The broken winter: Why baseball must fix free agency ASAP(ESPN)
The anxiety for the fans waiting for free agent decisions is understandably high. But that does not mean market economics failed.
As mentioned in the article, baseball executives are learning from past spending mistakes. Utilizing data and information to make the best informed decision possible. To decide whether to bid or pass on assets. Doing so requires change in offer structures and more time for both sides to analyze contract value.
Market economics at its core reflect the true price a buyer is willing to pay for a product or service and the price the seller is willing to accept. Market economics at its best occurs when both buyer and seller are highly informed about the total value and impact of transactions. Baseball executives are now becoming more informed buyers and more efficient spenders.
Most unionized structures are the exact opposite of free markets. Many deny the individual of the opportunity to maximize value attainment. What is perceptually good for the gander may harm individual geese.
Baseball fans need to be patient. Teams are being more analytical in decision making and players are demonstrating greater patience to maximize value. Monster contracts of the past harmed both teams operation and the reputation of players not living up to fan expectations. Now, the market is correcting itself.