Braves contend their payroll will remain the same
After yesterday’s press conference that announced Troy Glaus as the Braves new first baseman, I asked John Schuerholz about the fact that it appeared the club had decreased its payroll.
Like many of you, I had been putting these salaries in a data base and essentially finding a payroll that added up to something in the neighborhood of $85-87 million. During the 2009 season, the Braves spent closer to $95 million.
When Schuerholz responded, “(The payroll) won’t be diminished at all”, I basically knew I’d be spending a portion of the evening trying to dissect his words to determine how he was expressing a falsehood in a truthful manner.
But after a few more conversations this afternoon, I was led to believe it’s time to put “PayrollGate 2010” to bed.
While the Braves spent approximately $95 million last year, a portion of this total was utilized via insurance funds provided courtesy of the fact that Tim Hudson missed the first five months of the season.
When you subtract these unspecified funds, it’s easier to see why the Braves say their payroll will once again rest around $90 million.
Of course at the end of the day, does it really matter whether they’re spending $86 or $94 million? I mean if they don’t make the playoffs again next year, I’m going to have to guess there won’t be anybody saying, “yeah, but at least they tried by spending that extra $8 million.”