Moneyball extremes: Dodgers and Astros salaries

Baseball needs to figure out a better way to split up the money they bring in from MLBAM. Each team should also be mandated to spend a portion of that profit on player salaries.

Houston AstrosThe words “salary cap” and “baseball” have been a striking issue in the past. But maybe those that control the game, that being the players and the owners, can work together as a team to find a proper solution.

In 2013, MLB will cross the $3 billion mark in total salaries. With 30 teams, that divides into $100 million per team.

If baseball set up their salary structure like football and basketball does, they will divide up the talent more equally….

  • Each team should be required to have three players in the $10+ million range. The Dodgers have ten such contracts. Houston has zero.
  • Each team should have six players make between $5M and $10M.  The Dodgers have four. Houston has zero.
  • Each team should have eight players between $2M and $5M.  The Dodgers have seven. Houston has three.
  • Each team should have four players making between $1M and $2M million.  The Dodgers have three. Houston has one.

In 2013, the LA Dodgers have 24 players guaranteed to make over $1 million, while Houston has just four.

The minimum salary a player can receive in baseball is $490,000 in 2013. You could say that baseball does have a cap floor, it’s $12,225,000.

Starting in 2014, there will be new penalties levied against teams that go over $189 million in total salary.

There were many players that Houston could have bid on during free agency. Instead the owners of this team kept all the money they got from switching leagues, reported to be $75 million, and they plan on showcasing a minor league product to the fans of MLB this year.

Maybe Houston should just let their pitchers hit, and then they can save a few bucks more, by not paying extra for a DH.

Instead of making teams like the Dodgers pay a luxury tax, maybe baseball should make teams that don’t spend anything on free agents pay an Astro-miser tax.

MLB has figured out how to balance the league by putting 15 teams in each, next they need to figure out how to divide up the cost of the players.

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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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