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Friday, March 30, 2018

MLB salaries 2018: A 1% raise for major leaguers, but clouds ahead

Bob Nightengale breaks down the dollars.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5645556)
I wonder what the impact will be of losing the corporate tax subsidies for luxury box tickets.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5645580)
I wonder what the impact will be of losing the corporate tax subsidies for luxury box tickets.

It was already limited at 50% of tickets up to face value. With a 35% corporate tax rate, they were already paying 82.5% of the value of the ticket, much more if they were buying marked up tickets from brokers.

I don't think paying $500 for a ticket vs. $400 is going to change corporate behavior much. When they moved from 100% deductible to 50% we didn't see a crash in season ticket and luxury box sales.
   3. McCoy Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5645722)
I recall the 1987 tax code changes hurt restaurants significantly. After that the two martini lunches became like dinosaurs.
   4. Sunday silence Posted: March 30, 2018 at 01:00 PM (#5645737)
have we mentioned on this site, the recent passage of some regulation that is going to make minor leaguers exempt from minimum wage protections? Seems timely enuf.
   5. JRVJ Posted: March 30, 2018 at 01:41 PM (#5645786)
Re: TFA, there's a big mistake there when referring to Pablo Sandoval's salary. Bad editing.

Also, it's almost impossible for me to read an article on how the Yankees were not particularly active during this off-season, when the article basically waves away the huge amount of money the Yankees took on when they traded for Stanton (no reference in the article to how much money the Yankees took on, just that they didn't SIGN FAs).

   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:16 PM (#5645815)
. . . when the article basically waves away the huge amount of money the Yankees took on when they traded for Stanton

Even with that trade, the Yankees are only 7th in MLB for 2018 payroll, so shouldn't the top 6 be the ones receiving criticism - although I'm still not sure why fans would criticize a team for investing in its product. For some reason there doesn't seem to be much BBTF discussion of the big-spending teams this year. Hmm.
   7. JRVJ Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5645821)
Even with that trade, the Yankees are only 7th in MLB for 2018 payroll, so shouldn't the top 6 be the ones receiving criticism - although I'm still not sure why fans would criticize a team for investing in its product. For some reason there doesn't seem to be much BBTF discussion of the big-spending teams this year. Hmm.


Oh, there's no doubt that as a net operation, the Yankees shed money. Having said that, I'm not entirely sure who they should have signed in this off-season to improve the team, other than maybe signing Lynn when his price came down... (Darwish and Arrieta were not good matches for the Yankees, and Cobb could have been a good match if he'd taken something like the Lynn deal.... but what the Orioles gave him doesn't make much sense for the Yankees).

Ultimately, talent has to match up with the team signing them..... (Cain, Hosmer, JD Martínez and Santana were not good matches for the Yankees, IMO. Neither was Holland, since the Yankees already have a tremendous bullpen).
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:33 PM (#5645833)
FTA:

The Dodgers spent a record $270 million in 2015, but have lopped nearly $100 million off their major league commitments. And the downstream effect on free agents has been profound.


The Dodgers in 2015 spent:

$21.4 milon Carl Crawford
$18 mil on Andre Ethier
$15 mil on Chase Utley (they are paying him $2 mil this year)
$22 mil on Adrian Gonzalez
$11 mil to Jimmy Rollins
$10 mil on Brett Anderson

That's $95 of the $100 right there. What current useless players should they be giving the money to? Not saying all those guys were useless last year, but they currently have good, cost controlled players at 1B and SS, for far, far less than the $33 mil paid to AGon and Rollins.
   9. JRVJ Posted: March 30, 2018 at 04:29 PM (#5645918)
8, That's another point the article glosses over: how much money teams are paying to players who are no longer playing for them.

Which makes no sense to me, since that's still money that's been paid out to MLBPA members (or former members, I guess).
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 05:15 PM (#5645934)
Even with that trade, the Yankees are only 7th in MLB for 2018 payroll, so shouldn't the top 6 be the ones receiving criticism


Nyet.
   11. bookbook Posted: April 01, 2018 at 01:43 AM (#5646400)
I love when Yankees fans complain about how Persecuted they are.
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 02, 2018 at 11:41 AM (#5646782)
Cain, Hosmer, JD Martínez and Santana were not good matches for the Yankees


The funny thing about those examples is that none of those players were particularly good matches for the teams they did end up signing with, either (although I'm open to being convinced on Martinez).
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5646829)
I love when Yankees fans complain about how Persecuted they are.


Because you're a loser and you want to see winners lose?
   14. Zach Posted: April 03, 2018 at 05:40 PM (#5647681)
Even with that trade, the Yankees are only 7th in MLB for 2018 payroll

Bronxshevism!
   15. BDC Posted: April 03, 2018 at 06:00 PM (#5647688)
Cain, Hosmer, JD Martínez and Santana were not good matches for the Yankees

None of them were good matches for the Rangers. Unfortunately, none of the players currently on the Rangers are good matches for the Rangers, either.
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: April 03, 2018 at 09:09 PM (#5647754)
wrong thread.

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