I see many flaws in this system of "protecting" players. I assume it has been this way for years, and has not kept up with the hugely expanding farms and the lack of being able to hide a player...(Internet stats, Huge scouting budgets).
The abuse comes from teams that either have a super thin farm or teams that ship out talent via trade every year. It takes away potential depth from teams that they may need throughout an entire season...(Mainly bulpen help from injury or flat out busts).
With teams hitting almost $275,000,000 a year in salary and tax, taking a player for $300,000 is not even an issue. Some teams are continual abusers and others the habitually abused.
I have a few suggestions on a system that I think is flawed. Not all or nothing, but one or a combo of partials.
- Expansion to at least 45 if not 50. You have 25 active and 25 protected.
- Add one year of non roster protection. (Or limited number of one year bonus exeptions).
- Penalties through payment, draft picks, or return if qualifications are not met of players taken. Like in Rule 5 drafting.
I think it is an unfair system to some teams and a supermarket for others to go shopping in. I have a bunch of others, but maybe yall have some good thoughts on this and I'd appreciate some feedback on it.
I'm new to this and it is my first post. Thanks.