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SBD/August 21, 2013/Franchises
Padres Promise Big Overhaul At Introductory Event For President & CEO Mike Dee
Published August 21, 2013
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS: Fowler said that the Padres "will have more than a 20 percent increase" in payroll next year. In San Diego, Matt Calkins writes, "You have to credit Fowler for giving us a number. Now he just has to back it up." Seidler "pointed out" that the team's payroll has "increased double-digits from last year's mark." Calkins: "Is that significant? Is $67 million a number that could even moderately satisfy a victory-starved fan base at this point?" Fowler was told that many Padres fans are "offended by the team's payroll, and that ownership isn't spending enough." He replied, "I agree." It is "important to remember" that the increase Fowler predicts would have the Padres' payroll at around $85M, which, as of right now, "would bump them ahead of only the Rockies" in the NL West (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/21).