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jdh wrote:What I think they should do is allow the Expos to have a salary that is the average salary of all 30 other teams. Give them operating expenses, plus that league average salary, then set the team into a blind trust, and prevent Selig, Steinbrenner and company from meddling with the Expos free agent signings, etc. MLB ordering the Expos to trade Colon last season was just the most ridiculous example of other owners meddling in the operations of the team.
jdh wrote:Well, the problem is that the MLB owners had every opportunity to contract the Expos last season before they agreed to the new collective bargaining agreement. When they signed the new agreement barring contraction, they did so in full knowledge of the fact that they would be paying to operate the Expos for an indefinite period. So yes, they should be forced to pay for the Expos to resign those players, since they basically agreed to that in averting the strike last year.
ramble2 wrote:How about this idea.
All the money that is received as part of the luxury tax or MLB revenue (as opposed to team revenue) that a team does not use for payroll or other operating expenses ought to go to the Montreal Expos. I'm not a huge Steinbrenner fan, but I do respect that he's willing to pony up if Cashman can convince him that it's a good investment. The owners that make me the angriest are those that simply pocket the money they receive as part of MLB distribution and luxury tax (I'm looking at you, KC and Minnesota ... (although maybe these teams are now using that money, I don't know about this year)). This would put pressure on those deadbeat teams to spend money on the product they put on the field.
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