Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.
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A look at ever-increasing player salaries and the player best-positioned to eclipse the $300 million mark
"Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face." – Albert Spalding, 1881
How long have we been hearing that baseball players are paid too much? By my count, it’s been since it was decided that they should be paid. Babe Ruth was the first to hit the $50,000 mark in 1922, and Hank Greenburg hit the $100,000 mark 25 years later.
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Thanks to Zack Greinke's desires, Dayton Moore is not a villain in Kansas City, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
Dayton Moore faced the decision that all small-market general managers seem to eventually be forced to make: do you hold on to your most marketable player, or do you trade him for young and affordable players in bulk? The Royals' GM made that decision last weekend and shipped right-hander Zack Greinke, just one year removed from winning the American League Cy Young award, to the Brewers a pair of 24-year-olds in shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain and two pitching prospects.
The Red Sox add a second big bat in Carl Crawford, along with news and notes from around the major leagues.
The Yankees always say that if they don't win the World Series then it has been an unsuccessful season. Their main rivals, the Red Sox, don't have standards quite that high, but it's close. When the Red Sox fail to make the postseason, Red Sox Nation considers it a failure.
The day is dawning when the Cardinals must re-sign Albert Pujols and the Brewers must do the same with Prince Fielder.
Baseball's largest division will likely feature four of the top 15 payrolls in the game for 2010-the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros, and Brewers. The other two teams, the Reds and the Pirates, project to rank 23rd and 29th or 30th, respectively. Continuing our look at the 2010 payroll forecasts (the projections for the AL Central can be found here), let's take a look at the NL Central.
Starting in the middle, a six-part evaluation of the payroll picture of the 30 clubs.
Let's take a look at the payroll forecasts for 2010 for each of the five teams in the American League Central, the first in a six-part series spotlighting each of the divisions in Major League Baseball.
The top of the winter crop of free agents, a pair of NL Central teams sort out their off-season plans, plus rumors.
It is generally accepted that Matt Holliday will command the largest contract of any player on this year's free-agent market. Holliday is coming off a fantastic finish to the 2009 season. He hit .353/.419/.604 in 270 plate appearances with the Cardinals to help them win the National League Central championship after he was acquired from the Athletics in a late-July trade. The left fielder is also represented by Scott Boras, and no agent does a better job of consistently getting top dollar for his clients, even at a time when clubs insist they are going to spend less because of declining attendance and a soft economy.