Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Yankees and the Dodgers could probably take a tip or two from the Houston Astros’ book on cost efficiency. The worst team in baseball is on track to make an estimated $99 million in operating income this season — nearly as much as the estimated operating income for the previous six World Series champions, combined — according to the money guys over at Forbes. At 46-83, the Astros are at the absolute bottom of the barrel in Major League Baseball, and have the worst winning percentage of any major league team since 2005. Sixty-four major league players currently make more individually than the Astros’ current 25-man active payroll makes collectively. The Yankees pay nine payers more than the Astros’ payroll. That’s exactly how the team has put itself in place to generate so much in operating income. Astros owner Jim Crane has slashed payroll expenses to about $21 million — compare that to the Yankees’ $203,445,586 and the Dodgers’ $220,395,196 — in 2013. Houston traded or released four of its five players making over $1 million. The team is deep in a rebuilding period where the focus lies on filling in the minor league system, making an impact during the draft by landing untapped talent from overseas, trading for crops of prospects and holding onto as many utility players as possible. If the Astros were to use their current gains to take on future players, $99 million could make a pretty big dent, considering the fact that the team could have taken on the contracts of the entire starting lineup for the NL All-Star team this year for a paltry $84 million. Filed under: Alison Smith, Headlines, MLB
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