A brief call for optimism
In this year’s off-season, with all the trades and small pickups, the front office only really spent a small amount of money on their new lineup.
Last offseason’s acquisitions:
Branyan costs $1.4m
Chavez’s ’09 costs $2m
Griffey costs $2m (+incentives)
All their retooling required some talent swaps too, but focus just on that for a second: the new regime’s share of the payroll, if you will, comes in at around $10m.
Next season, between Batista, Washburn, and assume Beltre leaving too, another $31m in payroll will roll off the books.