Friday, July 08, 2005
Detroit Tigers 2006 payroll=$$$
Peter Gammons reported on ESPN's Baseball Tonight that the Tigers are planning on increasing their payroll to as much as $100 million next season. The Tigers payroll entering this season was $69 million. $100 would be the fourth highest payroll in the league behind the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets.
I personally don't see the Tigers taking on an additional $31 million to the payroll. With Bobby Higginson's $9 million salary and Fernando Vina's $3 million salary coming off the books, the Tigers were all ready going to have money to spend. If they can spend $100 next season then I guarantee the Tigers will be in the playoffs.
Gammons also furthured speculation that the Tigers are interested in Florida's A.J. Burnett. Expect the Tigers to make a strong play for a top of the rotation starter in the off season. Hopefully the Tigers don't bite on Barry Zito as reports have indicated.