Now that the 25-man roster has been finalized and the regular season is under way, let’s take a look at the opening day 40-man roster and payroll…

40-Man Roster and Payroll
(notes on the roster can be found below the table)…

Notes on the 40-man roster projection

  • Ages are as of today.
  • There are currently 39 players on the 40-man roster.
  • If needed, both Chad Bradford and Fernando Perez could be moved to the 60-day DL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
  • The opening day payroll now projects to be $63.3 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 $67.3 million.
  • 63.3 million would have ranked the Rays 24th in payroll on opening day last year. The Rays opening day payroll in 2008 was $43.8 million.
  • 16 players will make at least $1 million this season. That number was 12 on opening day last year.


  1. Dirtbag Fan says:

    That's a lot of cheddar for Dan Wheeler and Chad Bradford... Put their payrolls together and you could get one real good arm out there.

  2. Justin says:

    Prof, could you put years remaining on for each player's contract as well?

    • For the sake of space I had to pull that from this list, but I will try to find a way to get it back on. In the meantime, you can find that under "control" on the Trade Value Index over in the sidebar.

  3. Brixology says:

    I'm getting ready to leave and there's no post where I can pick my Sunburst Player of the Game...


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