When something's broke, I want to put a bit of fixin' on it
We talk a lot about payroll in these parts, because that’s the sort of discussion that erupts when the team you follow supplies both World Series teams with their No. 1 starters.
With that in mind, I suggest you clear 20-30 minutes from your schedule and check out Paul Cousineau’s lengthy, inspired read on MLB’s payroll structure in his latest DiaTribe post.
Paul presents an interesting take on how to alleviate the payroll imbalance that gets points for creativity and, if nothing else, inspires debate.
Of course, it would take a bloodbath in labor negotiations to bring about fundamental changes in the current economic structure. It should be the more realistic hope of Tribe fans that changes are made in the way amateur talent is acquired, because that’s become another embarrasingly unbalanced playing field. To that end, MLB.com did a three-part series last month on how to fix the First-Year Player Draft (you can read that here, here and here). One would also hope changes can be instituted in the international signing market, where big-market teams can afford to throw ungodly figures at unproven commodities.
Anyway, all that reading ought to keep you busy when you’re not out buying your Austin Kearns jersey.