They spent 81 million on payroll just a couple years ago before bringing all the young guys up. The payroll will go up with inflation if nothing else. He's right that this team will never keep all the players it develops though. Just the nature of it. Even the Cardinals couldn't keep Pujols. People keep throwing the 85M around... if you re-sign two or three of these youg guys at the end of their 6 years and you'll be there. Butler, Hosmer, Moose, and Gordon all can be 10+ million a year players... Hosmer and Myers have potential to be even more than that, and then you haven't even touched your pitching staff.
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