Detroit Spends More, And It Shows


The Indians (76-72) were swept today by the  front-running Detroit Tigers(83-66), falling back to 6 1/2 games out of first place in the Central Division. The Indians’ elimination number has also fallen to a mere 8.

One thing that separates the Indians and the Tigers is salary. The Tigers have a payroll of $161,023,000 for 2014 while the Indians have just over half of that at $81,151,000. (The average for the A.L. Central is $102,000,000.)

You could say that the Indians have more farm-grown talent, but that talent is not leading to more wins.

For example the Tiger’s starting rotation includes 5 members, 3 of which are former Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander (2011), Max Scherzer (2013), and David Price (2012). Rick Porcello, and Kyle Lobstein finish out the rotation, Lobstein being the only starter with a salary under $8,500,000.

The Tiger’s starting rotation is 59-29 this year with a 3.61 ERA.

The Indian’s rotation is led by Corey Kluber, who is making a measly $514,000. Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, T.J. House, and Trevor Bauer are all making $504,700 or less.

The Indian’s starting rotation has a better ERA (3.41) but has 23 less wins than the Tigers, only 4 games above the .500 mark (36-32). This shows the Indians inability to go out and add a strong veteran to the staring rotation by free agency, or a trade, has essentially cost the team wins.



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