Payroll Discussion Reaction and Proposal
I am a frequent reader and infrequent poster to Twinsdaily.com and was reading a moderator explanation about a topic being locked down recently and the problems with discussing payroll on this site. The discussion of the reasoning seemed focused on the group that feels the Twins are not fulfilling perceived promises around payroll size and did not focus at all on the group that is always looking for the best deal, regardless if a deal is needed or not. Examples of this from the thread that were not called out and seem to have moderator support:
“The Twins handled the Santana and Garza situation correctly, IMO. Lowball them late in the offseason and if one bites, great. If not, that's fine”
“don't spend money just for the sake of spending money.”
“Better to make savvy decisions than throw money at the wall and see what sticks. But hey, it's not our money, so why should we care right?”
“What I do care about is that one dollar spent today is one dollar that cannot be spent tomorrow.”
“The Twins haven't had to overpay (at least, not vastly overpay) for the free agents they've acquired in recent years (though most have been bad). There's no reason to start doing so now.”
Comments like these invite a payroll discussion and they inflame and restart tired debates as well. If moderators are perceived as having chosen a side then I think it will be unhealthy for the site in general.
My recommendation is that Twinsdaily.com makes a value statement like the following:
Twinsdaily.com values difference in opinion over the payroll issue but feels it has become too pervasive in all topics on the site. Beginning now, unless a thread is started with the intent to discuss payroll we ask the following items not be discussed:
- %52 payroll, lots of available money
- Taxpayer funding of new stadium
- Cheap Pohlads aren’t spending money so they can get more ivory backscratchers.
- Don’t spend money to spend money
- Twins must only sign savvy, lowball, below market deals
- Twins can’t “Overpay”
Posts that fall into these categories that are not on payroll threads will be subject to moderation per item 2 (Thread-Jacking) in our comment policy.
I am looking for feedback if anyone thinks this will address the issue. Thanks!