Yesterday, Peter Gammons published a column that begins:
Injustice remains throughout the system, which is why it is so refreshing to see the Pirates and Royals reinvest their revenue-sharing money into signing players above Bud Selig’s hallowed (and irrelevant) slots. But the reality is that for all the revenue sharing, for the seeming world championship parity for the last 31 years, less than a third of the season remains, and (except for the St. Louis Cardinals) the highest payroll in each of the other five divisions sits in first place.
On July 29th he wrote:
Now, Sabathia is in New York, Cliff Lee is in Philadelphia and when the Cubs moved into a first-place tie Wednesday afternoon, it meant that every one of the teams with the highest payroll in its division was in first place.
The problem with these statements is, of course, that the Mets began 2009 with the second highest payroll in Major League Baseball and continue to have the highest payroll in the NL East — and they are most certainly not leading the division.
I emailed Jeff, who runs the most excellent Cot’s Baseball Contracts, and he confirmed that the Mets still have the highest payroll in the NL East.