Why are salries up this year?
With B.J. Ryan and Billy Wagner getting huge long term deals the question is why are they paying more now than projected. One factor is that the 47 million to Ryan is really only worth 37 million in cost today since player salaries go up around 10% a year. Furcal is asking for about 50 mil over 5 years it sounds high but with the magic of compound inflation it is only around 42 mil over 5 years. Also the Cubs ridiculous contracts to Eyre and Howry are a factor. Like Benson before the Cubs essentially decided that the market for relievers would start at that baseline.