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MLB Franchise Notes: Players Association Monitoring Mets' Payroll Situation
Published March 5, 2014
CHANGING SOX: ESPN.com’s Doug Padilla reported the White Sox’ expected Opening Day payroll of approximately $90M "represents an astronomical savings" from the $118M-plus Opening Day total last year. While “undergoing the process of getting those finances in line," the White Sox have created "hope for a brighter future by bringing aboard new faces” such as RF Avisail Garcia, LF Adam Eaton, 3B Matt Davidson and 1B Jose Abreu (ESPN.com, 3/4).
NATIONAL LANDSCAPE: In DC, Adam Kilgore noted the Nationals will soon have a choice -- either their "payroll will skyrocket more than it already has and push past $150 million," or their young core "will begin to break apart.” The Nationals will have about $90M “committed to eight players” in ‘15, depending on which team options they pick up. By that time, the Nationals “will be facing steep raises and potential extension negotiations” with P Stephen Strasburg, CF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/4).
TIME TO MOVE FORWARD: A Cleveland PLAIN DEALER editorial stated it is “time to acknowledge once and for all that the caricature” of the Indians’ Chief Wahoo “represents a racially insensitive stereotype of Native Americans.” It is “time for a clean break.” The editorial: “Take the heat. Deal with the backlash. Move on. It can be done thoughtfully, by simply acknowledging the mixed emotions of all involved” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/1).