MLB Salaries: Just How Much Is Enough?

Clearly, the Dodgers’ $216,301,909 2013 payroll was not enough to buy a National League title, and all the new york yankees could achieve by spending $228,995,945 on salaries was a third-place finish. From here, it seems assured that Guggenheim Baseball Management will open their unlimited coffers even further this off season to fill up perceived holes on the field. Too bad they couldn’t see the irony of buying the most expensive players available, while at the same time having them under the fleshy thumb of a bargain-basement non manager.

Perhaps an even more interesting story is unfolding in the Bronx, where reports have been circulated stating the yankee management want’s to trim their 2014 payroll by as much as $40 M, to around $189 M. Now, however, ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that the dead steinbrenner progeny is planning an out and out assault on the free agent market, an assault they think can still cut 2014 total numbers, while adding future obligation in long



term deals that could rival their 2008-09 off season splurge that included long term deals to CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett. That extravaganza got them one title and long term debt that might have ruined lessor dead steinbrenner progeny. The yankees will be saving a bundle to begin with due to the retirement

of their two Methuselahs from the pitching staff, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, and when hip-rod has his suspension upheld, they will benefit immeasurably by not having to honor the commitment to pay him from $25 M to $31 M, depending on performance.

The report goes on to indicate that besides lavishing vast riches on their own free agent to be, the dramatically, overwhelming, unbelievably overrated robinson cano, plus yet another arriving foreign player, Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, they will be


running an assault against stars from top National League teams, in particular Braves’ catcher Brian McCann, and Cardinals’ outfielder Carlos Beltran.

As far as Tanaka is concerned, he will be the subject of another high-priced bidding war for the right to pay him a fortune, just like


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occurred a couple of years ago with Yu Darvish. Tanaka was an amazing 24-0, 1.27 in Japan this past season, and new york will have strong competition in rights’ bidding from both the Angels and likely the Dodgers, among other teams. The Angels are in dire need of starting pitching, and the Dodgers could be if free agent Ricky Nolasco goes elsewhere and if the seriously injured Josh Beckett and/or Chad Billingsley cannot make full comebacks. The Phillies, number three on the 2013 payroll list after NY and the Dodgers, will also be in the hunt for starters, whether from the free agent list or from the far east.

Maybe the yankees will reduce their payroll, but it remains to be seen whether or not other teams will be following that lead.

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