How much is $750,000 for a baseball team, huh? Based on Spotrac, the Milwaukee Brewers have determined the 2023 salaries for their 20 players. All of them will make more than 1 million dollars. Given that the MLB list can include 26 people, we can say that, at most, six Brewers will make less than a million dollars this year.
Out of those six, how many do you think will make $750,000 or less? Please keep in mind, the MLB minimum wage for 2023 is $720,000. By 2025, the MLB minimum wage will surpass that $750,000 mark, rising to $760,000. The answer is probably somewhere between five and eight. It is unlikely that any player earning that amount will make much of an impact this season. They are the most replaceable players on that list. You know who is irreplaceable though? the team’s trump card.
Corbin Burnes is Milwaukee’s trump card, but not paid as a
For the past three seasons, Corbin Burnes has led the Milwaukee Brewers pitching team in the ERA, placing second in both shot count and strike rate in each of those seasons. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2021 and made it to the top 10 in voting each of the previous three seasons. On Wednesday, Burnes expressed frustration with the Brewers following his arbitration hearing, particularly with the way the organization handled the negotiations.
“There’s no denying that relationships definitely hurt,” Burnes said, to the chagrin of Brewers fans everywhere. “SSome things have been said, for instance, that basically put me first on why we didn’t do post-season last year – that’s something that probably goes without saying.
OH! Yes, it is not realistic or smart to assume your best player is the reason you missed out on the knockout stages, and I don’t blame Burnes for being so outspoken about his views on organization.
I’m not here to talk about those comments though. I want to talk about a different comment. According to report fox, there was a $750,000 gap between the Brewers and Burnes submissions. It’s practically nothing for the MLB franchise. EQUAL I said, it’s right above tournament minimum i.e. both parties are willing to participate in the test which is essentially the tournament minimum value player. Can you imagine that for a moment, if a team like San Francisco The giants went to court for someone like Austin Wynns (no offense to Wynns)? That would be absurd! And this is the Cy Young winner we’re talking about! Just give him what he wants! It’s not like he’s asking for a double raise, just a 7% raise for one of the best pitchers in the National League.
Steve Adams belong to MLB . Trade Rumors explains that Brewer may have fought hard against that $750,000 distance because of the precedent it will set for future arbitration cases. If every team is willing to submit to their best players in refereeing work, then those referee-determined salary increases will become the expected salary for all future players. For example, back in 2006, Dontrelle Willis was awarded $4.35 million as a first-time pitcher to qualify as a referee and that was the norm for 15 years even though players across the league Continuous matches earn more money in that time period. That said, the move is sure to still anger both fans and players. If the team is not willing to invest in themselves, why should fans or upcoming free agents do the same?
If any player has set a new standard for this type of negotiation, it’s Burnes. The inability to pass the league’s minimum wage has done seemingly irreversible damage to their relationship with Burnes. This is not the kind of light that will go away and Burnes will likely keep this in mind as he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Burnes is worth the money. At his current salary, he won’t be the Brewers’ highest-paid pitcher in 2023. That doesn’t affect Brandon Woodruff ($10.8 million in 2023), but Burnes is definitely a more efficient, reliable and healthy pitcher Recent years. Hell, even if Burnes gets what he wants, he’s still not the highest-paid pitcher on the team.
Moves like this make me worry about the future of baseball. I have long understood the disparity between rich and poor in MLB. The richest teams only get richer and the poorest teams only get poorer. This Burnes situation will likely lead to that disparity. While Burnes may have previously respected the Brewers’ organization and considered staying with them after he became UFA, he will most likely choose a team that can pay him a lot of cash, because if he’s going to get screwed up, he might as well get paid for it.
The Brewers ranked 19th in pay in the MLB last season. Only three teams below the league average payroll achieved after the season. In this tournament you have to spend money to win the game. That’s it. The Brewers are currently on their way to reclaiming 19th place in the MLB, which means they probably won’t make it to the knockouts again. Hey, at least when that happens, they can blame Burnes for two years in a row.