Tom Verducci reports the latest idea to come out of Bud Selig's braintrust:â†µ
"Floating" realignment in which teams would not be fixed to a division, but free to change divisions from year-to-year based on geography, payroll and their plans to contend or not.â†µ
According to Verducci, the idea "gained strong support" among committee members, who want to address the competitive balance problem, but would rather not go the salary cap route. A couple of example scenarios. Cleveland could go to the AL East, to get 18 money-spinning dates against the Yankees and Red Sox, basically surrendering any chance of a playoff spot. Or Tampa Bay could move to the relatively-cheapskate AL Central for a better crack at postseason play.â†µ
I know they're just brainstorming ideas, but the mere fact they came up with this, leaves me seeking a sharp object to jab into my ears. It does nothing to address the actual problem - that two teams outspend everyone else - but instead suggests franchises could simply bail out of trying to compete.â†µ
I trust I need not explain why it's stupid beyond belief. At its logical conclusion, the AL East would consist of the Yankees and Red Sox, playing each other 162 times a year, while eight or nine teams fight for one playoff spot in the miserly AL Central. Anyone (not employed by ESPN) think this is a good idea?