LADY AT THE BAT: Spending Sprees & Ozzie Decrees

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Spending Sprees & Ozzie Decrees

At $189.6 million, the Yankees still have the highest payroll in baseball. However, according to USA Today, other teams are giving them a "run for their money."

Several teams increased their payrolls this past offseason. The Red Sox payroll is now up to $143 million (a 19% increase) with signings that included Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Mets payroll went up by 14%, to $115.2 million. Other teams with payrolls over $100 million this year are The Angels, The Dodgers, the White Sox and, surprisingly, the Mariners. Another surprise: the Marlins payroll, though it's well below $100 million, had the biggest increase this past off-season, $14.9 million to $30.5 million, a 103% increase.

Did Ozzie Guillen read the USA Today article? Probably not. I'm sure he already knew that his team's payroll increased by 6%, to $108.7 million. But that's probably not why he told the Chicago Sun Times that, "If [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf or [GM] Kenny Williams believes that I didn't do what I was supposed to do at the end of this year, they should fire me." Why did Ozzie say that? Your guess is as good as mine, but Kenny Williams' guess is the best: "...it's Ozzie being Ozzie."

The Lady

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