Here’s a tidbit that came across the wire (read MLB Trade Rumors) this weekend, from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Gavin Floyd of the White Sox “continues to be a focus of teams looking for one more starter,” Cafardo writes. “He could be in play for the Blue Jays or Red Sox. The White Sox don’t appear eager to move Floyd, but general manager Kenny Williams wouldn’t be shy if it brought him a decent bounty in return.”

No word on what Floyd’s cousin thinks of all this.

So… there’s that.

He adds some interesting stuff from his chat with Scott Boras, who was in New England for MIT’s Sloan Conference this week. Boras “thinks that because the superpowers in baseball are going to save money on the luxury tax and can’t spend it in the draft because of restrictions in the new Basic Agreement, trade-deadline activity will decrease in time.”

Cafardo continues that the super agent “figures the savings will simply be profit because the money can’t go toward scouting and player development.”

“Not only will the Red Sox and Yankees benefit by paying no luxury tax if they stay under $189 million by 2014, they also will see a significant decrease in the amount of revenue sharing they must pony up,” he adds. But there will be no place for those clubs to put the saved money, due to the strict penalties on clubs spending over their draft allotment.”

“Any team now that is a successful team annually and says, ‘We’re about player development,’ well, their entire player development budget is going to be about $6 million-$7 million a year. And that’s not a team that’s entirely about player development when you’re making $400 million-$500 million a year,” Boras explains. “It’s just something that has really taken one of the most important aspects of our game – which is scouting – and put it in the back seat for almost 12-13 teams, really, and the most successful teams. The consequences of that are really detrimental to the franchises that create a great part of the economic success of the game.”

Comments (12)

  1. Yeah……

  2. I believe it is Floyd’s wife’s cousin.

    But I could be wrong.

  3. Turns out it was neither, as I recall.

  4. I’ll take whatever we have over having to give up anything for Floyd. Our strength is pitching and if we need some it will probably be there this season.

  5. i seem to recollect stoeten suggesting that the blogger looked honest

  6. Michael Garncarz: Fuck ya

  7. And yet somehow, apparently, you don’t also recollect the massive amounts of skepticism through which I put forth all information about that guy. How entirely classless of you.

  8. I think I would have rather a Sloan “Motor City Maniacs” pic/video to Gavin Floyd for this post (Sloan conference, cmon its a gimme) 

  9. Give it to Boras, he makes great points there.

  10. Boras has a vested interest in opposing the new CBA. I’m not saying he’s wrong, but I’d like to hear a knowledgable person rebut his points.

    Boras was going to rail against that, whether it’s good for baseball or not, because it’s bad for Scott Boras. The new CBA acts as a ,de facto salary cap. And judging by the actions of the super teams, it’s a pretty effective one at that.

    So what if it means more profits for those teams. What do I care if the Yanks or the Sox make more money every year? It’s going to restore the competetive balance more then any other CBA before it. Now THAT’S good for baseball.

  11.  Not sure how it’s going to restore competitive balance at all. 3-4 years out teams like the Rays will be totally fucked. The one area where they could compete was in the draft. They’ve been shafted. The sad thing it wasn’t even teams like the Yankees and Sox making a stink about it, but shit fuck, cheap ass, owners like Jerry Reinsdorf.  

    Even at the luxury tax level teams like the Yankees are going to be outspending teams like the Rays 3 or 4 to 1. You say the CBA is like a salary cap but that’s pretty meaningless when the disparity is so large. That’s like saying we’ll only kill you with 2 bullets instead of 6. Doesn’t matter, you’re dead, there’s no competitive balance there. If a team like the Yankees need to fill a hole they’ll just go out and buy it, tax be damned. Teams like the Rays won’t be able to do that. Also by paying less money into revenue sharing it decreases the pot for teams like Rays on the other end so they lose again.

    It will take some time to show, but when it does things will be far worse. If they wanted to come even close to the competitive balance they would have let the bottom teams continue to rise with the draft (which is still no sure thing) and put a stiff luxury tax in place (like they’ve done). Hopefully by the time the cracks in the CBA show it will be time for a new one and they fix it.

  12. what do you expect? look at my screen name

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