Friday, October 12, 2007

Fun With Numbers, Mark Kriegel Edition

Mark Kriegel of Foxsports has come to the original thought that the current day Red Sox aren’t all that different from the Yankees. What with the sprawled out fan base and massive payrolls. Welcome to the party pal.

He talks about salary gaps and ownership and whatnot, and ends with this stupid point:

Do the math. Add the salaries of C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Grady Sizemore, Franklin Guttierrez, Jhonny Peralta, Chris Gomez, Rafael Betancourt, Rafael Perez and Ryan Garko.
Now what do you have?

About a half million less than J.D. Drew.

Do the math. Add the salaries of Hideki Okajima (all-star), Jonathan Papelbon (arguable best closer in baseball), Kevin Youkilis (greek god of walks), Jon Lester, and Dustin Pedroia (likely ROY).

Now what do you have?

Less than the Indians are paying fourth outfielder Trot Nixon.

If I wanted to get real cute I could throw future ace Clay “no-hitter in my second ML start” Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury in there and move up from Nixon to Casey Blake or Joe Borowski, with plenty of room to spare.

So what point did Kriegel make? Young players, who have not hit free agency, are cheap. So the Red Sox spend a lot, like the Yankees, and players are cheap before you have to start paying market value for them. Thanks for wasting my time, Mark Kriegel.

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