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MLB's worst team also its most profitable ever

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07:21 AM ET 08.27 | Talk about your haves and have-nots, even if the club has since refuted the report. Forbes magazine reports the Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues, are on track to make $99 million in operating income this season, more than the last eight World Series champions combined. The Astros did not respond to Forbes' request to discuss the team's finances but team president Reid Ryan took issue with the numbers. ... [Jim Crane] was not available for comment Monday. However, several hours after Ryan's comments, the team issued a statement that it was "disappointed" by the "significant inaccuracies" in the Forbes.com story but would not disclose information on the Astros' finances.

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August 27, 2013  08:09 AM ET

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a winning record in 20 years. They must be loaded.

August 27, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Not only that they won yesterday

August 27, 2013  08:19 AM ET

...the team issued a statement that it was "disappointed" by the "significant inaccuracies" in the Forbes.com story...


They only made $98M

August 27, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Who cares **** long as they are building towards winning? They had no choice but to tear the team down in order to rebuild it. As long as they reinvest that money in scouting and player development, more power to them. I have no doubt this team wants to build a winner for the long term.

August 27, 2013  08:48 AM ET

I think I misspelled as.

August 27, 2013  08:51 AM ET

If this article is true the tros need to stay on the same course and not jump to deep in acquiring free agents next year and just keep building within because a winning record is still a few years away.

August 27, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Stros are learning from the Texas Longhorns. As long as you make the most money, the won/loss record doesn't matter. Just keep the net profits high....that's the name of the game. That winning stuff is overrated.

August 27, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a winning record in 20 years. They must be loaded.

They've been turning a profit on their luxury tax share for years.a profit before a single game ticket was sold.

August 27, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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They've been turning a profit on their luxury tax share for years.a profit before a single game ticket was sold.

Exactly. The Pirates were caught at this game years ago, lose a lot make a lot..And Bud Selig has still never voided a trade....

August 27, 2013  10:07 AM ET

" ya just got to believe me. Really. No, you cannot see the books. why would I lie?".... Reid Ryan

August 27, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Well we know it's not the Angels

August 27, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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I think I misspelled as.

Apparently.

August 27, 2013  01:09 PM ET

They would be stupid and wasteful to sink money into free agents before they develop a good core of winning players for the major league team. You can't buy a winner; but, you can use the free agent market to supplement your winning team into a possible championship team once you have the core.

August 27, 2013  01:55 PM ET
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...the team issued a statement that it was "disappointed" by the "significant inaccuracies" in the Forbes.com story... They only made $98M

Barely enough for a Vente coffee at Starbucks.

August 27, 2013  02:09 PM ET
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They would be stupid and wasteful to sink money into free agents before they develop a good core of winning players for the major league team. You can't buy a winner; but, you can use the free agent market to supplement your winning team into a possible championship team once you have the core.

When your payroll is as low as theirs and the Marlins a lot of thought and planning went in to it....it was the plan.

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August 27, 2013  09:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They would be stupid and wasteful to sink money into free agents before they develop a good core of winning players for the major league team. You can't buy a winner; but, you can use the free agent market to supplement your winning team into a possible championship team once you have the core.

There you go.

August 28, 2013  12:40 AM ET
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Hey, Miami Marlins...you see this?

THIS.

 
August 28, 2013  12:54 AM ET

The owner says the Astros will have one of baseball's highest payrolls once the farm system is stocked.

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