- The Dodgers are #2 to NYY in revenues, but both spend about 35.5% of their revenues on player salaries. Only the Braves (34.82%), Padres (35.34%), and Pirates (29.84%) spend less as a percentage of revenues than do NYY and LAD.
- Paced by the Nationals (62.7%), there are 11 teams that allocate at least 48.5% of their revenue to player salaries: Rockies (59.4%), Reds (53.91%), Mets (52.68%), Boston (48.58%), Brewers (52.16%), Mariners (51.74%), Cardinals (51.1%), Astros (51.1%), Cubs (48.58%), Angels (48.5%).
- Average allocation percentage of player personnel salaries to revenues is 44.08%.
- The Dodgers have more revenue allocated to non-player salaries than 100% of the full revenue stream for all MLB teams except for; NYY, Cubs, Boston, SFG, Astros.
- Undeterred by how much of their revenue they are spending on player salaries, it was reported today that the Nationals are looking for a way to sign both Harper this year and Rendon next year. They may not sign either, but that they are even looking into the possibility is surprising.
Yesterday Mark commented,“The fact that the Yankees went over the Luxury Tax Threshold does not mean the Dodgers should do the same. That, and the Yankees have no outside shareholders to revolt. Hopefully you can understand that.” Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t, but I assumed that is directed at me since I brought up NYY exceeding the CBT threshold. I want to be clear. I never said the Dodgers should go above the CBT threshold because NYY has. I asked if he (or anyone else) thought that the threshold should be a de facto salary cap and not be crossed under any circumstance. I am not asking if anyone thinks Guggs does, because as of right now, I believe they will in fact stay under the threshold. What I am asking is, for those of you who are pleased that the team may be standing pat, do any of you believe the team should go over the CBT threshold if the additional payroll made the Dodgers better. I have already stated on multiple occasions that I believe the CBT is a de facto salary cap and that Todd Boehly is the one behind the pecuniary decisions. Maybe Kasten as well. And while I believe that Friedman is not the one setting the budget, I do believe he was hired for a reason. He has an innate ability to find the best value that will work within a constrained and already bloated budget that he inherited. I am not at all placing any blame on Friedman. Friedman is talented, but he is not omnipotent. While it is my belief that the team budget has been set by ownership and it will not exceed the threshold, I would hope that they would not stand on ceremony and not entertain a trade or FA signing that took the team over $206MM. I would be glad to be wrong. Some perspective on the revenues.