Hudson & McCann for Floyd & Doumit

The offseason isn’t over, but I’ll be surprised if you see any more major moves by the Braves. FW says as much.

Factoring in the anticipated arbitration raises, the Braves payroll will rise around $5 million.

We know the franchise is $20-to-$25 million richer from the national TV contracts. We hoped that money would go toward payroll. We should have known better.

(To those who’ve noted Rowland’s more pessimistic tone: I’m just complaining about things you’ll be complaining about a year from now.)

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4 Comments on Hudson & McCann for Floyd & Doumit

  1. roadrunner48 // December 19, 2013 at 8:05 am //

    I’m glad to see that the team finally sees the benefits of carrying three catchers. I like the Doumit trade. The bench looks pretty good now.

    2B is the only spot left where major changes are in order. It looks like La Stella is going to get a chance to win the job. That will be fun to watch.

    If O’Flaherty can be brought back on a reasonable 1-yr contract, the bullpen will be in great shape.

  2. Not only did the club get the extra TV money, the difference in what the team paid Hudson and McCann last year ($21M) and what Floyd and Doumit will get this year ($7.5M) is $13.5M.

  3. Arbitration raises will make up the difference in those salaries, but the extra TV money is going into John Malone’s bank account. I’d be okay w/ that if the Braves lock up any of their young core, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. And we’re probably stuck w/ Uggla. If that’s where we are in April, the offseason will have been a stunning failure.

  4. I probably shouldn’t add fuel to the fire by giving you this information. Liberty Media as a public company, has to file a quarterly 10-Q report with the SEC. The Braves results are disclosed in the report as a separate operating segment, since the nature of the Braves business is so much different from everything else Liberty owns.

    In their latest 10-Q, which covers the 9 months of 2013 ending 09/30, the Brave’s are reported to have Revenue of $251 million, with an Operating Income of $52 million. For the same 9 month period in 2012, revenue was $216 million and Operating Income was $31 million.

    Obviously in the 4th quarter of the year (October thru December), Operating Income will decrease as they still have some operating salary expense (Wren, the front office, scouts, the girl who sales me season tickets, etc.) with little associated income. However the 2012 to 2013 comparison tells an interesting story.

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