Perhaps the most interesting development this summer is teams' willingness to float some of their cheap, young, and controllable talent on the trade market. The Rays are doing it with James Shields, Colorado with Ubaldo Jimenez, and Houston with Hunter Pence. They may not intend to trade them, but shouldn't these franchises take better care of their best talent?
Something doesn't seem right about this: Japan won the first two World Baseball Classics and is now threatening a boycott of the 2013 event. Why? Japanese players received only 13 percent of the tournament's total revenue. Major League Baseball and its players cashed in on 66 percent. There should be a fair compromise for an added payout to the Classic's winner. Or they could just scrap the whole thing altogether. Plenty of major leaguers would support that.