April 3, 2008

The Tigers are the new Yankees

The 2008 MLB payrolls were announced a few days ago. Not suprisingly the Yankkes were #1 at almost $210 million. After looking at the Yankees we looked down the list and were shocked (shocked!) to see that jbrater's 0-3 Detroit Tigers were #2.

This is so shocking because we just assumed the Red Sox were just like the Yankees. Sure the Yankees are spending $70 million more than the nearest competitor. Sure the Yankees signed MLB's best and pansiest player to a $300+ million contract. Sure the Yankees are jerks. But the Red Sox are just as bad. Now it seems the Tigers are spending a crapload of money. For shame, jbrater. For shame.

Just for kicks let's check out the payroll. We see that the Yankees are clearly #1. We see the difference between the Yankees at #1 and the Tigers at #2 is the same as the Tigers at #2 and the Rangers at #19. The Mets are a close #3, but where are the Red Sox?

Team------------Payroll
N.Y. Yankees------$209,081,579
Detroit-------------$138,685,197
New York Mets----$138,293,378
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Geez they're a long way down
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Boston------------$133,440,037

Really makes you think, huh?

3 comments:

JBRATER said...

As Jeff knows, this is total B.S., because it doesn't factor in the 50 million dollars the Red Sox paid to sign Dice K. This 50 million lead, in turn, to him having a smaller contract. If you spread it out over his contract, which you should, unless you're being disingenuous to try to make an argument that you know is total crap, the Red Sox still have the second highest payroll in baseball. That said, the tigers have become too yankee-like, and are paying for their horrible, horrible sins with a rash of injuries and an 0-3 record.

JMA said...

Right...because a one time $50 million payment to a ballplayer's previous employer for the right to take that player and all the potential income he would have generated for that club should be counted however best makes the Red Sox look worse. You can't have it both count last year as $50 million against the Sox payroll and for the rest of his contract as an extra $10 million per year.

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