Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Comment Surfing: What do we owe?

Since no one wants to talk about last night's game, I thought I'd expand on a comment left by George about the Cubs' prospects for winning any number of games in the near future.

George points out that the Cubs have lots of large contracts left on the books next year, even after Derrek Lee walks. Indeed, before arbitration raises the team has guaranteed $103 million in 2011 salaries, as well as $62.5 million in 2012 salaries (only Alfonso Soriano's $19 mil-a-year goes beyond that, out until 2014).

But let's not get ahead of ourselves, folks. Even this year, we are paying some horribly untalented individuals some serious amounts of money. For today's moment of fun, I thought I'd direct your attention to those incidences. For example:

  • We are paying Aaron Miles $1,000,000 this year.
  • Jeff Samardzija is getting paid $3,000,000 in 2010.
  • John Grabow makes $2,700,000.
  • Xavier Nady: $3,300,000.
  • The $700,000 paid to Koyie Hill is a relatively small issue, but I'd like to point out that Geo Soto is making $575,000.
  • Chad Tracy is making $900,000.
  • And last but not least: Luis Vizcaino is getting paid $500,000.

There's a cool $12 million straight down the tube. Could we bring back Jason Marquis already?

Can we assume that payroll

Can we assume that payroll will be similar in 2011? If so, that gives the Cubs around $40,000,000 before arbitration raises to spend this winter. I'd wager that Cliff Lee gets paid around $19,000,000 per year for around 6-7 years (He is on the wrong side of 30 after all), so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Cubs actually sign him.

I'm pretty sure the Yankees

I'm pretty sure the Yankees will pay whatever it takes to get Cliff Lee. And don't dismiss arbitration raises so easily: Marmol, Marshall, Gorzelanny, and Soto are all arb2 eligible. The team must also make decisions on whether to keep Koyie Hill, Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker, and the injured Angel Guzman around.

I don't think the team will make any major salary commitments for next year's team, and instead will go hard in 2012 to sign one of the Big Three first basemen (Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, and The Great Albert Pujols).

I'm not sure the Cubs will

I'm not sure the Cubs will wait around. I think the fan base pushes too strongly for a competitive team every year, so I honestly think they'll be forced to buy up big contracts this winter.

Humor me on this one, and

Humor me on this one, and suppose the Yankees get Cliff Lee. Who's left to sign?

I didn't say they should, But

I didn't say they should, But that they'll be forced to.

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