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Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:28 pm
 
Carl Crawford A World Series ring would be most welcome to the Rays, but it has no bearing on the payroll situation.

Owner Stuart Sternberg has plans to reduce payroll after the year, saying in spring training it would be south of $60 million. Given the Rays have sluggers Carl Crawford (pictured) and Carlos Pena coming off the books, it represents quite the stark reminder that the Rays just can't sustain high payrolls, even one as "high" as an Opening Day mark of $72.8 million.

"Unfotunately there's nothing that can happen between now and April that can change [a lower payroll]," Sternberg told the St. Petersburg Times . "Unless Joe Maddon hits the lottery and wants to donate it, or I hit the lottery.''

Unlike spring training, Sternberg refused to speculate on how low the payroll can go. "I don't have a plan in mind what the lower [end] is,'' he said. "I just know it's going down.''

He also added that the Rays "can't come close" to turning a profit this season and doesn't believe season ticket sales will rise due to the successful year Tampa Bay has had.

The Rays (and Marlins, if they had effective PR) are perhaps baseball's shining example why, even with revenue sharing, it's next-to-impossible for small-market clubs to have any modicum of success.

Tampa will still have a young club and shouldn't fall off too terribly in competitiveness thanks to top prospect Desmond Jennings in line to replace Crawford and a bevy of top pitching prospects perhaps hinting at acquiring a replacement first baseman. However, the mere fact the Rays have to slash payroll under $60 million with such a promising team in a tough division is evidence enough that the system, if it isn't broken, isn't quite fixed.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:46 am
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

No, the Trop is actually 20 years old this year.



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:33 am
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

and the Rays made $29.4 M last season in operating profit.



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:28 am
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

Really?  The Marlins?  No.  They've been one of the most profitable MLB franchises over the past few years because of revenue sharing.  That's the real reason they keep payroll so low.  It's not because they can't, it's because they wont.
2009 Florida Marlins Operating Profit? --> $37.8 M





Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

That really sucks, because Carl Crawford has been the face of this team ever since he got here. And he has been with this team through their ups and downs......I hope that one of them hits the lottery so he can stay, because it will be one sad day if Carl Crawford leaves.......



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

Sorry but the Rays don't have a new stadium



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:54 pm
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

Uneducated comment.  The Trop is 15 years old.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

I agree...its not about winning a trophy anymore....It is all about how much the owners can win for their pockets.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:10 am
 

Rays owner says Rays will slash payroll

"The Rays (and , if they had effective PR) are perhaps baseball's shining example why, even with revenue sharing, it's next-to-impossible for small-market clubs to have any modicum of success."

The Rays and Marlins are shining examples of how nobody in Florida cares about Florida MLB teams. And yet they have two.. and new stadiums.. this makes my head hurt.


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