It was a winter of discontent for MLB free agents annually before, the procedure moving at a snails pace and dragging nearly three months to the season. Their agents and players cried collusion on the part of the owners, and you may wager the system will be a major portion of modifications when the Collective Bargaining Agreement pops up that the MLBPA desires.
Welcome to a completely different ballgame — no pun intended — at front offices in which accounting and analytics take precedence. In the end, teams not only doled out cash for free agents, they also spent cash locking up homegrown talent and well likely see a lot of the same that this offseason.
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