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Baseball really needs a salary cap and salary floor.

After missing last season battling colon cancer, Trey Mancini has reported to O's camp and intends to play a full season. 

I'm all for chaining Mookie to the ground next time we play.

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5 hours ago, tl;dr said:

Shoot, go ahead and make a Kris Bryant trade lol

This is the predicament the Cubs are in.

Bryant is set to make over $18 million in arbitration. That is right at market value for a typical Kris Bryant season, which means there isn't excess value for which to get a good return. A fair trade would be something like a mid-grade prospect -- someone like Greyson Jenista or Nolan Kingham for the Braves. Of course if the Cubs traded Bryant for that kind of deal, fans would revolt. 

So to improve the return, the Cubs could pay part of the salary. However, ownership is crying poverty, so it's unlikely that they would do that. At this point the Cubs would be better off holding on to Bryant and hoping that he exceeds expectations. He could then either help the Cubs win games or be flipped to a contender midseason for a better package than what would likely be available now. But that may not be feasible if ownership has mandated a payroll cut.

Anyway, sucks for them.

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