In recent years, a rather alarming trend has been seen in MLB with few teams that spend a lot of money on salaries and seek to compete every year as the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees mainly and in previous years Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, but with many teams spending the least they can without competing, like the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, among many others, greatly increasing the gap between competitors and those who do not.
However, MLB has apparently identified the problem with the teams and their “stinginess,” so much so that according to information from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Commissioner Rob Manfred has sent the Baseball Players Union, the MLBPA, a proposal to implement a “salary floor” for teams with a minimum of $ 100 million in payroll beginning the following season.
This means that no major league team can have a payroll of less than $ 100 million each season. In addition, they would introduce a luxury tax starting at 180 million dollars in the payroll, in order to promote competitiveness between teams and eliminate the gap that exists between those who spend the most and those who spend the least.
Currently, there are 12 major league teams with a payroll below $ 100 million, with the Cleveland Indians being the smallest in all of MLB, with a payroll of $ 48 million, followed by the Baltimore Orioles with $ 53 million. of dollars.