Arizona May Have To Rethink Their Team Salary In The NL West With High Spending LA + SF

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't have the type of year in 2013 that they had wished for, however the future looks really strong.  Aided by a slugging 1st Baseman (Paul Goldschmidt), and great young Staring Pitching like Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin, added with Veterans Miguel Montero, Martin Prado and Aaron Hill, with prospects A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton being the future core, this team should see some heavy duty improvement from year to year.

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t have the type of year in 2013 that they had wished for, however the future looks really strong. Aided by a slugging 1st Baseman (Paul Goldschmidt), and great young Staring Pitching like Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin, added with Veterans Miguel Montero, Martin Prado and Aaron Hill, with prospects A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton being the future core, this team should see some heavy duty improvement from year to year.  Having said this, they compete with the two most expensive payrolls in the NL – in their Division with the Dodgers and Giants.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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Chase Field is a pretty cool ballpark.  The Diamondbacks have been often voted as one of the better organizations in the MLB for how they treat their fanbases for guest services, value and overall baseball experiences.

While the D’Backs finished in 14th for NL Attendance this year, they cracked the 2 Million fan barrier for the 15th straight year since entering the league.

Over the last 8 years, the team has kept comfortably between 2.0 MIL and 2.5 MIL.

Back in the first few seasons of MLB in the desert, the franchise was drawing well over 3 Million fans..

Paul Goldschmidt 2013 Highlights

Paul Goldschmidt was locked up to an incredibly team friendly contract of 5 YRs/ $32.5 MIL.  With the NL MVP caliber type baseball he has put forth this campaign - and likely will do in the future, this will ensure the DBacks could stay competitive with some cost certainty among their top players.  The man from Wilmington, Delaware is just 25 - and could end up  as an ALL - Time Great for the franchise by the time it is all said and done.

Paul Goldschmidt was locked up to an incredibly team friendly contract of 5 YRs/ $32.5 MIL. With the NL MVP caliber type baseball he has put forth this campaign – and likely will do in the future, this will ensure the DBacks could stay competitive with some cost certainty among their top players. The man from Wilmington, Delaware is just 25 – and could end up as an ALL – Time Great for the franchise by the time it is all said and done.  Arizona will look to their young prospects to develop with him all at the same time.  If everything works out, it should be a few years before this franchise starts needing to bump payroll to maintain even its current Roster of players.

Whether the rest of the fans in baseball know it, the DBacks have been a pretty decent squad since their inception in 1998.

The club has made the playoffs 5 times in that span, winning the 2001 World Series in just their 4th year of existence, eclipsing the Marlins as the quickest franchise to win a ‘Fall Classic’ from expansion.

But then something has happened in the last 18 months.  The LA Dodgers have come under new ownership, and have changed the landscape of competition in the NL West by ballooning in acquiring expensive players

Los Angeles is going to be a regular spender of over $200 MIL on team salary and San Francisco can spend up to $150 MIL based on their revenue stream as well.

Where does this leave the D’Backs?

You would think that winning 94 Games, and the Division in 2011 – would have translated into more people going through the turnstiles, but that season’s attendance came in at 2,105,432.

In back to back 81 – 81 years since then, the crowds were 2,177,617 in 2012 – and 2,134,795 this last year respectively.

With an estimated $96 MIL on the books for 2014, and a nice crop of players coming back for another season, can the team compete in the long – term like this?

If the ownership group and brass was willing to spend some extra money, would it come back in the form of fan attendance?  That question is tough to answer, although based on recent evidence, no it will not.

Kevin Towers will have his work cut out for him to scout talent, pull off trades, and to think about evaluating players in the long-term based on the new economics of the Division.

The 2016 MLB CBA may shed some light on what the franchise can do in the long run to keep up with the Giants and Dodgers.

But if it doesn’t, and the league is not in talks for realignment either, this could pose problems for the D’Backs in the next generation.

The team has great young pitching in Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, and a nice mix of a superstar like Paul Goldschmidt – with several cagey veterans like Aaron Hill, Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado.

The team also has a pile of young talent in A.J. Pollock, Didi Gregorius, Randall Delgado, Archie Bradley, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Davidson , Adam Eaton and Chris Owings, who are either in their infancy years of the MLB, or on the cusp of making it there.

Let’s just hope that when the team needs to shell out some money for competing, that is there, and the fans will make it count at Chase Field with their pocketbook for tickets!

Chase Field is one of the better park in the MLB.  The team has maintained attendance between 2 and 2.5 Million Fans in recent, years however the 2013 version of the team finished in 14th out of 15 NL clubs, with only the New Marlins Ball Park finishing lower.  Will the fans pack the place, if the team spends some extra $

Chase Field is one of the better parks in all of the MLB. The team has maintained attendance between 2 and 2.5 Million Fans in recent years, however the 2013 version of the team finished in 14th out of 15 NL clubs, with only the New Marlins Ball Park finishing lower. Will the fans pack the place, if the team spends some extra cash on the talent?  While the D’Backs are right on par with spending in the Division with the Rockies and the Padres, the Giants project to be about $50 MIL ahead in Team Salary – and the Dodgers will carry a Team Salary base well north of $200 MIL for ever year going forward.  The next time the Collective Bargaining Agreement is up – will be in 2016.  Arizona should push for a Salary Cap!

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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