Moneyball extremes: Dodgers and Astros salaries

Baseball needs to figure out a way to split up the money they bring in from MLBAM and have each team spend a portion of that profit on player salaries.

The words salary cap and baseball have been a striking issue in the past, but maybe those that control the game, that being the players and the owners, can work together, as a team between the owners and the union.

In 2013 MLB will cross the $3 billion mark in total salaries, with 30 teams that would divide up to $100 million per team.

Then if we set up the salary structure like football and basketball does, we will divide up the talent more equally.

Each team should be required to have three players in the $10+ range for starters.  The Dodgers have ten. Houston has zero.

Each team should have six the make between $5 and $10.  The Dodgers have four. Houston has zero.

Each team should have eight players between $2 and $5.  The Dodgers have seven. Houston has three.

Each team should have four players making between $1 and $2 million.  The Dodgers have three. Houston has one.

In 2013 the LA Dodgers have 24 players guaranteed to make over $1 million and Houston has four.

The minimum salary a player could get in baseball is $490,000 in 2013. You could say baseball does have a cap floor and it is $12,225,000.

Starting in 2014 there will be new penalties for going over $189 million.

There were many players that Houston could have bid on during free agency, instead the owners of this team kept all the money they got from switching leagues, (reported to be $75 million,) and they plan on showcasing a minor league product to the fans of MLB this year.

Maybe Houston should just let their pitchers hit, and then they can save a few bucks more, by not paying extra for an DH.

Instead of making teams like the Dodgers pay a luxury tax, maybe baseball should make teams that don’t spend  anything on free agents pay an astro miser tax.

We figured out how to balance the league by putting 15 in each, next we need to figure out how to divide up the cost of the players.

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One Comment

  1. Bruce A

    March 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    If we’re going to mandate salaries, why not set a cap? No salaries above $10M, only five above $5M, etc. Teams could save a bundle and drastically reduce ticket prices. It costs a fortune to take a family of five to a game these days.

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