First off, hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The break was great and hopefully it got Cardinal management recharged and ready to make some moves.
On one of my brief trips online this weekend, I found someone again making the tired “ownership is cheap and doesn’t care” argument at CCH. While I outlined my thoughts there, it led me to do some research.
I found a great site that listed out payroll on a yearly basis, so I took the payroll totals of every team from 1995, the year this ownership group took over, to 2007. The general data can be found here, but I’m going to spend a couple of days going through what I learned.
Let’s take the most basic idea first. Where have the Cardinals ranked out of 30 teams (well, 28 before 1998) in total payroll?