After ranking among the most efficient teams in baseball in terms of payroll in 2012, the Nationals took quite a hit this season.
The final cost per win standings for 2013 are out and the Nats ranked 20th in the majors this year with $1,326,242 million per win. That’s way down from 2012 when they were the fifth most efficient team at $829,961 per victory.
Of course increasing your salary expenditures and winning less games will do that to you. Last year the Nats won 98 games and had the 16th highest payroll at $96,931,070. This year they won just 86 games and had the 12th highest payroll at $114,056,769.
The Nationals certainly took a step back this season, but their youth and overall financial flexibility puts them in good shape moving forward. The same can’t be said, however, about some other MLB teams.
The New York Yankees came in as the least efficient team, having missed the playoffs despite spending $2,692,182 per each of their 85 total wins. The Philadelphia Phillies were also terribly inefficient, winning 73 games at $2,265,558 a pop.
Both the Yankees and Phillies are not only spending tons of money while not making the playoffs, but they have old players making up much of their payrolls. At least the Nats only have one of those problems to worry about.
Potomac Nationals giving away free tickets
While government workers affected directly by this week’s shutdown sit and wait until they can go back to work, the Potomac Nationals have released a bit of good news.
The Nats’ Single-A affiliate is offering free tickets to all government employees who have been furloughed because of the shutdown to their Opening Day game in April. The exact date has not been released, but they are also invited to serve on the team’s gameday staff for the 2014 season.
The impasse will likely only last a week or so, as the longest government shutdown in American history was 21 days, back in 1995-96. But months after it's over, those affected by the shutdown can cash in on a nice little consolation for their troubles.
Via The Washington Post)