More money is better than less money

April 29, 2010 | John West

The Orioles and things I cannot accept. Part 1

First of all, I cannot accept the premise that the Oriole payroll is what it can be.  That a payroll of roughly $70 million is all we can afford.  WRONG!!!  We need to have a payroll to begin next year in the $85 to $90 million dollars.  This point needs to be made because of the salary this team will lose in the off season.

God Bless MLBTraderumors.com.  This website is fantastic and I recommend going to it just about every day.  Anyway, they posted a story with the following details about the Oriole payroll.

The Orioles can free up nearly $30 million by not having in their roster Kevin Millwood, Miguel Tejada, Koji Uehara, Ty Wiggington and Garrett Atkins.  This also assumes that we keep the services of Mark Hendrickson.  A Savings of $30 million dollars.

In order to keep the players we have through arbitration bumps, we will probably increase these players by about $15 million dollars.  I am talking about Adam Jones, Jim Johnson, Felix Pie, Jeremy Guthrie, Cla Meredith, Matt Albers and Luke Scott.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE $15 MILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND.

THIS MEANS WE HAVE $15 MILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND TO GET BACK UP TO THIS YEAR’S PAYROLL, WHICH ISN’T ENOUGH OF A PAYROLL TO COMPETE.

I can already hear, just like I heard last off season.  We only have as much money to spend to get up to our existing payroll level.  I reject that on its surface, and will fight everyone who suggests it.

WNST has been thorough in its description of MASN money and how much profit the Orioles are realizing by putting this losing team out there.  How about you still make a profit, but not as much, and spend to put a winner out there.  If you do that, then more people will show up at the yard, and then you can make more MONEY!!!!

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