Is it Time for the MLB To Expand?

Josh Calloni, Reporter

Over the last few weeks with the delayed free agency, and multiple players speaking out about it, it has been brought up that the MLB should consider expanding the league, but is this logical?

There are currently 70 free agents who were in the MLB in 2018, and on top of that, there are multiple players in every MLB organization that are trapped because of a mainstay at their position in the major leagues. For example, Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo has put up consistant all star level numbers in AAA the last few years, but with the overhaul of elite outfielders the Red Sox have in the majors, Castillo has never gotten a lengthy shot to play in the majors.

In the event of an expansion, a draft could take place, giving the teams ten or so players to lock in their organization, and giving the free agents more opportunities to sign with teams needing elite players.

Expanding the league would decrease the steadiness of this, and if the league really wanted to keep scheduling the same, they could add four teams to the league instead of two, and keep the interleague play involved everyday. With that, there are plenty of North American cities suitable to hosting a big league team, including Las Vegas, Montreal, Mexico City and Charlotte.

However, the league has enough on its plate already. With the CBA set to expire in 2022, and players growing restless, they have a plethora of rule changes that they are prioritizing to get done by then to please the players. If this is not done, a work stoppage is very likely by that time. As well, Rays and Athletics are in very lengthy stadium battles, which is something the league has to deal with heavily. Adding four more teams to the mix would put the league over in over its head with stadium issues, something that is not truly necessary.

However, no matter what the league would have to adjust to, the expansion of the league will ultimately draw more fans from different backgrounds and create more jobs for major league and minor league players alike.