Houston we have a problem, and Miami is in there too. Baseball needs a salary floor to even out the playing field.

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For years baseball has refused to talk about any type of salary cap, but what the sport really needs is not a ceiling, but a salary cap floor.

Bud NorrisCurrently the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins are making a mockery of fielding a competitive team.

With the Astros current roster,  Bud Norris is their highest paid player at $3 million and Carlos Pena making $2.9, after that it drops to $2 million for Jose Veras, and then $1.025 is the next highest player.

The Red Sox are paying their fourth outfielder $5 million and back up catcher $3.1 million. Boston has 21 players that make more than the fourth highest on Houston’s roster.

For switching leagues Houston also received $75 million from MLB. They are going to be fielding a AAA product on the field in 2013.

In 2013 baseball is going to cross the $3 billion mark in total salaries. When you divide that number by 30 teams, each team should spend $100 million each.

One solution would be to have a salary floor that teams must spend on players. In the NHL for example, they had one contract where the floor was 55% of the ceiling.

Of course baseball does not have any type of cap, but starting in 2014 teams will be penalized if they go over $189 million.

If the Yankees could void ARod’s fraudulent deal, they might be able to get down to that number.

The Dodgers are the only other team that needs to worry, but they do not seem to care about the future, they only care about 2013.

It isn’t the ceiling that baseball has problems with, it is the floor. Both Houston and Miami are putting an inferior product on the field by not paying any quality players.

In Miami’s case they have one player making over $2 million. Ricky Nolasco is getting $11.5 million according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.


Miami and Houston both have good young players in their system, but they are not MLB ready in 2013.

The fans of those two teams are missing one of baseball’s most cherished traditions. Each baseball fan should feel that  “Hope Springs Eternal” at this time of the year.

Casey1For fans of the Astros and Marlins how much hope do they really have?

Could you imagine if the Patriots and Giants got to spend five times as much as the Dolphins and Texans. The games would not be pretty to watch.

Do you think the Astros and Marlins will each lose 100 games in 2013?

It could be they will each be worse than the expansion NY Mets of 1962 that won only 40 games and lost 120. At least the Mets had Casey Stengel and Don Zimmer to go see.

Why would anyone want to see the Astros and Marlins this year?

About Rick Swanson 91 Articles
Rick Swanson has been an online feature writer for numerous websites since 2005. He was also a speaker at Boston SABR meetings from 2007-2009. Rick has created three statistics for baseball.... Reaction over Range: A new way to measure defense. Divide reaction time of any play, by the range distance. Umpire Strikezone Score: Take the total number of correct pitches called, divided by the total number of pitches called. Power Pitching: Add WHIP plus ERA and subtract the number of strikeouts per inning. Rick's current title is Consultant, Red Sox and Fenway Park History. In 2007, he was nominated for President of Red Sox Nation by Red Sox team president, Larry Lucchino. You can email Rick here: rickswanson AT cox DOT net

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