The 2015/2016 MLB offseason is only in its infancy and here we are already discussing the $135 million dollar question when it comes to the Toronto Blue Jays; and that’s pertaining to the team’s payroll, or the lack thereof.
But earlier today, McCown divulged exactly how much the Jays’ payroll could decrease next season.
“I can only tell you what is being discussed, and the discussion began with some sort of payroll cut. And it may have been as much as 35%. So to put it in generic terms, from $135 million dollar payroll to a $100 million dollar payroll.”
Now, I think many are expecting the Blue Jays’ 2016 payroll to shrink somewhat compared to 2015. There are a lot of contracts coming off the books and a lot of high-priced free agents that won’t be back next year.
But slashing the payroll as much as 35%? It’s safe to say the majority are in agreement here; it’s very difficult to run a successful team in the American League East with only a $100 million dollar payroll. Not to mention, the sum of salaries for the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays will far exceed $100 million anyway.
The funny thing is a 35% cut to the Blue Jays’ current payroll is actually $87.75 million dollars, which is well below the initial $100 million dollar projection laid out by Bob McCown.
If there’s any credence to McCown’s report, that would mean shedding some big contracts from the roster; which invariably starts with high priced players like Troy Tulowitzki, and to a lesser extent, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
I’m not going to argue about the validity of the report laid out on Prime Time Sports; feel free to make your own judgement on that one, but if the prospect of cutting payroll by 35% was even tabled, that scares me a great deal.
With Mark Shapiro taking over the helm as Blue Jays president, there’s an expectation that the purse strings may tighten up a little bit this offseason. But a payroll cut of 35% cannot be justified by a team that won an AL East division title and nearly made it to Game 7 of the ALCS.
How can the Blue Jays possibly expected to do more with less? How are they supposed to get better by trimming payroll and key players from the roster?
That 35% reduction number may have just been a baseline for discussions by the front office, but fans are surely hopeful it’s nowhere near the eventual number for any potential payroll cuts for the Blue Jays.
Hat tip to @jr8877 for the heads up on the interview. Image courtesy of Sportsnet