While every baseball player fights for a chance to compete in the World Series, some superstars fight to change the economic structure of the game. With a set of rules that bind young baseball players to their teams for at least seven years, forward-thinking players and agents have learned to assess the risk and make business negotiations benefit themselves, not the teams.
But the public perception of money—especially huge money— hasn’t changed all too much.
Recently, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant turned down a $200M extension. (There is some dispute as to whether there was an actual formal offer). To many casual fans, this was astonishing: Why in the world anyone would turn down a eyebrow-raising $200M? The Cubs want to keep their nucleus together, but Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras, hopes to negotiate a deal that puts his client in better stead financially than what the Cubs might have to offer.