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Player contracts are sure to hit well over he 4 Billion Dollar mark in 2016. While the war is waged in the trenches of General Managers offices, the MLB will tell you that there is nothing wrong with the current system in baseball in terms of parity.
After all, the Kansas City Royals just won the World Series and they were not a top 10 salaried team. The Mets also not in the top 10, were in the Fall Classic.
Record 9 figured contracts are being doled out like Benjamin Franklin’s are going out of style.
In 2015, $579 MIL worth of cash was paid out to guys on the Disabled List, and Pitchers took 57.7% of the pie in that category. Starters were almost worth $248 MIL – and Relief Pitchers took down the other $86 MIL of that.
$334 MIL worth of payroll is about the sum for 3 average teams. That is a lot of dough spent to guys that only pitch 30 – 34 Starts – or produce just 4 – 70 Innings worth of work in Relief. Read the rest of this entry