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09-15-2004, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by True Blue
The luxury tax system WAS a compromise between players and owners. And it IS working.
I guess "working" depends on what your goals are. If the goal is to get low salary teams some more cash to pocket, then it's working great. If you're goal is to get competitive balance, then it ain't working.

Of the top 12 salaried teams in baseball, all but 3 are in the PO picture, the remaining 9 (in order of salary) Yankees, Boston, Anaheim, Cubs, LA, Atlanta, SF, St. Louis and Houston. Of the 10 bottom salaried teams ($50 mill payrolls or less) only Florida has a PO chance (last year's Florida team had a higher payroll than this year's version - a payroll of over $60 mill - so they weren't exactly a bottom rung team). The rest of the bottom 10: Milwaukee, TB, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Florida, Cincy, Montreal, Detroit, KC and Toronto.

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