Chris ArcherThanks to some sort of VooDoo curse that Joe Maddon placed on the Rays this season, 17 different players have gone on the disabled list a total of 19 different times. The result is a very young and cheap active roster.

With 11 players currently on the DL, the Rays now have nine rookies on the roster. In addition, they have eight other players making at or near the MLB minimum salary ($500,000).

In fact, the Rays’ 25-man active roster has a combined payroll of just $42.0 million, and that includes $11.0 million for Evan Longoria and $7.5 million for Asdrubal Cabrera.

To put that in perspective, $42.0 million is less than the Dodgers will pay Clayton Kershaw for the 2015 season and the first three months of the 2016 season ($46.0 million) and it is less than the Yankees will pay Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia this season combined ($45.5 million).

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  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Cork,

    You put the absolute best picture possible to go with this post. We are now seeing David Price redux in Chris Archer. We know he won't be here forever, but hope against hope he will. What the Rays hope is that when that day comes, we can parlay his future into more chips to be able to play at the blackjack table with the grownups. It makes me mad and yet, at the same time, makes my jaw drop in its' year after year success.
    The one thing I especially love about this philosophy is seeing these young guys, these no-names, stepping up and playing their asses off and having a blast doing so. It's a joy to watch…….when they win.

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  2. edward williams says:

    before I make a snide remark about the payroll and ownership, I must ask a question, all the players that are hurt , are they still receiving money from the team or from insurance. The reason I ask is because we kept hearing from stu and the front office about how bad things are with the payroll and attendance , but now with all the players hurt and the payroll down , we shouldn't hear anything about how bad the attendance is hurting the bottom line. I really have to say though it is real nice to see more of a "energetic team" this year, maybe because of the youth, it is a lot better than I thought it was going to be, even though a lot of the players that where here in the beginning aren't here now, can't wait for them to return to see what they can do. GO RAYS!!!!!!!!

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    • Starmand says:

      Insurance.

      But probably the premiums have gone up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akEgsZSfhg

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    • patrianakos says:

      Edward: You go on the DL, you still get paid. You just don't count against the (25- or 40- man) roster, so the team can replace you. As for attendance and finances: The Rays operate at a profit. A small profit, I grant you, and entirely due to revenue sharing, but if they post a loss, they'll tell us!

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  3. Ken says:

    Just imagine what this bunch of over achievers could accomplish if the Dude covering 25% of the outlay had as many homers as millions. Time to step up Longo.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      He leads the team in hits and is tied for the lead in doubles. He is also 2nd in Runs and RBI and is playing excellent defense. The Rays have gotten their money's worth from Longoria.

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