Saturday, November 09, 2013
I see the Sox getting Napoli back and then cracking open the piggy bank to add Brian McCann.
So, the total amount of available money the Sox have to spend while staying under the luxury tax threshold appears to be roughly $32 million. Hence, as the roster currently stands, the team could afford to have both Napoli and Drew accept its qualifying offers (which would account for $28.2 million), but it couldn’t afford to have Saltalamacchia back on a similar salary with those two.
Posted: November 09, 2013 at 09:19 AM | 30 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Very good stuff.
As explained in this series of posts, Matt Swartz has developed a very accurate model for MLBTR to project arbitration salaries. We’ve heard from many MLB teams and agencies that reference the projections in their work. By my count there are 214 remaining arbitration eligible players. Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with our projected salaries, or click below to see everything. For thoughts on each arbitration player, click the team name to see the associated Arbitration Eligibles post.
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 05:36 PM | 1 comment(s)
The qualifying offers are out, and we have our first winners and losers of the offseason.
According to mlbtraderumors.com/ here’s the list: Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann, Kendrys Morales, Mike Napoli, and Ervin Santana.
I agree with Rosenthal about the Red Sox being in great position. This is particularly true in regards to signing McCann. They could easily give up their first round pick, knowing they will have another pick or two a few players later.
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 11:31 AM | 64 comment(s)
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.
The New York Yankees, in danger of missing the postseason for only the second time in 19 years, are also facing a record $29.1 million luxury tax penalty, according to salary figures obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
That’s about equal to the entire Houston Astros payroll.
The Yankees currently have a $236.2 million payroll for purposes of the luxury tax, and must pay a 50% tax over the $178 million threshold as a repeat violator.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the other team Major League team that will be required to pay a luxury tax this year. The Dodgers currently have a franchise-record $234.5 million payroll for its 40-man roster…
The Yankees are baseball’s lone team that has paid a luxury tax since it was implemented 10 years ago. They have already paid $224.2 million in taxes, and will climb over $250 million when this year’s tax bill hits.
“I don’t know what it will be,’’ Yankee president Randy Levine said, “but it will be substantial.’‘
The Yankees are cautiously optimistic they can slash $47 million from their payroll with about $100 million in contracts coming off the books after this season
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Glimpses of various aspects of Cooperstown, centered on Cooperstown Dreams Park:
Presutti, the 73-year-old founder of Dreams Park, drives past the park’s 100-plus barracks for the youth teams that live and play here every week during the summer. Against a wonderful backdrop of wooded hills, we roll past some of the 22 ballfields, the 20 batting cages and the concession stands, all precisely maintained. When Presutti spots the rare piece of litter on the well-tended grass, he stops and picks it up. We pass two delighted parents who wave Presutti over and ask him for an autograph, praising him for Dreams Park and his speech at the opening ceremonies. Everyone calls him “Coach.’‘
. . .
There now are 104 teams every week throughout the summer, with a dozen players and four or five coaches per team. Presutti says they turn away thousands of teams a year and that teams put in applications years in advance. There are nearly 17,000 players every summer, each paying $850 to cover their three meals a day, housing, two sets of uniforms, laundry, a commemorative ring, a visit to the Hall of Fame and, of course, the games they play. “And it’s worth every penny,’’ one mother tells me.
The bad news is that they installed parking meters on Main Street. Read the whole thing, then visit.
The Yankee Clapper
Posted: July 27, 2013 at 02:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
a league of their own
hall of fame
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Baseball math is intense.
It’s Sabermetrics, or the specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence [Wikipedia]. Sabermetrics painstakingly collects every minor tidbit of information, weighs each statistic against all known variables and computes a prediction; it even addresses margin of error….
The Saints’ remaining contribution, $8.5 million, needs to be paid, presumably upfront, it is unclear who will pay the initial cost which the team will pay-off (or rent) over the course of 25 years.
When looking to mitigate risk and maximize public return on investment, finding long-term, sustainable funding sources for infrastructure is essential. In this case, St. Paul has a funding shortfall of $8 million from it’s promised $17 million. Where the remainder of funds is coming from is currently unknown. If a city isn’t able to cover upfront capital costs, how confident are you that they will be able to afford on-going, long-term maintenance costs of the infrastructure without pulling resources from other city essentials?
Or, will it become a political football of getting something you want, not covering your end of the bargain, asking for forgiveness and then doubling-down? It’s a long story; you can read about it here.
A question that reaches beyond scrutinizing numbers: why would you break ground on a stadium site in 5 days without a clear understanding of how to address an $8 million funding shortfall? (The $8 million municipal shortfall still doesn’t include the additional $8.8 million in unfunded environmental cleanup liabilities).
Whoever can close that funding gap should be eligible for Saint-hood.
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