Something does not add up.
The Angels came into the Winter meeting claiming that they would keep payroll at about 140 million. They said to do this they could spend 15 to 20 million. Then they picked up Iannetta and Hawkins adding oh 5 million or so give or take considering Mathis departure. Then came Pujols and CJ. Now CJ signed for 15 million a year and that plus the earlier signings accounted for the original 20 million right?
So then comes Albert’s 25.4 million. We heard in the press that the only consideration Arte had after the TV deal was not going over the luxury tax. So here is where it gets weird.
According to cots baseball contracts CJ’s contract is heavily back loaded. So much so in fact that he only gets 10 million this season and 11 million next year. Then 16 mil, 18, mil and ends with a 20 million payout. Why set it to pay more when he is old?
Another interesting point. The terms of Albert’s contract has not been posted on Cots. Does it start with a 25 million payout or is it back loaded to?
Look at the math. All of the signings except Pujols but including the arbitration money should equal about 135 million according to what we were led to believe. This is taking into account CJ’s reduced 10 million salary in year 1. So 135 million plus Albert’s 25.4 should equal about 160.4 million. That’s a big payroll.
Here is the kicker though. Arte said the Luxury tax threshold was the limit. Well now that is 178 million this year. Interesting.
From all of this the Angels are still about 17.6 million dollars away from their limit! That’s a pretty big cushion to be sitting on isn’t it?
I think The Angels still have some surprises left this year and it is possible that, because posting fees are not considered under the league tax that surprise may just be named Yu Darvish.
Not convinced yet? Here is the last bit. When JeDi became GM he said that the Angels would be looking at all options. He mentioned Pujols and Fielder and we laughed and said no. But in that statement he also said he would be looking at the far east too…
Are you still laughing?