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    Expansion, MLB and how it would affect the Braves

    It's my belief that MLB will expand by 2 teams between the end of the 2021 season and the beginning of 2022, brought on as a bargaining point of the next CBA. I think this because veterans who reach FA, unless they are very top tier players, are no longer getting paid. Teams have adopted a policy of going with the young, cheap guys instead of paying bigger money to average veteran players.

    That will have to be fixed or we will see a work stoppage. The easiest way to fix it is to add a couple of ML teams creating more veteran opportunity. My guess of locations would be Charlotte and Las Vegas right now, maybe Nashville, maybe Montreal. It doesn't really matter there will be two.

    When that happens, there will be an expansion draft. Teams with a big bench of young players, especially those near ML ready are likely to get hurt the worst. It appears to me that the Braves may be just on the outside of that risk due to the timing of the ongoing rebuild and the apparent outlook of current minor league talent (if the talent currently in the minors hasn't graduated to the majors by the end of 2021 then it probably is no loss anyway). However, I think AA or whoever, needs to have a plan to protect as much ML young talent as possible and convert other young, close talent to bottom of the minors talent OR more expensive ML talent in order to protect the value currently built.

    I could see teams currently further away in their rebuild or just entering a rebuild as being most vulnerable to talent loss unless MLB comes up with some kind of tiered expansion draft based on record and market.

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    Havenít really heard much about MLB here. I know new Panthers owner Tepper is currently
    Working on the MLS side.

    However, they will be building a new panthers practice facility somewhere soon so hypothetically they could build in that area.

    My hope is that if a Charlotte team does come here, it would be an AL team.

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    The Braves need to fight like hell to keep Charlotte and Nashville from getting teams.

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    Iíd place my bets on Portland and Montreal.

    Either way, itís far too early to be worrying about which players to protect from a theoretical expansion draft thatís years away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enscheff View Post
    I’d place my bets on Portland and Montreal.

    Either way, it’s far too early to be worrying about which players to protect from a theoretical expansion draft that’s years away.
    I'm talking concepts and strategy as opposed to individuals. I agree that individual concern is in the future, likely no sooner than after the 2020 season.

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    From a competitive standpoint expansion is terrible. There aren’t enough players as it is. MLB isn’t nearly as bad as other sports, but the disparity amongst teams is pretty big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NinersSBChamps View Post
    From a competitive standpoint expansion is terrible. There aren’t enough players as it is. MLB isn’t nearly as bad as other sports, but the disparity amongst teams is pretty big.
    Sure there are enough players.
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    MLB has said in the past they are waiting on the stadium situations in Oakland and Tampa Bay to be resolved before expansion. The A’s seem to be getting closer while no resolution is in sight for the Rays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonCowboy View Post
    MLB has said in the past they are waiting on the stadium situations in Oakland and Tampa Bay to be resolved before expansion. The A’s seem to be getting closer while no resolution is in sight for the Rays.
    I don't think they have any choice unless they want a prolonged work stoppage.

    Middle of the road veterans aren't getting paid and there are more of them than anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Individual-1 View Post
    Sure there are enough players.
    I am talking good players. Not fringe MLB players.

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