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The World Baseball Classic to pay salaries of injured players

Mar 25, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

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This is … unexpected. Buster Olney reports:

Players injured during the World Baseball Classic will have their salaries paid by the WBC organization while they are unable to play for their major league teams, according to an MLB source.

That would mean that players such as Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be paid by the WBC during their respective absences.

In other news, the Yankees have retroactively sent Alex Rodriguez to the WBC, where he was totally injured by a tire iron to the knee.

Really, though: it’s my understanding that the WBC is funded primarily by Major League Baseball, with some fairly small portion paid by the professional leagues from the various participating counties. If so, all the teams are, in effect, subsidizing Mark Teixeira’s and Hanley Ramirez’s salary for a bit. Which is weird.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    ” If so, all the teams are, in effect, subsidizing Mark Teixeira’s and Hanley Ramirez’s salary for a bit. Which is weird.” About time the Yankees get back some of that money they have been subsidizing teams with their revenue sharing.

    • vallewho - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      it’s a vicious cycle

  2. Kevin S. - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Does the subsidy come off the luxury tax bill? Because if so, Teixeira might want to sit the year out, just to be safe.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Well, this should save you some coin to help pay for Wells.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        The fact that they are negotiating for Wells and would give anything up makes me think of them as the New York “Quixotes” for this season.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I am sure that I read somewhere that Arod was a member of Team USA in spirit. That should count for a few dollars.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Didn’t Madonna succubus his spirit from him years ago?

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      He was also partially a member of team PR in spirit. Because, you know… he is just so global that he couldn’t decide who he wants to represent.

      • romoscollarbone - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        ARod is Dominican though.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Oh, come one. That’s too much. Any of these guys could’ve been hurt in ST or the sammich shop or some other fool way.

    If only this blatant payoff would spur teams not to object to their players playing…

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Sammich…..Elvis……Permanent IR.

  5. professorperry - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    What we have here is a problem of causality. Especially in the “if reinjured” clause. So many injuries have a catalyst but not a cause.

  6. dondada10 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    All A-rod humor aside, Johan Santana really was supposed to participate and then pulled out. Damn.

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