How much would you pay for a closer with a "guaranteed 9.00" RA?
Suppose there existed a pitcher who could strictly only pitch a whole inning (no more, no less) and always gave up only a single run so that his RA would be 9 and his IP would always be a whole number.
How much would a team be willing to pay for such a player? On one hand, he is horrible. Averaging 9 runs per game usually wouldn't cut it on any team. However, the certainty of victory in 2+ run games might be worth something.
I am interested in the method by which you would investigate this question.
Would players be paid more or less with total freedom of contract?
Would the best players be paid more or less with total freedom of contract?
Suppose that there was no CBA in place so that potential players could negotiate freely with teams on any terms that both parties desired. For instance, Miguel Cabrera could demand a 10-year contract with $100 MM in base salary and $1 MM per home run.
How much more or less do you think MLB players would be paid with such freedom?
How much more or less do you think the best players would be paid?