• 47% Of Teams Lower Payroll, Yankees Not Among Them

    Posted by on April 5th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Via USA Today

    Fourteen of baseball’s 30 teams enter the season with lower payrolls, based on documents obtained by USA TODAY from the Major League Baseball Players Association, clubs and MLB’s central office. In 2009, the same number of teams cut opening-day payroll, however growth of the average annual player salary remained steady at 4% over the previous season. This year’s 1% increase on player salaries — to $3.27 million from $3.26 million — is the smallest since 2004 when they decreased by 4%.

    The New York Yankees retain their lead with a payroll of $206.3 million, a 2% increase, while their chief American League East rival, the Boston Red Sox, are second at $162.4 million, a 33% increase. The Yankees, whose payroll is nearly six times that of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ $34.9 million, are led by third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s $33 million salary. New York’s starting infield will earn $85.2M, more than 16 teams.

    “We’re struggling to sign (first baseman Prince Fielder),” Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said, “and the Yankees infield is making more than our team.”

    For the record, here’s some background on Mark Attanasio from three years ago:

    …Attanasio, a life-long New York Yankees fan who grew up in the Bronx and wore his Yankees jersey to Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

    Attanasio, who bought the Brewers for $223 million, lives in a $10 million mansion in Brentwood and has a $6 million summer hangout in Malibu. He and Debbie have a son who’s a freshman at Brown and another son who is a high school freshman.

    Attanasio is a baseball junkie who will watch his team on TV, the Internet and Blackberry and bring his satellite radio on plane trips, claiming he can pick up reception by pointing the antennae south. He saw about 40 Brewers games in person his first season, 30 last year and six this year.

    Sounds like Attanasio has a bad case of pinstripe envy. Maybe he sould sell the summer house and pick up some starting pitching with the cash?

    Comments on 47% Of Teams Lower Payroll, Yankees Not Among Them

    1. Evan3457
      April 5th, 2010 | 4:14 pm

      47% of teams lowered payroll means 53% of teams raised payroll.

      The industry wide average was a 1% hike; the Yanks are at 2%. The Red Sox are up 33%.

      Attanasio paid $223 million for his team; the Yanks are supposedky worth in excess of $1 billion. You get what you pay for, Mark.

    2. MJ Recanati
      April 5th, 2010 | 4:16 pm

      @ Evan3457:

      I love how Mark Attanasio always complains. Who told him to buy the goddamn Brewers if he didn’t like their financial situation? Idiot.

    3. Thomas Tu
      April 6th, 2010 | 11:19 am

      If Attanasio really is a Yankees fan, then I’m more than certain his statement was less of a complaint and more of a “tongue-in-cheek” stating of fact.

      We really need to hear the tone in which he said it. But my estimation is that he’s really not that mad at the Yankees… if he’s a true fan.

    4. MJ Recanati
      April 6th, 2010 | 12:04 pm

      @ Thomas Tu:
      I assume he used to be a fan growing up but that now he’s only a fan of the Brewers and his bottom line.

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