Sunday, January 27, 2008

Stating the Obvious

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Heath Ledger is dead, the earth is round, and Lindsay Lohan is a crackhead; three fairly obvious statements. Let’s add another to that group; the Yankees have the highest payroll in the MLB.

Numbers were released yesterday, and the Yankees payroll will top $218 million this season. The Red Sox come in a distant second, and are on track to spend $155 million. Then it’s the Dodgers, Mets, and Cubs. So where do the lonely Blue Jays place? Well, good old Teddy Rogers’ pocketbook for the Jays this season is a mere $95 million, good enough for 15th place in the spending spree.

This is both good AND bad news. Good, in that you can’t necessarily BUY a winning team in the MLB. Bad, in that that you can’t spend nothing and expect to do well (cough, cough Devil Rays). I agree that it’s unfair that the Yankees get to sign whoever the hell they want, and give them as much money as they possibly can; but until there’s a salary cap, it’s not going to change anytime soon. It seems like in order to establish a good franchise, you have to be in the middle of the pack when it comes to spending, but also have a great farm system to develop young talent that can pay off in the future.

With the Yankees, it seems like they just buy talent instead of developing it; but that is just another bullet point on the list of “Why to Hate the Yankees”. Obviously, I’d like to see the Jays spend some more money, but that doesn’t always necessarily mean more talent (Glaus, Clayton, Towers, do I need to go on?).

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