“Right now, there’s going to be a strike, 100 percent, after ’21,” Philadelphia Phillies reliever Pat Neshek told USA TODAY Sports. “I won’t be around, so I don’t have a horse in the race. I don’t want to see a strike.
“But there’s always kind of been that handshake agreement where we’re still going to value the older guys and not just totally (expletive) on them. And that’s what’s happening. So, I think you’re going to have to burn the whole system down and start with that.
“(Owners) have a lot more to lose than us, I think. The players have been talking about, for the last couple of years, putting money aside and I think we’re going to be ready for a fight. We’re willing to go multiple years and I don’t know if (owners) are willing to sacrifice.”
Most of the reforms suggested here seem reasonable to me. The problem is the implication that for the players to get any of those reforms they'd have to give something up, but what do they have left to give up? The tax already acts as a de facto cap (especially since the limit has onlly risen 33% while revenues have risen 82%).
I guess an international draft would be the last thing.
Also a lot of talk in here about how rough it is for these late-signing players to arrive in spring training. Arrieta raves about Middleton though.