With the recent additions of Joe Nelson and Pat Burrell, let’s update the 2009 40-man roster projection. We will be back later today or tomorrow morning 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. Jae Kuk Ryu is out of minor league options and we do not see a spot for him on the 25-man roster.
- The Rays have 5 players that will be arbitration-eligible following this season. Salaries for those players are educated guestimations based on contracts of similar arbitration-eligibles in the past few years. Anybody you think we are way off on?
- Troy Percival’s 2009 salary was bumped up by $445K due to escalators in his contract for appearing in 50 games and finishing 38.
- The Rays appear to be stuck with Troy Percival and Chad Bradford. Their $7.95 million combined salaries stick out like a sore thumb.
- As a Rule 5 draft pick, Derek Rodriguez must be on the major league roster or be offered back to his original team. We don’t see a spot for Rodriguez, but we think the Rays will work out a deal to keep Rodriguez in the organization. It would likely cost the Rays a low-level minor leaguer or cash.
- The opening day payroll now projects to be $60.3 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 $64.3 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).
- $60 million is most likely at the high-end of where the Rays want their payroll to be and may even be above the threshold. If the Rays want to add another player (Gabe Kapler, Rocco Baldelli), they would most likely have to trade an existing contract. The Rays tried moving Chad Bradford but could not find any takers. Other possibles would be Carl Crawford and Gabe Gross.
- A year ago, the Rays projected to have 7 million dollar players. That number has now more than doubled to 15.