It seems the trainer’s room and the batting cage aren’t the only places of unrest at the old ballpark. CEO Bill Neukom is said to be on his way out, and money is as the center of the issue.
According to the reports, the rest of the ownership group is upset with the way Neukom spent the cash last year’s championship season brought it. That money was spent on increasing payroll.
Which would stand to reason that the ownership group does not want to keep the current increased payroll, which is a big problem because as of right now most of that money is committed to keeping the current roster intact.
There is some hope, however. According to the Chronicle, this was more of an office politics issue than a financial disagreement. Their source claims the money being spent was not a problem, but rather than it was spent without notification or approval from the rest of the board.
Even if that is the case, however, it doesn’t bode well for the team’s chances to sign a Carlos Beltran or another impact free agent this winter. If the powers that be are squeamish about the current budget, convincing them to make a significant increase in their investment will be a very tough sell.