Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Finest Moments, Finest Freshmen and....Finest Frugality

A few from 2011 Topps Finest:

Rowland's Office ran a post yesterday about Liberty Media's most recent quarterly filing with the SEC. For those of you who don't know, Liberty is the corporation which owns the Braves. Anyway, the article points out that the team saw an increase of $21 million in profits- not to mention the additional $25M from television revenues. So, with an additional $46 million one would like to think it would increase the payroll, right? After all, we've got a core group of four players (Heyward, Freeman, Kimbral, and Simmons) that should be cornerstones to the franchise's future. Well, apparently the team is still looking at a $95 million payroll.

I get the argument about not signing Kimbrel to a long-term extension, and even the one floating out there about now being the time to trade him; I don't want to see that happen, but I certainly understand the reasoning. But everyday that passes without Freeman and Heyward being extended, the less hopeful I am about them being with the team when the new stadium opens in 2017. It's not as if the team isn't trying. Reports are that both players had been approached earlier this year about an extension, but neither, at this point, is interested. While I'm glad that the team has at least attempted to negotiate, it might not be in such a precarious position if the ownership group wasn't so damn cheap. You can also blame the horrible tv deal the team signed prior to the explosion in regional television deals. Where have you gone, Ted Turner?

Oh, and Merry Christmas.

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