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Giancarlo Stanton: ‘All teams have plenty of money’

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The other day, when Derek Jeter made a public appearance at the owners’ meetings, he talked about how the Marlins are losing money, necessitating serious budget cuts. “It’s an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time,” the Marlins CEP said, “so we have to turn that around.”

Sadly, no one asked him right after that why he just joined in to pay over a billion bucks for this money-losing endeavor. I guess everyone thought it’d be rude to rub his financial irresponsibility in his face.

Haha, just kidding. Everyone knows that Jeter is no dummy. He bought a major league franchise because he, like every other owner, knows that they are licenses to print money. No claim that a baseball team is losing money, year-over-year, should be taken at face value. Just ask Jeff Loria, Jeter’s predecessor, who managed to find all manner of ways to make money off of his franchise that, somehow, did not show up in final numbers he would talk about yet never publicly reveal (do a word search for “Double Play Company”). But even if they do lose money in annual cash flow, these franchises have appreciated at preposterous rates over the years, ensuring an eventual windfall.

Giancarlo Stanton knows this. The man who Derek Jeter is going to trade because of all the money he makes is unfazed by Jeter’s claims or the claims of teams which say they are unable to take on his $295 million contract. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

That is to say that Stanton, who led the league with 59 homers and 132 runs batted in, wants to play for a contender, which the Marlins aren’t, even with him. But did he really think the new Miami ownership, plotting to cut deeply into payroll, would make any significant pitching moves that would satisfy him?.

“I’m not entirely sure, to be honest,” he said. “But I know all teams have plenty of money.”

Some more than others, of course. “Yes, that’s true,” he said. “But plenty, nonetheless.”

Someone will, eventually, pony up for Stanton. It will cost them a lot of money, yes. But they have it.

Tony Clark: Universal DH ‘gaining momentum’ among players

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Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark met the press late this morning and covered a wide array of topics.

One of them: free agency, which he referred to as being “under attack” based on the slow market for free agents last offseason.

“What the players saw last offseason was that their free-agent rights were under attack on what has been the bedrock of our system,” Clark said. He added that they “have some very difficult decisions to make.” Presumably in the form of grievances and, down the road, a negotiating strategy that seeks to claw back some of the many concessions the union has given owners in the past few Collective Bargaining Agreements. CBAs, it’s worth noting, that Clark negotiated. We’ve covered that territory in detail in the past.

Of more immediate interest was Clark’s comment that the idea of a universal designated hitter is, among players, “gaining momentum.” Clark says “players are talking about it more than they have in the past.” We’ve talked a lot about that as well.

Given that hating or loving the DH is the closest thing baseball has to a religion, no one’s mind is going to be changed by any of this, but I think, practically speaking, it’s inevitable that the National League will have the DH and I think it happens relatively soon. Perhaps in the next five years. The opposition to it at this point is solely subjective and based on tradition. People like pitchers batting and they like double switches and they like the leagues being different because they, well, like it. If the system were being set up today, however, they’d never have it this way and I think even the DH-haters know that well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dislike a universal DH, but it does mean that you can’t expect the people who run the game to cater to that preference when it makes little sense for them to do it for their own purposes.

Anyway, enjoy convincing each other in the comments about how the side of that argument you dislike is wrong.