The Nationals, Astros, and luxury tax aversions

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It’s not even the offseason yet, but the Flexibility Wanters are everywhere

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September call-ups, MLB pensions, rule changes, and MiLB exploitation

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Rob Manfred finally admitted the ball needs fixing

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Mike Moustakas is going to be screwed either way, again

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The Mookie Betts Question has little to do with “worth”

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The Phillies are frozen by fear, and that should terrify fans

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“What if MLB’s efficiency fetish could further infect the minors,” asks writer.

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On Monday, Travis Sawchik asked a question to Five Thirty Eight’s audience: “Do we even need Minor League Baseball?” Sawchik’s theory is that so much of player development happens off the field these days, in comparison to how development used to work, that the minors are a waste of time and resources. Sawchik, you might recall, is one of the two authors of The MVP Machine, which looked at how players can kind of just be created these days thanks to advances in analytics and the introduction of the concept of “Betterball,” so this is an arena he knows his way around.

To a point, anyway. As you might also recall, the book brings to mind some key questions regarding labor and homogeneity it does not know the answers to (or even how to answer them), and this article is something of an extension of that. Deadspin’s Albert Burneko, for instance, wants to know who the “we” in Sawchik’s headline refers to, and it’s not an exaggeration that the entire premise of Sawchik’s piece relies on the reader identifying with management in order for it to accomplish the job the author set out for it.

You should read all of Burneko’s piece, as it’s fan-centric and a rebuttal to the idea presented in the initial piece that MiLB exists in the service of MLB teams alone, but I’ll pull this paragraph from it for now:

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Dave Dombrowski’s firing could have MLB-wide implications

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MLB’s young players are better than ever, so pay them

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