In their heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Blue Jays often had the highest payroll in baseball. As the Blue Jays assemble for spring training in Dunedin, Fla., the team’s payroll is ranked bottom third of 30 teams. Of teams operating in the 10 biggest baseball markets, Toronto’s payroll ranks second last with Washington’s – only the rebuilding Houston Astros’ is lower.
“I’m not commenting,” club CEO Paul Beeston said. “You go look it up. And how do you measure it? I tell you what, you’re off on all of this stuff. None of it makes any sense.”
...Scott Moore of Sportsnet is currently negotiating an extension of the television deal with Beeston. There is little evidence from Rogers to suggest that Canada’s baseball team is about to ride the TV rights updraft benefiting U.S. teams.
“I don’t think anything affects team payroll,” Beeston said. “What affects team payroll is our ability to put a team on the field for what we think we can do.”
Asked to confirm the $225,000 figure, Beeston said: “I don’t have to say whether it’s accurate or not. But I don’t understand where [The Globe] comes up with the number.
“The only thing that matters and should matter is what kind of team we put on the field and what type of dollars we have to build our organization. The last time I looked we had the dollars necessary to build a team.”