Joc Pederson Slams Trio of Cheap MLB Teams in Twitter Rant

Adam Taylor McKillop
San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson slammed a trio of cheap MLB teams in his recent Twitter rant.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson slammed a trio of cheap MLB teams in his recent Twitter rant. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After eight years of MLB service and two World Series titles, new San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson knows the sport of baseball inside and out. He's also entitled to his opinions, which at times can be very outspoken.

The MLB lockout ended with a new luxury tax threshold in place, up $20 million from the previous years. While teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and others are unafraid to spend, that can't be said for the entirety of baseball.

Pederson took to a Twitter rant late on Tuesday night and absolutely slammed a trio of cheap baseball teams for their inability to spend.

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Specifically, Pederson called out the Cleveland Guardians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles. His tweet showcased a brief infographic of current MLB payrolls. At the top is the Dodgers, Mets and new York Yankees with at least $235 million in spending.

The graphic contrasts the bottom three teams (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore), who each spend less than $36 million.

Pederson tells this trio of teams they should be "embarrassed for your fan base" and to "sell ur team to somebody that wants to show the fan base and baseball they’re at least trying to compete," if they can't "be better."

It's a harsh sentiment, but one commonly held throughout baseball circles. A handful of small-market teams opt to slash payroll and unload talented players before they reach unrestricted free agency and those big pay days. And it's hard to imagine a team spending $30 million competing with teams that spend more than seven times that.

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