I guess its not really a CBA issue.. but if teams could find a way to cut down on the injuries in todays game.. that would help with saving money. I understand the increase in pitcher injuries because everyone throws 95+ now. But why is there so many more hamstring, groin, quad, oblique injuries now compared to 20 years ago. I dont even remember hearing the term oblique when I started following baseball. Or sports hernia. Im sure they existed but it was much rarer.
Having a star like Trout out not only wastes the most of the 37M hes being paid this year.. and probably decreases fans in attendance who might come out just to see him play.
The top 20 in salary this season... Several have lost a big portion to the whole season to injury.. Trout, Verlander, DeGrom, Strasburg, Kershaw, Rendon. IM guessing teams have lost hundreds of millions to injuries this year.
Compare this to the 1980s.. The 1983 Phillies, known as the wheeze kids, because of their age, only had one player in their starting 8 not play at least 120 games. Their 38year old ace threw 287 innings and their 40 yo reliever Ron Reed appeared in 61 games throwing 95 innings. In the 1980s it seemed to be huge news if a star was lost for an extended part of the season. Now its almost expected.
If the owners want to save money.. and MLB wants to put on a better product.. figure out whats causing all these soft tissue injuries and how to prevent them... the MLB product is better when Trout and Acuna and Bellinger and all are on the field.