April 10, 2017
Tracking Payroll Trends
Last week, I wrote about team payrolls as a percentage of the league average. I found that the Royals have increased their payroll on a relative basis for six straight years, and the Orioles have done so for five straight. During the past three years, the teams that have grown their payroll the most are the surging Astros and Cubs. The teams that have cut theirs the most are the rebuilding Phillies, Brewers, and Reds. That was all interesting, if not completely unexpected (except maybe about the Royals and O’s).
The article was prompted by baseball analyst Sky Kalkman, who tweeted on April 4:
I let him know that I’d played the role of “someone,” and he replied,
Sky Kalkman, The Official Idea Generator of the Flu-Like Symptoms Column™.