With the recent additions of Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Kyle Farnsworth, here is an updated look at how the Rays 40-man roster and 2011 payroll would look if the season started today. We will have more on the opening day roster later today…
Notes on the 40-man projection…
- A legend for the table can be found below.
- Players in white would be on the 25-man roster. Players in grey would be on the 40-man roster but are projected to start the season in the minors.
- Justin Ruggiano, Elliot Johnson and Adam Russell will be out of minor league options.
- Stuart Sternberg said the 2011 payroll will be under $60M. As we can see the Rays are only committed to ~$41.5M. That is a $30.4M drop in payroll from last year.
- Technically, Manny and Damon have yet to be added to the roster. The Rays will need to remove one player to make room for both. At this point, we think the Rays are looking to trade recently acquired Sam Fuld. With Damon and Matt Joyce on board, Fuld seems the most expendable.
(1) Based only on players currently within the organization.
(2) Once a player is added to the 40-man roster, the team can ‘option’ the player to the minors 3 times. A team cannot be charged with using more than one option in a given season even if a player is demoted to the minors several times that year. An option is not used if a player is added to the 40-man roster midseason unless he is sent back to the minors at some point.
(3) Years remaining under control of franchise before free agency eligibility.
(4) First, second and third year players will have their salaries determined by the team, but will fall close to the major league minimum ($414K). Minor leaguers on the 40-man for the first time make $35,000 and second-year players (or players with at least 1 day of major league experience) make twice that amount. We are not including signing bonuses or incentives