Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rays Spent More Than First Thought

It may be comparing apples to oranges, but the Associated Press just released its final 2009 MLB payroll numbers and the Rays apparently spent more than originally thought.

Although the numbers include any player on the 40-man roster as well as things like bonuses and buyouts, the Rays spent $71,222,532 on payroll in 2009. The 39.6% increase over the 2008 final figure ($51,020,720) represents the largest increase in the majors.

Last week, team president Matt Silverman hinted the Rays' 2010 preseason payroll could top $70 million for the first time, but the team would be "overextended" and possibly limited when it came to in-season acquisitions.

However, if you ask me, it's better to acquire a strong arm like Rafael Soriano pre-season rather than in-season anyway.

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