RocketsDWM wrote:Great idea for a thread by the way.
I disagree. From player management side it gives the NL a large advantage.
The AL needs to allocate money to field start 9 everyday players. The NL only needs to field 8 starting everyday players. So NL teams can spend more money on each individual player. This enables an NL Team X, which has the same budget as an AL Team Y, to outbid Team Y, and thereby get the best free agents.
The fundamental flaw with this argument is the assumption that all teams are operating with the same budget. If that were the case, you could argue that AL teams had to allocate less money per player, to field a full team of 9 batters. I could see this being an issue with smaller market AL teams, but for the larger market teams, all its doing is creating more lineup flexibility, and allowing their starting pitchers to go deeper into games without having to be strategically pulled in a double switch. I do think, however, as previously stated, that removal of the DH from the AL would lead to many AL payrolls taking a ride south.