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Braves Payroll Slides From 6th In MLB To Middle Of The Pack
Published January 21, 2004
|$80M Payroll Moves Braves
Into Middle Of The Pack
The Braves' projected $80M payroll in '04 will be $15M "below last year's figure and likely will drop them from sixth in the majors to near the middle" of MLB payrolls, according to David O'Brien of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Braves GM John Schuerholz said of the trimmed payroll, "That should not be a negative message. That's still a lot of money. It's enough, as the last two world championship teams have shown." Braves President & Chair Terry McGuirk said, "I would never use that word [middle-market]. I think we are an elite team. The economics of baseball are extremely flawed, and there is a huge adjustment going on with most teams." The Braves claimed annual losses of $15M or more in recent years, and McGuirk believes that "reducing payroll and using more prospects from the minors is a sign of the times." McGuirk: "By and large, we have a system (in baseball) that has gone out of control from a cost standpoint and I think you're seeing unilateral attempts by individual owners to get their business in order" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/21).