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.