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Dave Cameron
12:54
The standards for starting pitchers will have to change. He's nowhere near Mussina, who can't get inducted.
Jake
12:55
Won't that hurt them when they try to sell the team? When prospective buyers see how many payments are due to players who aren't even on the team
Dave Cameron
12:56
Yeah, in general, debt on the books lowers the value of the asset. But they can hope that there are so few MLB teams available for sale that the prospective buyers won't care about that and will be buying into a market where the Nationals might be the only sellers.
Brendon
12:58
I guess deferred contracts could be seen as a way to maximize potential during contention windows if you don't think you can contend every year. I.e. pay "big" dollars for high priced players and backload the contract so that you are paying for them during rebuilding years. This would be one way to make it so that you can get more WAR/$$ in the current year by increasing your payroll during rebuilding years when you would have a low payroll anyway.
Dave Cameron
12:59
To some degree, yes. For owners who have cash flow issues (or don't want to spend out of non-team revenues), then yeah, they're borrowing from future payrolls to finance today's payrolls. But deferrals don't do anything to luxury tax calculations, so there's a limit to the benefit, since if you push it too far, you'll end up paying an exorbitant tax on the overage.
CaptainPeanutbutter
12:59
Do you have any thoughts on the Brendan Rodgers topic (KATOH v. prospect rankings)?
Dave Cameron
1:00
I think Rodgers is a perfect example of why KATOH is useful. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of sticking with a player's evaluation from before the draft until forced to do otherwise. Rodgers simply hasn't performed like a legitimate elite prospect yet. That doesn't mean he definitely isn't one, but there are real reasons for concern, and those don't seem to be showing up in the consensus rankings right now.
Rob Manfred
1:01
We need to speed up pace of play for the current generation, let's save seconds by getting rid of the IBB. That way more people will see our 3 minutes of commercials between pitching changes at 11:48 PM EST on a Tues. night. That will help grow the audience of baseball.
Dave Cameron
1:01
"How can I complain about not being able to watch this thing I've never wanted to watch, that adds nothing to anyone's enjoyment, and serves no purpose?"
DD
1:04
I saw a report that MLB is allowing streaming for some local markets I'm excited about it http://awfulannouncing.com/local-networks/rob-manfred-says-market-streaming-deals-close-three-mlb-teams.html
Dave Cameron
1:04
These in-market streaming deals just mean that you can't watch MLB.tv in market if you have a cable subscription.
They don't do anything for cord cutters.
CaptainPeanutbutter
1:04
I thought KATOH was harsh on him til I saw the park factors Rodgers plays in. For those who don't have time to look them up for each minor league park, I think that addition makes them a super useful tool in looking at players.
Dave Cameron
1:05
I think it can be tough to visualize how insane some of these minor league environments are.
Because the spread in environments in MLB is so much more narrow.
But there are some ridiculous ballparks in the minors.
Philip Christy
1:05
The Dodgers haven't broken 100 wins once.
Dave Cameron
1:06
Who cares? There are significant diminishing returns on every win over 95. Why do you care about margin of division title victory?
Alright, the wife just called and said she needs help with the two year old, so I'm off to be a dad for a little bit.
1:07
Thanks for hanging out everyone. If you're at Sloan this weekend, come say hi.
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