This from the AP
begs for parsing. Numbers I pull from it include:
- 6 = Ratio of Yankees total payroll to that of the Pirates
- -29% = Pirates decline in payroll from last year
- 0 = Number of teams with lower payroll than the Pirates
The NHL sets a lower limit of the payroll range for teams which acts as the opposite of a salary cap… so it's a minimum that each team must pay out. If such a thing existed in baseball, would not the Pirates be below it? Maybe it's time for MLB to set a payroll minimum. In the end it's kind of a metaphysical question, but how little can you spend and still be counted as a major league professional sports team?
But if we rank teams by operating income
?? and then update with the latest numbers, what would you get?