luke1010 wrote: If a reporter pressed them about the national TV money, I assume Duquette (or whomever) would say that they're saving it for their own players (decision time on Hardy, Davis and Wieters is coming fast) and using it to improve the organization in places that the casual fan doesn't see much (minor league facilities, spring training facilities, etc.).
With the increase that Chris Davis received you can almost see the direction and value of what his extension would be and if you take the "Taxes" away from the "Revenue Influx" from the National TV Share this would probably be a wash going forward. IMO
This revenue does and will not be enough for the aforementioned additional expenses from players that should be kept (Hardy, Machado. Tillman, Wieters) and signed to extensions. At some point the Orioles will need to fish or cut bait with Wei-Yen Chen, Gonzalez, Britton, Flaherty, Matusz, Norris and Hunter just to name a few that are already into the Arbitration process or will be in a couple of years.
Some of these contracts have buy out options (Markakis, Chen) that will be paying for players that are not here. When it comes to the Waiver Trade Deadline it also would be nice to have some revenue remaining to 'ADD" salary instead of sitting back and doing nothing.
Having said all the above, I think it is best to allow the Orioles warehouse to set the salary structure as opposed to the fans wants and presumed needs.