The cleveland indians would like to increase their budget from 50 M to 75 M.
Last year, we accomplished our goal of cutting expensive and rather crappy contracts and found ourselves at just 49M payroll. We feel that if our budget were similar to that which we had in prior seasons, we can field a very competitive team and we could take advantage of a rather weak AL central. The white sox are in complete rebuilding mode, the royals are still a couple years from contending, the twins are reeling, only the Tigers look to be very competitive in 2012. If we are able to make a few more additions to our already strong core of Kipnis, Cabrera, Santana, Choo, Jimenez and Masterson, we could very likely push for 90+ wins and a division title.
By raising our payroll to 75 M, you would only be committing as much as you have roughly in recent years.
Allow us to add another arm and another bat and we promise you won't be disappointed when we field an exciting and competitive team.