Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 7:51 AM EDT Mar 15, 2019 LAKELAND, Fla. — I completely agree with Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos – Major League Baseball is a mess. “The system we have now is broken,” Castellanos said. Seemingly half of MLB’s 30 teams are rebuilding. The free-agent market has gone ice cold for two years in a row, leaving superstars, like Bryce Harper, dangling in uncertainty for months. The system is set up to encourage teams to swing back and forth between two extremes, from trying to contend for a championship> to trying to rebuild. But it doesn’t make sense because teams are penalized by a luxury tax for spending too much but they aren’t penalized for not spending too little. It doesn’t make sense. More: Michael Fulmer shut down indefinitely to refine ‘lower-body mechanics’ “I just think winning has to be a priority,” Castellanos said. “We show up every day, ‘cause we want to be the best we can, so we can help our team win.” There was an encouraging sign on Thursday when Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association issued a joint announcement on several rule changes that will take effect in 2019 and 2020…. Read full this story
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