The 2022 MLB season is approaching fast.
The offseason is winding down and it’s time to get going and prepare for the regular season.
Some teams spent big this offseason, while others didn’t do much to improve their rosters.
As Opening Day draws nearer, Spotrac released a list containing all MLB team’s payrolls heading into the new season.
A lot of teams have some high payrolls, while others are near the bottom.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman retweeted this and stressed his opinion that baseball needs a salary floor, saying that if a team’s payroll is half that of the Miami Marlins, it’s probably time to step it up a bit.
When your payroll is half that of the Marlins, you may need to step it up! 3 teams fit that category. Salary floor needed! (Just a soft floor, like the luxury threshold at the top is now) https://t.co/YMQ5VYIQBV
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 24, 2022
How To Stop Tanking
Clearly, the draft lottery that was implemented as part of the new CBA hasn’t really done much to stop tanking.
But Heyman is absolutely spot on here.
A salary floor would be a good way to curb such a practice.
It would also force some owners’ hands and make them more motivated to try and spend some money and make their teams better.
The players wanted a system in which as many teams try and win as possible, adding talent and improving their chances at contention.
That hasn’t exactly happened in the past few years and isn’t quite happening right now.
A salary floor could change that somewhat.
That is likely something that will be discussed when the current CBA expires in 2026.
It was something that was discussed to an extent during the lockout.
This is something that needs to happen in order to create a league where teams aren’t tanking, but rather trying to win and contend for the postseason.
If this happens, it could change things for the better going forward.