The foolish spending continues; Braves will apparently pay Trevor Cahill, 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.608 WHIP last season, $5.5 mil this year. Add that to the $11 million Nick Markakis will receive in 2015, the first of a four-year deal, and the $27.5 million due Melvin and Uggla and you end up... Continue Reading →
In 2003, the Braves' $106 million payroll was the third-highest in baseball, behind only the Yankees and Mets. In 2013, they ranked 16th, with $89 million committed to player salaries. In 2014, the Royals and D'backs appear primed to have higher payrolls. I hate to be keep being a wet blanket, but those who think the... Continue Reading →
The Braves and Diamondbacks had nearly identical payrolls in 2013. Arizona's local TV contract is a little better -- they receive $31 million annually for their broadcasting rights -- but the Braves made up for it in attendance, drawing 5,000 more fans a game than the Snakes. The similarities end there. According to Ken Rosenthal,... Continue Reading →
According to to Liberty Media's quarterly filing with the SEC (h/t Willie Montanez), the Braves reported revenues of $251 million for FY 2013 (through 9/30) with a operating income -- the difference between operating revenues and operating expenses -- of $52 million. That's an increase of $21 million from the same period in 2012, when the team... Continue Reading →
DOB reports: The Braves’ payroll is likely to rise to about $100 million in 2014, up from approximately $90 million in 2013. That’s right in the middle of the pack of 30 MLB teams. All major league teams will receive about $25 million more annually beginning in 2014 from the new national TV contract. The... Continue Reading →
We assumed the trade of Tommy Hanson meant the Braves had around $14 million to spend for LF and the bench. Not surprisingly, that number shrunk over the weekend. According to DOB, "indications are that have a total of about $10 million or slightly more to spend on those positions." Oh, but Terry McGuirk tells... Continue Reading →
The new national TV contracts mean each team will receive an additional $27 million, starting next year. Alas, Liberty won't be using that money to acquire new talent. According to Mark Bowman, the Braves' payroll will remain around $94 million. The descent into small marketdom continues, thanks to indifferent ownership.
You've probably heard about those new regional TV contracts that have allowed teams like the Rangers and Angels to spend big this offseason. That got me optimistic, since the Braves, more than most, are truly a regional team.But the Bravos won't be able to take advantage of that enhanced revenue stream for 20-plus years, thanks... Continue Reading →
GM Frank Wren told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio that the Braves will increase their payroll in 2012, but that doesn’t mean they’ll pursue top free agent shortstops (all Twitter links). Wren indirectly ruled free agents Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes out by expressing a strong preference for one-year deals. Though the Braves remain... Continue Reading →
Probably not in 2012, as Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are likely to raise payroll, although I'm guessing it will be a modest (think $5 million) increase, if any. It'll be a slight jump compared to the Nats and Marlins, who are reportedly bidding on the likes of Pujols, Fielder, C.J. Wilson and Reyes. Signing... Continue Reading →
According to MLBTradeRumors, raises for arbitration-eligible players Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, Eric O'Flaherty, Michael Bourn and Peter Moylan will add up to roughly $21 million against next year's payroll. Combine that with their other contractual agreements and you get around $88 million, not including minimum salary players. So you're pretty much at this year's $91... Continue Reading →
I just paid $54 for two upper box seats. The cheap seats, they used to call 'em. Three years ago, those seats were $12 apiece. The team raised the price slightly for "premium" games in the ensuing years -- $16, $18 most. Suddenly they're $27, despite a recession. No wonder attendance is down. Typical of... Continue Reading →
Fredi commenting on Proctor post-game: "And you feel really comfortable with Scotty Proctor in that situation to handle those guys." As for Proctor's replacement, don't count Kris Medlen anytime soon: Medlen suffers a second setback in elbow surgery recovery Speaking of injuries: Jones considering skipping All-Star game to address right knee And don't count on... Continue Reading →
The Red Sox are about to acquire Adrian Gonzalez for a package of prospects. Jacoby Ellsbury is still with the Sox -- for now. Buster Olney sez Boston has enough payroll flexibility to afford either Crawford or Werth. If they add one of those All-Stars, Ellsbury appears the odd man out. I'm assuming Theo Epstein will try to swap him for prospects, having depleted his farm... Continue Reading →
Of the six division leaders, only the Yankees have a payroll above $100 mil.