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"We laugh at Ellsbury for having the gall to get paid what the market would bear, but just accept that Judge, a superstar at the core of the Yankees’ and MLB’s marketing efforts, makes 5% of his market value year after year.
"Ellsbury and Judge are two sides of the same coin, each part of a system designed two generations ago. Last week, NBC Sports reported that Rob Manfred said, 'maybe Marvin Miller’s economic system doesn’t work any more.' It read as a threat, but Manfred was more right than wrong."