Most Rays fans and DRB members got the message from owner Stu Sternberg the 2011 payroll would be cut by about 30%. We here at DRB didn't take the position of the national and local media by saying that would be the end of the Rays and other more mean spirited puns.
I decided to get my calculator out and see just what we're talking about. Last year the payroll sat at about $70-$73 million dollars. Now if i may use some old fashioned methods i find that 30% less is about $22 million give or take a million. That leaves for rounding purposes a figure of $50 million dollar payroll for 2011. Here comes my dilemma.
The following 11 players Ben Zobrist, James Shields, BJ Upton, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, Davisd Price, Dan Johnson, Evan Longoria, JP Howell, Kelly Shoppach and Joel Peralta will earn $26.6 million. Yes i gave Upton and Garza their arby raises and all other raises according to Cot's.
Now as you and i can plainly see, this leaves about $24 million to spend. If the remaining 14 players come in at MLB minimum that equates to about $6 million dollars. So what i'm saying or asking it appears this payroll will fall way short of $50 million and obvious players have been overlooked to make sure of it. At this point, they're not spending anything on relievers, cause none of the higher priced ones are left, and as for middle of the order hitters that remains to be seen.