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Tuesday BP, 12/3/19

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Good morning, McCoven!

Apparently non-tendering your good arbitration players is the new market inefficiency?

Tired: Paying free agent veterans across the board in an attempt to ignore the fact that players get screwed monetarily for the vast majority of their early careers and most will never reach the level of receiving a big free agency paycheck.

Wired: Letting top tier free agents sit in the wind until the following year’s draft to avoid giving up a draft pick that will (based on the sheer numbers game) likely not pan out to be as good as the player you could have just signed.

Galaxy brain: Cut ties with your good younger players while they’re still relatively cheap rather than pay them what they’re worth in arbitration so you can drive down the value of talent altogether. Just churn endlessly through other team’s castoffs hoping to strike gold, like a glassy-eyed gambler at a slot machine at four in the morning. And if you don’t? Oh well, starting in 2021 they’ll start handing the World Series trophy to the team with the salary/WAR ratio that most pleases the collective group of billionaires that make up the ownership groups across the league.