With all seven arbitration-eligible players agreeing to one-year contracts, we now have a very good idea of what the 2014 payroll will look like. Assuming no further changes are made to the roster, the payroll will be approximately $77.0 million, the highest in franchise history, topping the $72.8 million payroll in 2010.
Of course, this can still change if David Price is traded or the Rays sign somebody to be a designated hitter. We also don’t know the exact salaries for players in their first three seasons. These players will make close to the league-minimum of $500,000, but the exact amount often varies a few thousand dollars.
Some notes on the projection…
- Players in grey are players on the 40-man roster that are not projected to be on the opening day roster. We know the salaries that are in bold. The salaries not in bold are estimates but should at least be in the ballpark.
- There are currently no open spots on the 40-man roster. If the Rays want to sign or trade for any players with major league contracts, they will have to open spots on the 40-man roster by either trading away players or exposing them to waivers.
- Players with a “0″ under options cannot be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. By my count, Brandon Guyer and Josh Lueke are out of minor league options. So they will have to be removed from the 40-man roster if they fail to make the opening day roster.
(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 $500K in ’14. Minor leaguers on the 40-man for the first time make $81,500. We are not including signing bonuses or incentives.