“Sorry Unacceptable”- San Francisco Giants Star Joc Pederson Takes a Dig at MLB Owners Over Payroll Contrast Between Top-3 and Bottom-3 Teams

Published 03/23/2022, 1:56 PM EDT
Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) hits a two run homerun during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is finally back! Now, after the ongoing free agency and spring training, the league games will also start next month. Hence, when the free agency resumed, some of the top MLB sides spent a lot of money to strengthen their roster. However, the SF Giants’ new signee, Joc Pederson, is definitely not happy about the payroll contrast between the top and bottom teams of MLB.

In any sporting league, every team has a certain budget to build their squad. And the same applies to Major League Baseball. One team has the capacity to spend over $200 million, while another team struggles to spend even 10% of the said amount.

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That doesn’t seem to sit well with Joc Pederson, as he wants the other owners to spend a sizable amount to compete with the heavyweights of the league.

Joc Pederson takes a dig at economical MLB owners 

There is no denying that every team does not have the same budget to spend on their players. While some teams have a huge sum at their disposal, some have a very limited amount to spend on their players.

Taking to Twitter recently, the Giants’ star outfielder slammed the low-spending MLB owners over annual payroll. Pederson shared the payroll details of the top-3 and bottom-3 sides of MLB. And there were huge differences between them.

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson smokes a cigar after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As per Pederson, top-3 teams, LA Dodgers ($270,158,333), NY Mets ($249,099,999), and the Yankees ($235,940,714), have the highest payroll in 2022. While the bottom-3 teams are Cleveland Guardians ($35,600,000), Pirates ($35,250,000), and Baltimore Orioles ($30,316,666).

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The Giants star suggested the owners not be embarrassed for their low fan base, but sell their teams to somebody who at least wants to try to compete.

“Embarrassed for your fan base…be better,” tweeted Joc Pederson. “If you can’t, sell ur team to somebody that wants to show the fan base and baseball they’re at least trying to compete. Sorry unacceptable.”

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Notably, earlier this week, Pederson signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants and left the World Champion side, Atlanta Braves.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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