RE: Tanking (which I do not believe in)
So let's take the leap of faith that the team wants to do this and decides that the resultant loss of revenues, damage to culture and diminution of brand value will be offset by the benefit of increasing the possibility acquiring a can't miss prospect (which I also do not believe in). On the face, a disasterous business decision.
The only way to do this is through purposely reducing the quality of coaching and the product put on the field, al la the Indians from the movie Major League
However there is no possible way the players themselve