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Saturday, June 5, 2010
Mets' Matthews still an Angel

Gee, this is a complete surprise:

Rather than hammer the Angels for spending (nearly) $50 million on Little Sarge -- after all, I've done that many times before, and with great vigor -- instead I'd just like to use this little episode to make a point ...

When it comes to the money a team is spending on players, there are two numbers I would like to know:

1. How much money the players on the roster are making, and

2. How much money all the players are making, including everyone on the 40-man roster and everyone who, for whatever reason, is still drawing a paycheck from the club (even if indirectly, as was presumably the case with Matthews).

I just believe that any report on payroll you see that doesn't include the $10.5 million the Angels are paying Matthews this season (to not play) is incomplete. Particularly if you're doing something interesting like figuring marginal wins per dollar.