Here are some facts that I find interesting!
The New York Yankees payroll is about $65 million dollars higher than the next closest team. That is an interesting fact! That means that the gap between them and the next closest team is almost as much as or more than the payroll of nearly a third of the league’s teams. This is interesting. The Yankees left infield made more this season than three major league teams and almost as much as a fourth. The Yankees three biggest free agent signings– the three biggest free agent signings of any kind, the best hitter and two best pitchers by a wide margin– made over $50 million dollars this year. That means that the Yankees three top free agents made half as much as the Chicago White Sox roster. The Chicago White Sox are a top ten team in payroll. I find this interesting.
Another interesting fact: the Yankees backup catcher makes just a couple hundred thousand dollars less than the Pittsburgh Pirates highest payed player. Alex Rodriguez made $8 million more this year than the Pittsburgh Pirates current roster. $8 million is as much as or more than the highest payed player makes on 5 major league teams. The Yankees five highest paid players make more than 23 major league teams. The Yankees four starting infielders make more than half the teams in major league baseball. In contrast, the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees victim in the first round, have an infield that costs a little more than Derek Jeter and over $10 million less than Alex Rodriguez. This is interesting. That the Yankees recently had huge contracts like those of Jason Giambi, Mike Mussina and Bobby Abreu come off of their books, and yet still have an enormously inflated payroll, is interesting. It is also interesting to think about how a team can swallow high-priced flameouts and spectacular GM failures like the aforementioned Giambi, Kyle Farnsworth, Carl Pavano and many others.
Here is another interesting fact: many of MLB’s brightest home grown stars, like Twins catcher and batting champion Joe Mauer, have an extraordinarily small chance of signing with the clubs that have brought them up into a loving fanbase, because of the enormous imbalances in baseball’s financial system. Even Albert Pujols, a mortal lock for the Hall of Fame, the past decade’s best player and a threat to be a top 5 baseball player of all time, is not certain to resign with his club when he enters free agency in two years. At that time he will be 31, in his prime for a baseball player.I read a rumor that the Yankees are keen to sign him.