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08:14 AM ET 04.01 | Again, we are reminded by the highest-spending teams in baseball, that it's not so much the rich getting richer; it's the rich being able to afford their mistakes. There will be $72.27 million this year in teams subsidizing contracts of players no longer with their clubs, according to salary information obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The Pittsburgh Pirates benefited the most, receiving $13.26 million from the Yankees and Houston Astros to help pay for pitchers A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez. ... "When you're getting to the point you're talking about moving a big salary, especially when you're subsidizing a salary," Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein says, "that means something has gone dramatically wrong."

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April 1, 2013  08:24 AM ET

The biggest problem in baseball is the payroll disparity. According to Deadspin, the Yankees payroll is $228,995,945 and the Astros payroll is $24,328,538. Even the Blue Jays payroll (who spent like a big market team this summer) is $118,244,039 - just over half of the Yankees payroll. MLB needs a payroll floor (like the NHL) and a better cap system!

April 1, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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The biggest problem in baseball is the payroll disparity. According to Deadspin, the Yankees payroll is $228,995,945 and the Astros payroll is $24,328,538. Even the Blue Jays payroll (who spent like a big market team this summer) is $118,244,039 - just over half of the Yankees payroll. MLB needs a payroll floor (like the NHL) and a better cap system!

The problem going forward is the cap, even with a luxury tax, has no meaning . There are owners with billions to play with, and a $50 million or more year loss owning a team means nothing to them. They spend more than that maintaining Yachts they do not use, and jets they rarely use and estates they do not live in. Just another tax write off. Perfect example , and becoming more common, are owners like Ilitch and his wife in Detroit and Arte Moreno in LA. Come on, he sold a company for $8 billion 15 years ago. Does anyone really think he cares about a luxury tax of $20 million?

Money is not an issue to these guys. Not at all.

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April 1, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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The big spenders each year look more and more ridiculous though. Who you like this year...the Yankees or the Rays? Who do you like...the Dodgers or the Giants? Who will finish in first...the Phillies or the Nationals?Me, I'll put my money on the smart, fiscally conservative teams.

Like the Pirates who have had 20 losing seasons in a row???


Let's Go Bucs!!!

April 1, 2013  12:30 PM ET
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The big spenders each year look more and more ridiculous though. Who you like this year...the Yankees or the Rays? Who do you like...the Dodgers or the Giants? Who will finish in first...the Phillies or the Nationals?Me, I'll put my money on the smart, fiscally conservative teams.

Like the Pirates who have had 20 losing seasons in a row???

April 1, 2013  03:29 PM ET
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The problem going forward is the cap, even with a luxury tax, has no meaning . There are owners with billions to play with, and a $50 million or more year loss owning a team means nothing to them. They spend more than that maintaining Yachts they do not use, and jets they rarely use and estates they do not live in. Just another tax write off. Perfect example , and becoming more common, are owners like Ilitch and his wife in Detroit and Arte Moreno in LA. Come on, he sold a company for $8 billion 15 years ago. Does anyone really think he cares about a luxury tax of $20 million?Money is not an issue to these guys. Not at all.

Hot n Readys are flying outta the ovens @ Little Caesars !!!

April 2, 2013  10:19 AM ET

I would venture that the big spending teams are good for baseball. They spend money making teams more exciting generating more excitement around the sport and incidentally helping to fund the small market teams as a result. If we had a salary floor, those small market teams could be more competitive, rather than focusing on profit at the cost of a competitive team.

April 2, 2013  10:34 AM ET

wiseup: If an owner can't afford to, or won't spend the money to put a competative team on the field, he has no business owning a team. If owner receive money from luxury taxes that money should have to go toward player salaries and not into owners pockets.

April 2, 2013  10:46 AM ET

wiseup: A minimum salary floor could be a good idea only if a slary cap is also put in place. this would only work if a salary cap was also put in place.( I can see Boras having a panic attack at even the mention of a salary cap). It has proven that teams can't buy championships.

April 2, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The biggest problem in baseball is the payroll disparity. According to Deadspin, the Yankees payroll is $228,995,945 and the Astros payroll is $24,328,538. Even the Blue Jays payroll (who spent like a big market team this summer) is $118,244,039 - just over half of the Yankees payroll. MLB needs a payroll floor (like the NHL) and a better cap system!

I agree with you 100%. To add to what you said, teams like the Marlins should not be allowed to do what they have been doing, getting money from the Luxury tax just to pocket it. Teams should be made to account for every penny given to them from the Luxury tax pool. MLB should account for how it is distributed as well.

 
April 2, 2013  01:46 PM ET

Sorry to disagree but - what is broken? Big spending has not been the key to success. Look at the play-off teams last year - a mixture of small medium and large budget teams.

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