Mmmm, salary pie. What? No pie? No whipped cream either?
Perusing the Detroit Tigers page on Cot's Baseball Contracts, the web's clearinghouse for MLB salary inquiries, is a troubling activity.
The Tigers have the fifth highest team salary in baseball, but seem to get the most production from players in the lower brackets. I realize that the major league minimum ($390,000) is greater than the lower range of the highest US tax bracket ($372,950), but you get the idea.
With an opening day team salary of about $115 million, plus $13.6 million owed to Gary Sheffield, as well as an extra $3.6 million added in the Jarrod Washburn trade, the Tigers will spend about $132 million on major league players this season.
Dead weight contracts pollute the Tigers organization, and in most cases, will continue to do so for years. Here is a look, player-by-player, at their piece of the salary pie for this season and those to come.
If you've never checked it out, Cot's Baseball Contracts is an excellent source for MLB contract related inquiries. It is the source of all the information in this slideshow. Enjoy!