When will the inflation ever end?
The Team Marketing Report said Friday that MLB’s average ticket price is $26.92 this year, up 1 cent from last season.
MLB ticket prices are roughly a third of those at NFL games ($77.36) and half of what the NHL ($57.10) and NBA ($48.48) teams charge.
The Red Sox continue to have the highest-priced tickets at $53.38, followed by the Yankees at $51.55. The Marlins, in their new ballpark, come in at $26.02, a league-high 35-percent increase from last year.
The Padres have the lowest-priced tickets at $15.67, with the Diamondbacks next at $15.74.
So, score one for the good ole U.S. of A. If we lived in Canada right now, we’d likely be paying $26.95.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.