Orioles CEO John Angelos says ‘this job stinks with low payrolls,’ is hopeful club’s will increase

In a Friday afternoon segment with 105.7 The Fan, Orioles CEO and chairman John Angelos said he was hopeful the club will eventually operate with a payroll that’s in the upper half of the major leagues while also mentioning three clubs who have combined for one top-15 payroll in the past decade as models the organization has studied.

After dismissing a question during a Monday news conference about his family’s future owning the team because it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Angelos was not asked about those comments during Friday’s radio appearance, nor his statement to reporters that he would welcome them back to Camden Yards “next week” to “show you the financials of the Orioles,” a meeting that has yet to be scheduled. He also faced no questions about his family’s ongoing legal battles, the team’s expiring lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority and the dispute between the Washington Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, for which he is also CEO.

Angelos was asked, though, whether the team’s payroll — projected to be the second lowest of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams on opening day, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts — had “the capacity at some point in the near future” to return to the top half of the league. It was all but one year from 2012 to 2018, a stretch in which the Orioles made three playoff appearances but also posted the worst record in franchise history, prompting an organizational rebuild.

In his response, Angelos referenced a comment earlier in the segment when he said the baseball operations department led by executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias — who appeared alongside Angelos — has studied how teams in Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and Cleveland have had success despite lower payrolls. The Brewers, Rays and Guardians have ranked among the upper half of the league in opening day payroll one time combined over the past decade, according to Cot’s; Cleveland was 15th in 2018.

“I like to tell everyone, this job stinks with low payrolls, right?” said Angelos, whose family owns 70% of the team. “I’d love to be sitting in New York with $300 million payrolls. You’ve got to build it like any small, medium or large business. It’s cyclical, and then you hope that you can continue to feed that cycle, and I think we will be able to [return to the top half of the league].”

In each of the past four seasons, the Orioles ranked in the bottom four in payroll, having one of the majors’ five worst records from 2019 to 2021 before unexpectedly breaking out of their rebuild with an 83-79 campaign in which they were the best American League team to not reach the postseason. Much of the organization’s focus during that time was devoted to improving its underlying infrastructure, particularly investing in analytics and international scouting.

“Everything that we’ve asked for since I’ve been here,” Elias said, “to carry out the stuff that we need do to rebuild …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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