All those worried that a work stoppage will shut down baseball after the 2016 season, fear not.The owners will never let it happen. Not when they are making so much money. Not when so many talented young players are agreeing to below-market deals.The monster extensions and free-agent contracts grab headlines, prompting the usual predictions of gloom and doom from the uninformed. But in reality, fewer and fewer stars are hitting the open market and over the past decade, the players’ share of overall revenues has decreased.The game is trending younger in the drug-testing era — and many young players are accepting club-friendly, long-term contracts that delay their free agency, effectively giving teams multiple discounts.Right-hander Chris Archer’s new six-year, $25.5 million contract with the Rays is the latest example of such a deal. The agreement includes two club options that could raise the total value to $43.75 million.Archer, 25, can hardly be faulted for jumping at such a windfall — he is gaining financial security despite having less than one year of major league service, when all pitchers fear injury. Heck, if he were my son, I probably would have advised him to take the deal.Still, the willingness of so many… Read full this story
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