A thought came to me the other day that was intriguing. I have no idea why this popped into my head, but it did, so I thought I'd share it with AN. In Major League Soccer, and Futbol all around the world players can be "sold" on loan to play for another team for 10 games, half a season, and even a full season if that's what gets worked out. Basically it is whatever contract the team who has the player makes with the team who wants the player. This can be for many different reasons, sometimes salary relief, sometimes bigger incentives. Some of the biggest names in MLS have been on loan in recent rimes: Beckham, Donovan, Buddle, Cummings. I understand that these loans were from an MLS team to a European team. Thus that team would never play or affect the MLS. If loans were available in the MLB things would have to be very different.
It is just an idea, but what do you think about loans in Major League Baseball? I see it being used mostly as salary relief for a year and even mid-season. This way you don't have to pay a certain players contract for that season or half-season and another team will take it on. If a team is shopping a loan on a player and multiple teams have an interest in him then the holding team can create a bidding war for the loan. This way the holding team can not only get the player's salary off of their payroll, but also get some cash to add to their payroll.
This could really help a team in many different ways. If they need to free up money so they can sign another player, etc... For example, if the A's had a high paid relief pitcher that was on contract for 4 more years, but because of payroll cuts the team is keeping their payroll low. The team is in need of a 3B to compete and they have a surplus of relief pitchers. This way they can send that relief pitcher to a team who is in need and use the money that they were paying him to get a 1-2 year contract with a 3B FA. Or teams can be looking ahead to the following years: After seeing that they can't compete come July. The A's can send Crisp somewhere on loan and give their young OF's a chance for the rest of the season. Crisp will be back the very next year and they can add 1/2 of his salary to their payroll for the following year.
There are many different situations a player loan can be used. There will have to be some regulations, but overall it could potentially work. I'm not sure if I would be for or against this yet, but it is an interesting idea.
What do you think?