ORIGINAL: Brew City Legend
Doug is a great GM and he understands the importance of value. We can't be like the Cubs and drop $240 mil in an offseason. Hell, even the Yankees don't spend that kind of dough these days. Red Sox, Mets, Rangers, Angels.... Everyone is spending tons. Even though M.A. is willing to spend money doesnt mean he is willing to go for broke in any given year.
If we can sign them longterm then we will have a core of players that will be around for a while. If we can't sign someone long term, then there is a great chance that they will be traded.
The Brewers are going in the right direction. We havent been on a two or three year plan. We've been on a five year plan since 2002.... Our young guys aren't going to be all-stars right away, they have to grow. This team will be fine. Seriously, everyone, take a chapter from my book and stop getting dillusional like Cub fans...
I'm really not sure where to even start with this response, but here it goes....
First of all, while the Cubs have increased the size of their payroll a little, it still isn't ANYWHERE near the total of the Yankees. The Cubs were 7th in total payroll last season, and still OVER $100 Million less than the Yankees (and over $25 Million lees than the Red Sox.)
When looking at last years roster, the Cubs cut over 40 Million (8 players) from it, with the big deductions being Wood's 10+ Million when it was restructured, Maddux's 9 million and Pierre's 5.75 million.
As far as increasing payroll, the only difference I see is Soriano (11 Million more than Pierre.) Lily pretty much takes the place of Woods 2006 salary, so that's a wash. Marquis' takes the place of Maddux but $2 million cheaper, and Derosa takes the place of Walkers (about 1.75 more per season.)
So please tell me where the Cubs are spending more than the Yankees???
As far as going in the right direction, I swear we've heard this same ole' tune in the past. It's getting to the point where people are going to confuse the Brewers and Cubs because both are saying "there's always next year" so much.
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