Let’s take a look at how the recent trade of James Shields and Wade Davis impacts the 2013 opening day roster and payroll. Some notes on the payroll can be seen below…

Notes on the projection…

  • As the roster stands now, the opening day payroll ($53.0 million) would be a 17.5% decrease from last season, but still well-above the 2011 opening day payroll ($41.1 million).
  • We are assuming Alex Torres, who is out of minor league options, takes one of the two vacant bullpen spots.
  • Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi have been added to the 40-man roster, giving the Rays 39 players on the roster.
  • Once the Rays add a DH or two, obviously the payroll will go up. But it also means that one or two players will be out of a job. Brandon Guyer and Elliot Johnson seem like the most likely candidates.

(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.



  1. J 2.0 says:

    I hate the guy, but I say bring on Pierzinski.

  2. phil says:

    Montgomery, Mihtook and Lobaton for Ramos and Morse of the Nats!

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Who is more likely to fill Davis long reliever role? Will it be Torres, Ramos, or someone else. Ramos was pretty solid in a few long stints last year.

  4. don says:

    Wonder if any correlation in both Florida baseball teams being cheap (low payroll) and declining attendance.....Always think about how many Josh Hamilton, carl crawford, J. damon, kotchman,Posey (fl. state),shields, Wade, jaso...(Florida) Fans who don't care anymore..just thinking...Guess Rays and Marlins are finding out over time....

    • LaneMeyer says:

      Josh Hamilton couldn't stay sober enough to make the Rays big club, Crawford was worn out from a decade on astroturf and then got overpaid, Damon was here a year as a DH, Posey was drafted elsewhere, Shields and Wade needed to go for the sake of improving the hitting and the farm system, Jaso was useless behind the plate and not good enough to be a DH. None of them has anything to do with declining attendance, this team is still making money. WIth the new TV contract, it will get even better and a new stadium should help with corporate sales. Attendance is overestimated regarding it's role in making profit. Maybe do some research next time before you sound ignorant.

      • don says:

        Nice little recap of what Happened to all our players, why don't you ask the Rays owners or any ML owner why live attendance is important to Ml baseball, then you will have "research" information instead of just repeating everything you have ever heard, that doesn't make you "non- ignorant,It just makes you a puppet

  5. Mike says:

    Am I blind, or is our new OF missing from this list? Surely he is on the 40 man roster, right?

    • Beth says:

      No, he's not. I read that they are not required to add him at this point, although I don't know enough about these rules to tell you why.

    • Greg says:

      I also read Myers doesn't need to be added yet. I suppose since the Rule 5 draft just occurred, they really have nothing to worry about til at least next year. He's almost certain to start in triple A to gain the extra year of control if they don't sign him long-term to a team-friendly deal and they may need the spot for someone they might want on the MLB roster before May or June (or whenever they would consider bringing Myers up).

  6. Joe says:

    They don't have to add him until he makes the 25 man. If he doesn't, he's not in Rule V danger so they didn't add him quite yet.

  7. ed says:

    now we are calling each other ignorant, look we all know the rays are making money, what is wrong with that, nothing , they just aren't making the amount they want. There is still time for them to bring in a bat or 2, i hope . The thing that has me wondering is are we as fans going to settle for just making the playoffs and being one and done. It is time for this ownership to step up and bring in a big bat, not somebody at the end of thier career. I know they tried with pat the bat, and it didn't work , so now go out and try somebody else, i heard on the radio today somebody say we can't compete with the yankees or redsox when it comes to payroll, of course not we don't have 8 million people living in this area. But with the pitching we have we don't need a whole lot. Look i am not as smart as some out there when it comes to stats and rule v etc. I just know that this ownership has been crying poormouth since it has been here and slamming the fans for attendance. If it is true that attendance is overestimated in profit making (i don't know one way or another) than the owners need to stop complaining and put out a championship team. I do have a question, i thought i read that longo's 6 million this year is going to go down by 4 million , which would be 2 million for this year, so that is another 4 million to add. Anyway ,merry christmas to all and go rays.

    • LaneMeyer says:

      Ignore Don, he doesn't seem to know a lot about baseball, especially Florida baseball. I am guessing he's a pink hat Sox fan.

    • Tom says:

      Ed, The part of your post I am responding to is "are we as fans going to settle for just making the playoffs and being one and done"

      I think I speak for all fans when I say the goal is the win the World Series. I think the playoffs, though, are kind of a crapshoot anything can happen in a 5 or 7 game series. For example, in June the Mets came into the Trop and swept the Rays. Now I do not think anyone would say the Mets are better than the Rays, they were just hot and the Rays were not. My point is that in a short series the best team does not always win.

  8. Joe says:

    Alfonso Soriano (since everyone knows the Cubs are willing to pay almost the whole salary)
    A.J Py...something (I hate him as a person but hes a C who hits, that's what I care about)
    Mike Adams (He just owns all)
    J.P Howell (I like JP, I want him to stay)

    If we got all 4 and I think the most expensive one would actually be A.J, man we would be scary.

    Just bare with me, pretend Myers breaks camp with us

    CF Desmond Jennings
    SS Yunel Escobar
    3B Evan Longoria
    LF Matt Joyce
    2B Ben Zobrist
    RF Wil Myers
    DH Alfonso Soriano
    C A.J....something
    1B James Loney

    Taking the mound: David Price

    How's that sound for opening day?

  9. ed says:

    i guess what i really mean is that it seems that the front office is content on just making the playoffs, especially in the al east, how many times have we heard that, i know anything can happen in a 5 or 7 game series, 2008 is a prime example, i just get the feeling sometimes that the some of the fans and f.o. are just content with the playoffs, i feel that way about the other teams in the area also, i was listening to bugger and rich herrera the other day and the question was would you rather have the 2 world series rings that the marlins have or do things the way the rays do them, for the future, thats what got me to thinking, i would rather have the 2 rings, at least i can feel good about being a world champion, ( not me of course , but the fan of one) i remember how good it felt when the bucs and lightning won. How long do we have to keep waiting for the rays, i am willing to wait for however long it takes because i am a fan, but sooner or later the f.o. is going to have to really go all in, and not complain about it. Oh well , just call me a whinner, lol go rays.

  10. Chris says:

    Alex Torres had one good outing all last year with the Bulls and he isn't tearing things up in the winter leagues. Hard to see how he's worth 480k, but not sure what they can do with him either. He's started 11 games this winter so far, but he was last year's least valuable pitcher in Durham (http://www.watchingdurhambullsbaseball.com/2012/09/2012-bulls-charts-2-pitchers.html)


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