibly on to something here? Comment away and let's get this thread/brainstorming going.
Posted by Jordan Durlester at 9:18 AM