Justin Verlander’s statement earlier this month about baseball’s broken free agent system lost some validity after Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 Million contract with San Diego. Players have been beneficiaries of owners spending like drunken sailors the last 40 years. But with the use of analytics so pervasive, MLB clubs are only dishing out long-term deals to a select few. General managers becoming smarter is hardly a reason for a work stoppage when MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expires.