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  • December 22nd, 2009

    December 22, 2009:
    Is there a Classier Player in all of Baseball
    than Mike Lowell???

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I highly doubt it…

    Despite the fact that the Sox were pretty much dumping payroll in the deal that would have sent Mike Lowell to the Rangers (to play FIRST BASE NO LESS) for Max Ramirez, the backup catcher who is a pretty awful backup catcher, buy MIGHT have a bat, he remains dignified as always: “…The first day of the winter meetings was when I was ordered to get an MRI. I understand the business. That first day was to make sure the medicals could be sent to other teams. I have no problem in them shopping me around…

    Overall, his version of events coincided with what Assistant GM Ben Cherington said in his interview, but he did express his displeasure with one thing–the delay in getting the surgery: “…I would have preferred to have the surgery in October once the season was officially over. I don’t want to race to spring training.”

    The final payroll numbers for all 30 major league teams have been released, and, the Skanks once again have to pay the luxury Tax, which, should come as no surprise to anyone, as they have done do every year since its inception in 2002. And this year, they are the only one to exceed the threshold to trigger the payment–which is $25.69 million for the 2009 campaign. Of the total $190 paid in luxury taxes, the Skanks have shelled out $174 million of it in the last 7 years.

    And the rest? The Sox have paid out $13.9 million over 4 years (04-07), Detroit paid $1.3 million in 08, and the Angels paid out $927.059 in 04.

    And over that 7 year span, the Skanks have won all of 1 World Series–truly, was it worth it?

    Here is the Top 5 in Payroll for the 2009 campaign–and yes, that is a almost $78 MILLION difference between the 1st and 2nd place teams…and a difference of $182.5 MILLION between #1 and #30…:

    • Skanks: $220 Million
    • Mets: $142.2 Million
    • Cubs: $141.6 Million
    • Sox: $140.5 Million
    • Detroit: $139.4 Million

    And the bottom 5:

    • Nationals: $69.3 Million
    • Athletics: $61.6 Million
    • Pirates: $47.9 Million
    • Padres $43.2 Million
    • Marlins $37.5 Million

    The payroll amounts are calculated based upon the 40-man, and include: salaries, prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions…

    And, in case you were wondering, nothing doing on the Jason Bay front–he is still looking for a 5 year deal, but neither the Sox, nor the Mets are moving past a 4 year deal at this point. No one is sure if there is another team in the mix…and Seattle has been very quiet…

    Coming up: 3 days before Christmas, and unless Theo is going to one of the Adrians house for Christmas dinner, or even Matt Holliday’s, I don’t expect much to happen for the next week or so…

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