A-Rod: Stupidly Supports a Salary Cap
No salary cap made him rich, as he tries to buy the New York Mets
While negotiations over starting the 2020 baseball season were tense at best, the MLB Players Association is preparing for a new contract battle as their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires in 2021. With the agreement ending next year, owners see this as their chance to finally get a salary cap and there is talk that the owners could lock out the players to get it.
With this tense situation brewing, the player who has made the most money in MLB history, Alex Rodriguez, decided to give everyone his two cents. When he played, he famously signed some of the largest contracts in baseball history and made $448 million during his career. Now he is using that money to bid on buying the New York Mets. Like a typical worker who forgets where he came from, now that Rodriguez wants to be an owner he thinks that players should cave and give the owners a salary cap. In talks with reporters on Thursday, Rodriguez said that players aren’t in as good a position as they were in 1994 and that there is too much competition out there currently. He told the reporters that the league needs to pursue a compensation system that includes a salary cap as a means of improving MLB's "market share."
Reaction from players and the MLBPA was swift. “Alex benefited as much as anybody from the battles this union fought against owners’ repeated attempts to get a salary cap,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said in a statement. “Now that he is attempting to become an owner himself his perspective appears to be different. And that perspective does not reflect the best interests of the players.”
Thanks to Alex Rodriguez and the 1994 strike, salaries have exploded in Major League Baseball. The 20 highest-paid players of all time all made the majority of their money after the strike and Rodriguez helped raise the highest per season salary in baseball from $7 Million in 1992 to $25 Million in 2000 and $27 Million in 2007. Now Mike Trout has raised it to $35 Million in 2020.
Contrary to Rodriguez’s statements, the players showed this year that they can be united behind a cause. The players refused to take pay cuts this year and the owners eventually caved. Even if Rodriguez is sitting across from them at the bargaining table next year, it seems unlikely that the players will cave on a policy that allowed them to go from buying a big house rich to buy a sports franchise rich.