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CEO says Padres will increase payroll to at least $50 million in 2012

Aug 10, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad said yesterday that the team’s payroll will rise to at least $50 million in 2012, adding that “our long-term goal is to operate at $70 million.”

That would be a big raise over this season’s $45 million payroll, but even $70 million would rank just 20th among all MLB teams this season and figures to rank even lower by the time the Padres actually reach that figure.

Much of that increase will come from the team’s new television contract, which goes into effect next season, but Moorad explained that the Padres don’t plan to be significant players in the free agent market because “we’re going to run an efficient business on and off the field.”

All of which makes it seem pretty unlikely that they’d commit to Heath Bell on a long-term contract unless the impending free agent gave them a sizable hometown discount after making $7.5 million this year.

  1. dlindstedt2 - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    OH 50 MILLION!.

    You could only field A-Rod and Jeter for that cash.

    Man 50 Million, those padres fans are sure in for a treat now.

    The friars need to pony up some more cash and start fielding a team so that years like 2009 happen more often.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      The Friars? Are Alan King and Freddie Roman in charge now?

    • b7p19 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      Why would they want more years like 2009? 67-95

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        San Diegans are funny that way.

  2. icanspeel - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Too bad upping it 5 mill from 2011 to 2012 doesn’t even cover the raises in arbitration players will receive. Esp if Heath Bell gets in the 10-12 mill range like it has been estimated. Headley is probably due for a nice raise too and they have 10+ mill tied up in Hudson/Bartlett, see where I am going with this?

    • b7p19 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      Yeah, basically the only chance at actual impovement next year is Bell not accepting arbitration.

  3. kopy - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I have to admit, my initial thought upon reading this headline was a sarcastic “Whoa, slow down there, player!”

  4. stoutfiles - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    “we’re going to run an efficient business on and off the field.”

    Translation: We’re going to make money and not worry about winning, we can’t afford to do that.”. The main reason baseball needs a salary cap.

    • kopy - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      A salary cap wouldn’t help here. What you’re looking for is a salary floor, but possibly also a cap so that MLB can evenly distribute revenue so that all teams can meet the floor.

      • b7p19 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        Thank you, thats an all too common misconception.

      • stoutfiles - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        No, I want a cap of 50 mil for all teams. Floors don’t distribute the talent like low caps do.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

        Yeah, well, I want a fairy and a unicorn and a billion dollars, but I have just as much chance of getting those as baseball has of getting MLBPA to agree to the 50% salary reduction necessary for your little fantasy world to happen.

  5. sknut - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    They should also try to explain why they didn’t trade Bell, he already stated he would accept arb if offered, so either get stuck with the high salary in arb or get nothing for your best reliever.

    • b7p19 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      It’s actually; either get stuck with the high salary in arbitration or get two first round draft picks.

      • sknut - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        What I meant is if they don’t offer Bell arb, they lose him for nothing. I am not sure they want that salary so I am not sure what they will do since he indicated he would accept salary arb.

      • jamie54 - Aug 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

        Which is exaclty why Mike Adams got moved. They saw he’s the one who could get them two top picks not Bell since he would have been a two month rental that perhaps a lot of teams did not want to offer an extension since he’s made it well known he’d take the SD discount. Which I also doubt since they’ll offer a very low arb number, he’ll reject, they’ll get the two more picks and move on. As Moorad states, they’re looking to improve from within especially for everyday players since no one really wants to call Petco home as a hitter unless they overpay so only way to get them is controllable years through the draft. Under Towers this team got almost nothing draft wise so they’re taking a short term hit which hopefully will pay off ala Tampa Bay in future years.

  6. xmatt0926x - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Translation: Padres fans, you will have to wait once every 15 years or so for the farm system to hopefully produce several top prospects at once and only then might we field a somewhat competitive “nice little team” for a few years as we become the farm system for every other team who’s ownership wants to win. At least they are announcing it to you beforehand.

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