I don't know about you, but this smells a lot like collusion.


Nick Stellini, a baseball writer for The Athletic, shared a tweet Sunday that calls to question some of the free agency moves this season. The tweet references two other tweets from  MLB insiders Jordan Bastian and Jayson Stark.

​​The goal of owners colluding, of course, is to keep player salaries down by eliminating the bidding wars between teams. 


MLB owners were found to have colluded against players back in the '80s when they limited free agent contracts in three consecutive offseasons (1985-87). An arbitrator sided with the with the players each year, leading to a $280 million payout in 1990 and a second chance at free agency for players who were specifically found to have been colluded against.


These stories involving Brad Bach and Mark Reynolds, as well as superstar free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remaining unsigned, could speak to another instance of owners colluding (especially this "algorithm" story regarding Bach).

Long-time agent Jeff Borris accused the MLB owners of collusion just last month on The Jonah Keri Podcast. "When you look at the revenues coming into the game ... it broke an all-time record and over $10 billion, the cost of labor should hand-in-hand go up as well," Boris said.


MLB salaries have actually seen their biggest decline in six years, according to Forbes.


In the words of Stephen A. Smith, "if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck. It ain't a damn mongoose."