Is our Front Office Lying to Us?
Posted by Kris N. on January 13, 2010
I found out something interesting about our payroll after a listening to “Atlanta Baseball Talk’s” latest podcast. I counted up the published payroll (http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/atlanta-braves_15.html) and got this:
If Moylan & Melky each make $3M (a stretch). Braves have $85,888,667, before incentives. If all incentives are met, it’s $90,488,667.
Now we both now that Moylan and Melky won’t make $3M each, somewhere closer to $2M is more realistic, but let’s just assuming they’ll make $3M. With the current payroll, the absolute most the Braves have to pay is $90,488,667, if every meets their bonuses and incentives. And yet “we are out of money,” but “are not cutting payroll.”
Sounds really fishy.
What I’m thinking is, last year the Braves spent $95M, but Hudson’s salary (or a least a portion) was covered by insurance, so they were free to spend more money, $5M more.
What do you think?
Are the Braves lying to us?