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 Post subject: Re: A little spending perspective
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:01 pm 
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No. 9 wrote:
According to Cot's contracts, the Los Angeles Dodgers have committed the following sums to 3 of their top pitchers for 2013:

Grienke: $17M
Billingsley: $11M
Kershaw: $11M

That is a total of $39M for 3 pitchers. With the Dodgers receiving $250M in local TV revenue alone, they have committed 15.6% of their local TV revenue to their 3 top pitchers. They still have $211M in local TV revenue to spend on the remaining roster slots.

According to Cot's contracts, the Pirates will be paying the following sums to 2 of their top pitchers for 2013:

Burnett: $8M
Rodriguez: $8.5M

That is a total of $16.5M for 2 pitchers. With the Bucs receiving $20M in local TV revenue, they have committed 82.5% of their local TV revenue total to their top 2 pitchers. That leaves $3.5M of local TV revenue to spend on other players.

So . . let's add Gonzalez's $21M in 2013 and Kemp's $20M in 2013 to the Dodgers' equation. Adding those salaries to the pitchers mentioned above and the Dodgers have committed 32% of their local TV revenue in 2013 to Kershaw, Greinke, Billingsley, Kemp and Gonzalez.

Let's add McCutchen to the equation for the Bucs. They are paying him $4.5 million in 2013. Adding Cutch's salary uses up every last dime of the Bucs' local TV revenue. For 3 players. The Dodgers still have $170M to spend on 19 roster slots before they have to "dip" into ticket sales, merchandising revenue, national TV revenue, etc.

The system is broke. Plain and simple.

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