Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Hey Big Spender!

In a league where the reigning champions boast a payroll of over $200-million, it's funny to see a story like this: The MLB's Florida Marlins are being forced to spend more money.

What?!

According to ESPN, the team has reached an agreement with the players' union to increase spending because there are concerns their payroll is so small that it could be in violation of baseball's revenue sharing provisions.

In the Major Leagues, each club is supposed to use what it gets from revenue sharing to improve the team in some way, but the union has noticed a few teams, including Florida, not doing that in recent years.

The irony in all of this is that the Marlins finished six games out of first place in the NL-East last season and had the eighth best winning percentage in the entire league - all with a payroll of $36.8-million. Compare that to last year's New York Mets, who spent $105-million more on players but wound up 17 games back of Florida at the end of the season.

The Marlins have spent an average of $29.7-million on player salaries since the 2007 season and have gone from 26th in win percentage to where they are now, all the while having either the lowest or second-lowest payroll in the league. It's also interesting to note that none of the teams that finished with better win percentages than them last season spent less than $70-million.

Talk about "bang for your buck" eh?

It's so impressive in fact, that the New York Yankees are giving the Marlins strategy a shot for the upcoming season.

Well, not quite, but there were reports back in December that the Bronx Bombers planned to dump about $23-million worth of salary in the offseason.

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