With spring training games starting tomorrow, we now have a good idea what the 40-man roster is going to look like. Earlier this week we looked at the likely opening day roster. Here is the projected 40-man roster and and the payroll.
If no other changes are made to the roster, the opening day payroll will be 81.3 million, up 28.4% from last year’s opening day payroll.
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 is currently one open spot on the 40-man roster.
- Players with a “0″ under options cannot be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. The biggest question marks there are Brandon Guyer and Josh Lueke. Guyer will be in a fight for one of the last two bench spots. That he hits right-handed and can DH helps his chances. Lueke is more of a long-shot to grab the final spot in the bullpen and will likely have to be traded or designated for assignment.
(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.