Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by admin
How is that possible? Well, it all has to do with baseball’s collective bargaining agreement which stipulates that each team has a “competitive balance tax” threshold they cannot exceed. The Dodgers’ threshold for 2020 was $198 million while the Rays’ was just $61 million. In other words, the Dodgers could afford to pay Kershaw and Betts a combined $54 million this season while the Rays could only afford to pay their ENTIRE WORLD SERIES ROSTER a total of $58 million!
So, how did the Rays end up in the World Series? Well, they did it by building a team of high-character, low-cost players through smart drafting and shrewd trades. They also benefited from having one of the best managers in baseball, Kevin Cash, who knows how to get the most out of his players. In the end, it was a perfect storm that allowed the Rays to punch above their weight and make it all the way to the Fall Classic.