Who is to blame for Alex Rodriguez making more money than the entire Houston Astros team?
This year, however, there's a team whose entire payroll makes less than Rodriguez.
A-Rod will be pulling in $29M in 2013. The Astros have manage to somehow assemble a team that makes only a combined $25M.
Whose fault is it that this has happened? It's clearly not right for a single player to be making more than an entire team, but is it the Yankees' fault or the Astros?
On one hand, the Astros' payroll is incredibly low. There's really no excuse for having a payroll that low. If you own an MLB team, you have to be committed to spending enough to make them at least somewhat serviceable. Astros owner Jim Crane is completely failing to do that.
Even worse, he said that if fans want to complain about how bad the team is, they can write him a check for $10M to get new players.
On the other hand, the Yankees possess 4 of the 6 highest paid players in baseball, between A-Rod, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and now Vernon Wells.
Should one team have such a huge monopoly of the highest paid players? Does something need to be done about that? After all, the point of any professional sports league is competition.
Personally, I think the Astros are really in the wrong here. Sure, A-Rod's contract was one of the worst we'll ever see. But he's not the only one with a big contract. Justin Verlander just signed an extension that will pay him $28M per year between 2015-19. That's also more than the Astros' entire payroll. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton also have deals that pay them well over $25M in some years.
If Crane wants to run a baseball team, he needs to actually give it an honest effort. Right now, he's not doing that at all. Something should be done about it. It's just as harmful as spending through the roof like the Yankees and Dodgers, if not more so.