We haven’t done this since Jeff Niemann lost his arbitration case, so let’s take a quick look at the projected 40-man roster.
Barring any major moves, the Rays opening day payroll will be approximately $64.3 million. That would be an increase of 56.4% over last year’s opening day payroll of $41.1 million. It would also be the second-highest payroll under Stuart Sternberg, behind only 2010 when the payroll was approximately $72.8 million.
|(1) 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. An option is only used if a player spends more than 20 days in the minors while on the 40-man roster. A player with more than 5 years experience can refuse a minor league assignment, so we list those players as having no options.|
|(2) Years remaining under control of franchise before free agency eligibility. A player can become a free agent after 6 years of Major League service time.|
|(3) First, second and third year players will have their salaries determined by the team, but will fall close to the major league minimum which is $480K in ’12. Minor leaguers on the 40-man make $78,250. We are not including signing bonuses or incentives.|
|* Players with at least 3 years since their big league debut. These players must clear optional waivers in order to be demoted to the minors even if they have options remaining.|