In light of today's news that Tom Hick's financial problems could hinder the Rangers at the trade deadline, I would like to point out that the Halos have issues of their own when trying to add talent.
The lack of talent in the minors, with the exception of a few gems, is the first thing that comes to mind. However, the main problem is the big chunk of payroll money allotted to mediocre-bad players.
The list follows after the jump.
Cot's baseball contracts reveals that the Halos have 44 million dollars (or roughly 42% of our 105 million dollar payroll) committed to a group of players that are below replacement level.
The venerable Gary Matthews Jr leads the way at- 10.9 Million (11.4 in 2011)
Paper-plane enthusiast Brian Fuentes makes- 9 million
Hard throwing lefty Scott Kazmir collects- 8 million
Control specialist and future closer Fernando Rodney secured- 5.5 million (5.5 in 2011)
The always reliable Scot Shields will pick up- 5.35 million
and Justin Speier- 5.25 million
That is a lot of money for players who are not performing well and in some cases not performing at all.To put that into perspective, 2 teams have payrolls under 40 million including the Ist place Padres(37 million) and the Pirates(34 million).The Rangers, whom we trail by 3.5 games, have a 55 million dollar payroll.
The blame is both StoneMAN's and Reagins' to share. Together they assembled this albatross by handing out expensive multiyear deals to these players.The most troubling trend is their infatuation with expensive bullpen arms.In the case of Kazmir, the jury is still out and he could still prove to be productive, but I doubt he will be worth the money coming to him.
A quick gander at the construction of the current payroll has to make Arte Moreno uneasy about opening up his wallet if he is indeed the smart businessman everyone makes him out to be.
I, for one, would not be surprised if the deadline comes and goes without any major moves for the Halos.