The 2008 40-man roster and payroll projection is based only players currently within the organization and will be updated when trades are consummated and free agents are signed.
Last week we took at the latest 25-man roster projection, and with pitchers and catchers set to report this week let’s update our 40-man roster and payroll projections.
Notes on the projections can be found after the roster…
- All of the Rays arbitration-eligible players have signed contracts and avoided arbitration.
- This roster and payroll projection is based on our 25-man roster projection in which Evan Longoria is in the minors, Josh Paul is the backup catcher and Scott Dohmann beats out Juan Salas for the final bullpen spot.
- Only five players on the 2007 opening day roster had a salary of at least $1 million (Carl Crawford, Casey Fossum, Akinori Iwamura, Jae Seo and Ty Wigginton). Only Fossum ($2.2 million) and Crawford ($4.0 million) made more than $2 million. This year, 12 players will make more than $1.0 million and nine of those will make more than $2.0 million.