Gillette: Tigers will continue to spend money on players — for now

From Bill Shea at Crain’s Detroit Business on October 28, 2013, with mention of SABR member Gary Gillette:

As part of my research into what the Detroit Tigers must address when it comes to 2014 roster and payroll, I tapped the wisdom of Gary Gillette, a noted local baseball author, co-editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and [former] board of directors member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Gary knows his stuff. Below are his thoughts on what Tigers fans can expect for next season when it comes to players and spending:

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has shown that he is willing to spend a lot of his money to create a winning team. One of the problems — from the ownership point of view, not the fans’ viewpoint — is that a winning team generally comes with really big salaries.

Even a team that wins the pennant with a group of young and relatively inexpensive players gets expensive very fast. Basically, in 21st-century MLB economics, it gets very expensive to keep the nucleus of a championship club together for more than a couple of years.

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Originally published: October 28, 2013. Last Updated: October 28, 2013.