FanGraphs Audio: The Ongoing Matter of Remuneration in Baseball

Episode 725
Managing editor Dave Cameron is the guest on this edition of the pod, during which he discusses the topic of remuneration for, like, the whole time.

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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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I was thinking about this. Jerry Seinfeld said we’re all just rooting for laundry.

My idea:

1. No more free agency. All players stay with their team until traded or released.
2. Players get 50% of revenue. Not MLBAM money, most likely, but half of the 10 billion or so generated by MLB games and such.
3. All teams pay 1/2 their revenue into a pool that gets divided up for the players.
4. Players are all paid $1 million base, which can go up a bit every year.
5. The rest of the players’ money is paid based on their WAR. This could be the mean of their fWAR and their bWAR.

No more incentive to keep players in the minors extra time. Fans can root for players on their team, for most of that player’s career. Players get their fair share of revenue they help generate. Agents role reduced to marketing their players. Owners get happy fans, who generate more revenue. Players pay based on their performance.

Big market teams still make the most money. Smartest teams should do the best. Older players not penalized because younger players are cheaper.