With a couple of recent changes to the 40-man roster let’s update the 2009 40-man roster projection. We will be back in a little while to look at the 25-man roster and lineup.
40-Man Roster Projection (notes and explanations on the projection can be found following the roster)…
- Ages are as of today.
- Shaded players are projected to be on the 40-man roster, but not on the 25-man roster
- Italicized players are currently on the 40-man roster but are not projected to be on the roster in ’09.
- There are currently 39 players on the 40-man roster. Jason Hammel and Jae Kuk Ryu are out of minor league options and we do not see a spot for them on the 25-man roster. We also don’t project Dan Johnson to be back with the Rays.
- The Rays have 6 players that will be arbitration-eligible following this season. Salaries for 5 of those players are guestimations at this point based on contracts of similar arbitration-eligibles in the past few years. Anybody you think we are way off on? We are projecting that the other arbitration-eligible player, Jonny Gomes, will be non-tendered by the Rays.
- We previously had Dan Johnson as arbitration-eligible, but upon further review it appears he came up just short on service time. Also, we are surprised to learn that Willy Aybar is arbitration-eligible, which means he received a full year of major league service time in 2007 despite being suspended most of the season.
- Chad Bradford’s $3.5 million salary sticks out like a sore thumb.
- The opening day payroll now projects to be $51.9 million, but we also need to include Rocco Baldelli’s buyout ($4 million). While not technically part of the payroll, it is a cost that cannot be ignored. That brings the projected payroll up to $55.9 million. This amount will certainly go up with free agent signings (DH) and any additional long-term contracts given to young players (Upton, Garza, Navarro).