Numbers do not lie. Despite the fact that the MLB does not have a salary cap like the NFL, there is a financial penalty for teams that spend more than $189 million on their season roster in 2016. Currently, according to an article by Chris Iott, the Detroit Tigers are closing in on that number…
It amazes me that the Detroit Tigers continually carry the payroll that they do considering the market they are in.  In 2015 they were fourth in the league at $174 million, ahead of a number of big market teams.  While it's great to have ownership that's willing to spend on players, I can't imagine the Tigers would consider breaching the MLB luxury tax threshold.  With that, I wouldn't expect them to be in the running for any top tier free agents.

 

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