Hey baseball fans!
NBA2K17 just announced that you will now be able to expand the NBA in the video game's "MyGM" mode. Considering MLB expansion has been a pretty prevalent topic over the last several months in newspapers across the nation, I thought it would be a good time to give you all of my rules on how MLB expansion should work for incoming teams.
1. Team location, name, and color schemes will be decided at least one full season prior to the offseason in which they will officially join the league.
2. There would need to be two teams added at once to keep the balance of the number of teams between the two leagues.
3. The two teams would get five draft selections per round in the MLB Draft directly prior to the season they are set to join the league to build up their farm system. In the next MLB Draft, they would get two draft picks per round. The places in which they would pick would be decided by a lottery.
4. Once the offseason's Winter Meetings have ended during the offseason before the two expansion teams begin their inaugural seasons, the already-existing MLB teams will get to save eight position players and seven pitchers. The expansion teams will then pick the players they want from the existing teams, except for the saved players.
5. There is one exception to the above rule. The players in the previous All Star Game "final vote" would be able to join the team in their league if they weren't a free agent and if the expansion team actually wants them. For example, if a new American League expansion team wants to sign Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria next offseason, they can do so as long as Longo says he wants to join the team. Then, his former team would have to restructure his contract to allow him to leave. An expansion team would be allowed to sign only one of these "final vote" players per league.
6. The MLB standings would be rearranged so that there are four divisions per league with each division having four teams. There would still be two Wild Cards per league and the playoffs would be structured like that of the NFL.
What do you think of my new rules? Would you implement them? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."