Sammy's Boombox wrote:That is the point. The right way to do it under the current CBA is to tank when it is obvious you will not be close to competing and have players that are worth more than a sandwich pick that you do not plan on having around the next time you compete. They should take away the incentive to tank games after some cutoff point (such as the trade deadline). It could severely affect the competitiveness in late season games when certain teams are trying to make the postseason. It also makes for dreadfully awful baseball for many teams for extended months. That cannot be good for the game overall.
after the trade deadline, there's really not a huge incentive to tank. moving up a few spots in the draft isn't very important in baseball, certainly not like it is in (for example) basketball. and every major professional sport has some incentive to tank, whether it be to increase chances in the lottery (nba) or making the draft order simply the reverse order of finish.
the much bigger reason to "tank" and not finish 15th is because it makes far more sense to turn an asset like garza into edwards, olt, ramirez and grimm than it does to win another two games the rest of that season, and still miss the playoffs.