As another MLB season is set to begin, the Houston Astros are set to make their AL debut while sporting a payroll less than the salary that will be received by Alex Rodriguez.
Predictably, the boo-birds have come out in full force, as this presents yet another opportunity to criticize both A-Rod’s ridiculous salary and MLB’s disparate financial issues. Really, how can a sport justify an entire team being paid less than an injury-prone third baseman who is no longer an All-Star when healthy?
Nobody is arguing that Alex Rodriguez is overpaid; it’s been a running theme (fair or not) with A-Rod ever since he signed that $252 million contract with Texas prior to the 2001 season. At this stage of his career, A-Rod’s contract issues are low-hanging fruit for sportswriters that specialize in outrage.
But does Alex Rodriguez really deserve to be the source of anger on this issue?