With the recent additions it seems like a good time to update the 40-man roster and payroll projection. In addition to Yunel Escobar and James Loney, we have also adjusted some of the projected salaries for the remaining arbitration-eligible players using the salaries projected by MLBTradeRumors.com. Some notes on the payroll can be seen below…

Notes on the payroll…

  • The first 25 players (non-shaded) are the players that we project would be on the opening day roster if the season ended today.
  • The Payroll is projected to be $65.0 million, up slightly from last season ($64.2 million). However, that would change dramatically if James Shields is traded. Also, the Rays are likely to add a relief pitcher, a left fielder, and/or a DH.
  • Two important columns are “options,” which tells us whether or not a player can be sent to the minors. Players without options cannot be demoted without clearing waivers. And “Control” refers to the number of big league seasons until a player would become a free agent. For players in the minors, their “control” clock would not begin until they are in the big leagues.
  • There are some problems. By our count, Reid Brignac, Alex Torres, and Chris Giminez are out of minor league options. So if they are not on the opening day roster, they would have to be removed from the 40-man roster and be placed on waivers.

(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. Sledge says:

    Don't years of control for Longo needs updating for the contract extension?

  2. phil says:

    Trading Shields for multiple players reduces the payroll by $10.25 for addtional cheap free agents (relievers)

  3. Dave L says:

    This roster could compete in the NL for sure, unfortunately we have to a field a DH for 150+ games.

    Barring a Shields trade and maybe in addition to it, we still need a right handed bat to DH some and play some 1st base.

    The possiblity of EJ/SRod/Roberts platooning at DH is depressing.

    Yesterday on MLB they mentioned that the Yanks roster will be missing over half thier home run production from last year.

    Well the Rays were 8th in the AL with 175 homers. We are missing bats accounting for 68 of those. Assuming our 2 new infielders bring in 25 between them and a healthy Longo increases his output, we are still a looong ways off from a power standpoint.

    Get ready for some small ball......

  4. don says:

    Have to get a chuckle...... about Brignac...$78,000 wouldn't keep his old (playboy) girlfriend in panty hose....starting SS in ML baseball $5mil + yr...hope you had a nice time Reid... didn't need that batting cage did you buddy...


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