Vlad was darn lucky to get the deal, but they payroll did not jump $20 million, it jumped $17. If the Nats get no credit for bonuses than the O's surely don't get credit for deferred money.
You want to include bonuses for the purpose of inflating the Nats payroll and defend the indefensibly cheap Lerners. If you do that for all teams the Nats payroll would probably be proportionally dwarfed even further but you want to include in OD payroll ONLY the Nats bonuses to support your agenda.
You're nagging about Baltimore's payroll going up ONLY 17 million yet you defend the Lerners' payroll going up how much?