Dave Cameron has a really interesting post up at Fangraphs on service time:
the rules of the game currently incentivize teams to take the Nationals path. Washington is going to retain Strasburg’s services for 2016 by keeping him out of the big leagues in April, and everyone understands why they’re doing it. But, realistically, is it in the best interests of baseball to make their product worse every April by setting up a system that encourages teams to start the season with inferior rosters? Does MLB want to really continue a system where most organizations willingly choose to give up the moment that Heyward had yesterday? Does anyone want less of those?
Cameron suggests lowering what counts as a year with regards to service time, which of course seems highly unlikely, as it basically amounts to lost money for teams. Still, when you think about it, the way baseball salaries are done, is absolutely bizarre.