As we wrapped up the press conference for Cliff Lee today, GM Jack Zduriencik addressed recent speculation about the team's payroll and remaining money.
I don't know if he was addressing anyone specific. I know it wasn't me because I'm smart enough to know that I'm way too stupid to even try to attempt such a mathematical feat.
But here is Jack's statement ...
Just one other comment aside from this ...
I’ve been getting a lot of questions and I thought I would take it head on – a lot of phone calls and e-mails in regards to our payroll this coming season. As you know for competitive reasons, there would be no way that we would reveal what our payroll is. I think that is something that stays within our own organization.
That being the case, it’s impossible for anyone to try and figure out or calculate exactly what that is.
And I hope that our fans realize this. We’re going to do the very best job we can, put the best product on the field and move forward in our organization the very best we can.
Just so that there is not anyone misled or there are things there that are inaccurate. With that being said, I want all of you to understand that and respect where we stand on this. Thank you.I don't know if JZ was irritated by payroll projections. But I think it's the last he will speak of it. To be fair, I don't blame people for trying to do so. It's something fun to speculate and think about possibilities.