Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 7/19/13
I was recently discussing the Angels budget with a fellow fan when I was reminded that the Angels are on the threshold of going over the MLB imposed Luxury Tax next season.  This confused me because the Angels payroll is the lowest it has been since 2010 (137 million). This particular fan was polite enough to inform me that when assessing a team’s payroll, MLB doesn’t go by how much the team currently costs, but how much they cost on average.  For example, Albert Pujols, in 2013 Albert Pujols is making $16 million.  However, the average value of the contract is 25 million, therefore MLB counts $25 million against the Angels current payroll.  Like, ZOIKS, Scoob!  Looking at the Angels contracts over the following year, they are almost certain to go over the Luxury Tax line if they sign any free agents.  And even if they didn’t (they will) we have quite a few players headed for arbitration.  Not only will this team begin to be penalized in the same manner as the Yankees and Dodger...
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