Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Winners and Losers of a Second Wild-Card

There are early reports that the MLB will finalize its plan for a second wild-card tomorrow. Before we know the specifics and can truly analyze the logistical and strategic changes that will result from this huge change to baseball's playoff system, let's analyze who will benefit and who will lose out from a second wild-card team.

  • Cubs, Pirates, Astros, Mets, Padres, Athletics, Mariners, White Sox, Orioles, and Twins: These teams would need a miracle to make the playoffs even with a second wild-card. However, the addition of a second wild-card will increase the number of teams in contention ahead of the July 31st deadline, increasing the number of bidders on each team's veterans. Smart general managers should be able to take advantage of overly aggressive bidders and get prospects that will jump start their rebuilding efforts.

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