12:37 PM - January 23, 2014 by MMChrisS
Major League Baseball's new posting system rules were supposed to even the playing field for access to Japanese baseball talent. By placing a limitation on the maximum price for access to negotiate with these stars and their Japanese clubs, the Houston's and Miami's of the world could have equal footing with baseball's deep-pocket organizations.
Equal access, however, does little to buffer the real clout of contract negotiations -- who can afford the biggest contract? The New York Yankees proved that to still be true as they locked down Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka with a seven-year $155 million deal (which will essentially pay him half of what the entire Houston Astros starting nine will make in 2014).
Money spent, however, doesn't always guarantee wins and a salary cap wouldn't promise that clubs like the Astros could even afford to hit the maximum amount each year -- it would only limit the star power of the organizations that can. The MLB proved they're willing to adopt change by expanding replay for this year. Perhaps it's time for baseball to complete the modern progression by joining their basketball and football brethren with a salary cap structure to promote league balance.
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