According to FoxSports.com, the current collective-bargaining agreement, which produced nearly $450 million in revenue sharing last season, can only go so far with helping the "poorer" teams of MLB.
Teams such as the Yankees, and Red Sox simply have to much money for other teams to compete with.
Aren't you jealous?
But if the current CBA, which expires after the 2011 season, is re-structured with the addition of a salary cap, although the biggest free-agents on the market would rather play in New York than Kansas City, the off-season would be a fair competition on the financial level.
The Yankees would be unable to flaunt their money. They'd be unable to "buy" players, which included signing Mark Teixeira to a $180 million dollar deal or signing CC Sabathia to a seven-year, $161 million dollar contract, the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history.
Although the players’ union, which remains the strongest in professional sports, may never allow this, a salary cap makes the most sense.
While the luxury tax in baseball has been providing teams like the Tampa Bay Rays money to improve their franchise, it's a rarity to witness a team like the Rays succeed without the aid of a salary cap. The Rays had been the laughing stock of the league for years, but over those years, they received money from high-salary teams like the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox via the luxury tax.
For years, the Rays finished last in the AL East and improved drastically through the draft, by selecting top prospects, such as Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Josh Hamilton, and David Price, while the list goes on and on.
But even for the Rays, unable to re-sign Crawford to a long term deal, there run atop the AL East is going to end, and most likely, Crawford will be patrolling the outfield for the Yankees at the start of next season.
The biggest obstacle would be getting the players union to agree, but once that hurdle is jumped, there is no major planning involved in adding a salary cap.
MLB will select a salary cap number, and the teams will oblige.
Until a salary cap is part of the game, the Yankees will continue to dominate the free-agent market, and throw millions of dollars to the biggest names in baseball.
And until something changes, remember, they are only playing by the rules.
Please, do me a favor, and don't blame the Yankees. They are not doing anything wrong.