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Post archive for ‘Financials/Payroll’

Cardinals are cost-efficient, but not the best

A look at wins versus player payroll spending might lead to an unexpected conclusion about the recent success of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The $75 million 2014 St. Louis Cardinals

A theoretical exercise to determine how difficult would it be for the St. Louis Cardinals to reduce payroll to $75 million in 2014.

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

Cardinals attendance lagging behind MLB again

The St. Louis Cardinals are on track for their lowest attendance total since 2004 and biggest year-to-year decline in at least that long, with four straight years of greater percentage declines than MLB.

WAR efficiency by NL team and Cardinals roster

Identifying how efficient each team had to be with its money to reach the playoffs and the cost efficiency of individual St. Louis Cardinals players.

Using WAR to identify Cardinals bargains and busts in 2010

Looking at WAR and player salaries to determine which players helped and hurt the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

How efficient was National League spending in 2010?

Looking at WAR and player payrolls to determine which clubs got their money’s worth.

Cardinals “dry powder”: Use it or lose it?

Is it better for a team to spend its entire payroll budget early or hold some in reserve?

Cardinals arbitration, spending and more dry powder

The St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t have to wait until their arbitration cases are settled to make their next move, but they may have good reasons for doing so.

Busch Stadium debt may hurt players more than taxpayers

Some major league clubs have advantageous leases that offer flexibility but shackle their communities. Others carry stadium-related debt.

Fixing the USAToday Salary Database

A significant discrepancy in a widely-used database reflecting the St. Louis Cardinals’ player payroll has been corrected.

Holliday re-signing hype and hysteria receiving too much ink

With three weeks still remaining in the regular season, speculation over Matt Holliday’s future is getting out of hand

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

The Pujols “convenience fee”?

What if the St. Louis Cardinals asked fans to cover part of the cost of keeping Albert Pujols under contract?

Forbes: Busch tenth-best ballpark

Forbes ranked MLB stadiums on affordability, access, participation and concessions.

Forbes: Cardinals revenue, value up slightly in 2009

Forbes ranks the Cardinals as MLB’s eighth most valuable franchise.

Cost to attend a Cardinals game down in 2009

The St. Louis Cardinals rank tenth in the 2009 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 1.2 percent decline compared to 2008.

Cardinals’ financial onion peeled back

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. offers up more information on the team’s past and present financial picture.

Cardinals not alone in cutting payroll

The St. Louis Cardinals’ projected player payroll is down $8.6 million from 2008, very close to the average for clubs in the top half of spending across MLB.

Cardinals minor matters – February 4

Dates for Ankiel and Ludwick arbitration hearings, Choi contract clarification, club out of money and more St. Louis Cardinals news.

Is reducing the Cardinals payroll unreasonable?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to have revised their player payroll budget down for 2009. Is it justified? How can we know?

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #1-5

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with the top five.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #6-10

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked six through ten.