Originally Posted by Brian26
Ease up. As a point of discussion, it is an interesting topic. The original poster wasn't necessarily suggesting it happen, but rather was asking about the concept. It isn't entirely unheard in other sports, as has been pointed out. On the otherhand, as others have mentioned, the rules in the CBA would never allow it along with some of the logistics regarding overuse on pitchers. All that said, there have been cases of "under the table" renting of players for half seasons. I can think of a number of examples of trades where the player was to become a free agent and re-signed with the original team after the end of the season.
This is true. The reason this doesn't work for baseball is because it's a closed system, as is every other American sports league. In the soccer world, better teams loan out players to lesser ones so those youngsters can develop and be more ready for prime time as they age. Or, you could argue that baseball does this already, with a more organized and structured system that is the minor leagues. Major league organizations have affiliate contracts with teams (somewhat similar affiliate deals do exist to a much lesser extent in the soccer world, too, and often across countries) and loan out their players to those teams as they see fit.