SouthSideRyan wrote:Transmogrified Tiger wrote:I don't want to begrudge anyone the owner-hating they're set on, but as far as the roster-building portion goes, I'm way more annoyed with the front office than ownership. Yes, payroll can and almost certainly should be higher, but even if they're literally at their absolute ceiling, it really wasn't hard to do better(and that payroll is as high as it's ever been/maybe highest in MLB). Especially if you're selling your soul to keep Russell on the team, it's borderline trivial. Tell Hamels to get lost, trade Zobrist for the best pre-arb reliever you can find, still sign Descalso, sign Harper, trade Happ/Almora for pre-arb SP or go dumpster diving with a volume approach that already has Montgomery and Chatwood as 5th starter options. The only way that the lack of a meaningful improvement this offseason is at the Ricketts' feet is if they handcuffed the FO after they brought back Hamels.
The payroll is capped going forward. All they were allowed were one time expenditures with the Hamels money next year earmarked for raises
I can understand that, although there is a cyclical nature to this(you aren't going to want to keep every player through all arb years and beyond, other contracts come off the books, etc). I'd be more irritated(although to be clear, the idea that they're capping out around 225 LT payroll is cheaping out on ownership's part) if that cap were lower than it appears to be, since upwards of 28 other teams are treating the LT threshold as a hard cap.