April 1st, 2008
Admit it, you knew the Tigers had joined baseball’s big spenders, but you didn’t realize they were THIS far up:
For the first time, the Tigers, who obtained Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera in a trade with Florida this offseason, are second in baseball at a total payroll of $138.7 million, $5.3 million higher than the defending World Series champion Red Sox ($133.4 million). The Mets were third overall and tops in the National League at $138.3 million.
Now, to be fair, the Red Sox payroll doesn’t include all the money spent in the bidding war for Dice-K two winters ago. But consider this: Boston spent to keep Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling (albeit at a decent rate on Schilling), and they still got passed by the Tigers.
I’m interested to hear about Tigers fans look at this. Detroit has always been the team that tried to beat up on the high-payroll clubs. Detroit fans would taunt New York fans in 2006. Now they’re one of those big-spending clubs that other teams’ fans love to hate. If you’re a Detroit fan, is this an awkward place to be in while you root on your team?