August 14, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler (5) scores on a wild pitch ahead of the tag from Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Harden (18) in the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Hey, Big Spender!


A few days ago I was meandering about the internet when I happened upon this SweetSpot article.

The article breaks down Derek Holland‘s recent contract extension and then wonders what (if anything) it means for Josh Hamilton‘s upcoming negotiations.

It’s a good read in its own right, but there is one section in particular that caught my attention.

From the article:

The Rangers’ Opening Day payroll in 2010 was about $55 million. Only Michael Young, Rich Harden, Vladimir Guerrero, and Ian Kinsler were making at least $4 million.

Stop and think about that for just a moment.

Obviously, if you were paying any attention during the 2010 season, you know what kind of dire financial straits the team was in.

Still, only 4 players out of 25 making over $4 million? And one of them is Rich Harden?!

When I really stop and think about those numbers, it staggers me a bit.

Press on, Rangers fans.

(Leave a comment or find me on Twitter @BleacherSeatsTX. As always, thanks to Baseball Reference for their invaluable resources.)

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