Originally posted by PocketKings
I'm sort of on the fence about this, but I like that they don't just throw money at the young players. It truly has to be earned. No other sport does it this way.
But, two big time players are getting shafted by the scale this year so far. I think they are all overpaid hugely, but these two earned more than this based on comparison to other players co le to form a solid opinion without going back and forth. Just tossing it out for discussion.
What you need to understand is that the union traded this scale off with the owners to get free agency modified. While it is true that some players end up grossly underpaid based on production during their first 4 years of service, if those players are indeed the studs that their numbers would indicate them to be, they will make it up hugely when free agency or the next contract rolls around. If they were a flash in the pan and they can't sustain the production, or owners, they get hurt, then they suffer the consequences and the owners aren't forced to eat their "overpaid" contracts. It is a trade off the players union jumped at and it was a measure to help defend the basic stupidity of the owners from bidding up the salaries worse than they already are. And, when a team tries to do right by these players, and pay them "over the scale" in an effort to endear them to the franchise when their contract does come up for free agency, the players almost unilaterally become forgetful whores and the agents shop them out to the highest bidder. Since that is going to happen the majority of the time, owners have two choices. They can lock them up with very long term contracts based on how they believe they will produce (a big gamble many times), or they can assume they will have to pay when it is time and just follow the scale and take their chances.
Personally, I think the best and most fair way to do things is to eliminate long term contracts altogether. That way, each year the player would be fairly compensated for the upcoming year based on the last year's production. The owner's wouldn't be breaking the bank eating contracts form players who went to pot, or were permanently injured. They would willing pay them for the one year. The players union would not agree to this because their members want long term protection from injury and from having to move their families or be away from their families as much. Also, if you had to play to make your money for the next season, then you would see nearly as many of the prima donnas sitting out because of a headache or a hangnail. Again, the players union would never go for this, so the point becomes moot.