Friday, March 21, 2014

Two notable reactions to the Springer send-down

A couple of interesting pieces of which you could possibly, if you want to, give a read...

*Rob Neyer:
It’s the Players Association that has always acquiesced in, and even encouraged, a system that seriously underpays young players and seriously overpays old players. What’s more, while a different system might be more “fair” to the younger players, it’s the current system that allows teams like the Rays to remain competitive. Without an economic structure that doesn’t pay young players what their performance would seem to merit -- and team-friendly deals like Longoria’s and Perez’s -- franchises with low revenues simply wouldn’t be able to compete for more than a few years.

*Grant Brisbee:
Teams that succeed with drafting and development win. Teams that rely solely on free-agent signings don't. You might take exception to the last one, citing the Yankees as a team that used free agents. Except if they don't lose enough to get Derek Jeter, or if they don't draft Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada in back-to-back rounds in the bowels of the same draft, that strategy doesn't work. Spending helps a lot, but it doesn't help without drafting and development first...The reason drafting and development are key isn't because young players are always better than veteran players; it's because young players are cheaper. Cheaper players allow teams to spend more or stay within a finite budget. It's the only thing that gives small-market or small-checkbook teams a chance. Keeping young players around for six years at below-market costs ... that's the real advantage. And every team has the chance to do it.