IMHO they mean nothing to me and should mean nothing to any fan. The money on a contract has nothing to do with ticket prices or food at a game or t shirts. Those are all governed by the area in which you live. If the Rays signed players and had a salary of 100mil prices at the Trop won't go up any higher than what the people will pay. It is why a $5 beer in Tampa is $8 in Boston and $9 or $10 in LA.
BTW the money is not our money in any sense. If you don't like the contract don't go.
Comparing contracts also is futile since the needs of each team maybe similair but are very different because of other needs, minor leaguers and future plans And state taxes. Saying theycouldhave got A for what they paid for X and Y is foolish since it ISNOT based upon anything other than $$$$$ and not anything else. Also players signed in Toronto also pay higher taxes and contracts are made to offset that as they are in MA, NY, CA, and other states. Fl teams have no state tax thus players can sign for less here. A $13 mil contract is not the same in FL, Toronto, Boston, NY, CA. .....
talks here should be more about why this guy and how the guys figures into the team.