Boston's Payroll Inching Upwards

[image title=”153036_brewers_cardinals_baseball” size=”full” id=”15410″ align=”center” alt=”Julio Lugo scores for the Cardinals while being paid by the destitute Red Sox” linkto=”full” ] NoMaas did a post this morning about Boston’s “little engine that could” attitude and their 2010 payroll, which is slated to be about 170 million dollars. When I first saw that number, I thought that it was mistaken, and that it was simply the luxury tax number, which is based upon average annual value rather than actual salaries. However, Mike Axisa of RAB pointed me towards a Cot’s Contracts spreadsheet that puts Boston at about 166 million before pre-arb Continue reading Boston's Payroll Inching Upwards

Salaries and the Economy

Many writers have bemoaned the ridiculous salaries garnered by athletes in a time when people are struggling to survive financially. When the Yankees threw money at a number of free agents in December, people rolled their eyes and wondered if athletes were sensitive to the economic problems at all. It is a point that I always found to be a bit silly, as it suggests that baseball as a business should cease because the fans are struggling, an assertion which would limit the free market and actually further hurt the economy. ESPN’s Jim Caple recently made an interesting point on Continue reading Salaries and the Economy

Bud Selig Can Afford Two Smoltz's And A Burrell

From Maury Brown: Commissioner Bud Selig earned over $18 million for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2007, making him by far the highest paid commissioner in all of sports, according to a report by the SportsBusiness Journal…According to Fisher of the SBJ, “Entering 2009, only seven MLB players will earn more this year than Selig’s $18.35 million of two years ago.” I guess that we should not be surprised, as Selig is the CEO and czar of a multi billion dollar industry. However, that salary seems particularly obscene considering that Selig does not seem to possess any form of Continue reading Bud Selig Can Afford Two Smoltz's And A Burrell