Since the balance of money/power has shifted so heavily in favor of major market teams and baseball has no concerns about a level playing field, I propose this new structure. It’s loosely inspired by the English Premier League Pyramid, creating a tiered league based on payroll…
There are three levels….
Level 1(Premier Division)…teams with top 10 payrolls (roughly North of 100 million.) Two divisions/Ten teams. Top team in each division make the playoffs along with a wild card team representing the best record among remaining teams.
Level 2(Champion Division)…10 teams with middle 10 payrolls (roughly between 80-100 million.) Two Divisions/Ten Teams. Top team in each division make the playoffs along with a wild card team representing the best record among remaining teams.
Level 3(Contenders Division)…10 teams with the bottom payrolls (80 mil and below). Two Divisions/Ten Teams. Top team in each division make the playoffs.
Playoff matchups would be played based on overall rankings. 1-8 seeds…Level 1 would be seeds 1-3, Level 2 would be seeds 4-6 with Level 3 as the 7 and 8 seeds. There would be a 7 games series with 1 v. 8, 2 v. 7, 3 v. 6, 4 v. 5. The winners would then play a 7 game series with the highest seed playing the lowest, The World Series would consist of the remaining two teams playing a 7 game series for the WS title.