Mel Jr., Uggla, Markakis, Cahill = 1/2 of #Braves payroll

April 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

What a difference 10 years make

January 22, 2014 // 13 Comments

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 [...]

Keeping up with the Arizonas

January 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

What will Braves spend their $25 million on?

October 30, 2013 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Braves always round down when it comes to payroll

December 2, 2012 // 3 Comments

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, [...]

Wren on the record: Payroll will increase

November 8, 2011 // 9 Comments

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 [...]

Holding Liberty accountable

July 16, 2011 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Storm clouds, and a stupid quote from Fredi

July 9, 2011 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Ellsbury just became more available

December 4, 2010 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

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