Why MLB needs to fix its endless run of the offseason

Tomase: The MLB offseason doesn’t need to be an endless effort appeared in the original NBC Sports Boston

If ever there was an official Major League Baseball bug, it would be cricket.

That voice you can’t hear is the stampede of free agents racing to find new homes. The World Series wrapped up nearly three weeks ago, and the hot stove stays cooler than the Coleman Classic Rust in the Woods.

Of everything baseball gets wrong in the name of efficiency, the offseason is a low-key disaster. An operation that has dominated headlines for weeks on end – where will A-Rod go?!? Did the Rocket really sign with the Blue Jays? ?? — now reflects the season in which it takes place, as we get excited about a long, depressingly cold winter.

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The product on the field needs an overhaul, and that’s where the sport is properly focusing its efforts, but man, the transactional deadline would go a long way toward the off-season era.

The NBA and NFL have both succeeded. The NFL Free Agency basically ends on the weekend and deserves comprehensive coverage. At the same time, the NBA is just as compelling in July — when free agents move in, blockbuster deals drop, and super teams form — as it is in June during the Finals. Those sports feature a salary cap that requires immediate action, but still.

baseball? Superstar agents don’t mind dragging negotiations into spring training to score an extra zero. And teams will wait for everyone else because that’s how they hunt deals.

What you get is the worst of all worlds, with fans losing interest in sometime top market over the pralines they find on the fourth day of their respective calendars, and building squad rosters via a faucet rather than a hose.

The biggest story of the offseason is the Mets’ close re-signing of Edwin Diaz to a five-year, $102 million contract, which should buy Timmy a lot of horns. Next, it might be a Yankees Re-upping the first baseman Anthony Rizzoor left faltering angels Tyler Anderson. The second largest contract awarded to date belongs to Robert Suarez from San Diego (five years, $46 million) and I think it will be news to some of you that he’s a 31-year-old rookie who’s been in the business not too long ago. He works in construction in his native Venezuela.

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It’s absolutely insane that Aaron Judge is coming off one of the greatest offensive seasons Ever, It hardly deserves any coverage. he is Reportedly in San Francisco this week to meet the Giantsbut visiting it has all the urgings of someone who’ll swing by Oracle Park once they check out the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf and grab a taco at the Embarcadero.

Likewise, the Red Sox declared Xander Bogaerts They’re A-1, super-duper, like-a-drip-Ryan-Gosling-hoisting-Rachel-McAdams-in-The-Notebook, winter’s top priority, and he’s swaying on a wave somewhere in Aruba while the clock ticks and the temperature drops . Too much urgency.

Here’s how the offseason should work: Free agents are courted in November amid rampant speculation. some signs. Some hold out for more. It all comes to a head in early December at the Winter Meetings, which become a bona fide event as the race to build rosters reaches a frenzy.

When the winter meetings end, the season ends. Veles President Dave Dombrowski has called for a signing deadline for years, in part because the front offices need a break, but also because we’re already getting into it.

“Only our sport is like this,” he said during his tenure with the Red Sox.

Dombrowski is the exception in today’s game, with front offices being driven into inaction by analytical paralysis. he routinely settled all family business ruthlessly as Michael Corleone; On one day at the 2016 Winter Meetings, for example, he got a Chris SaleMitch Moreland, and Tyler Thornburg then wiped his hands off the offseason.

Players and teams spend the whole winter just making decisions because they can. They forced their hands, put an end to the draining, soul-sucking tension, and brought the action back to casual baseball, because right now, if the crickets weren’t chirping, there wouldn’t be any sound at all.

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