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State of the Padres Payroll

With the lack of player movement this offseason (well at least compared to the KT years) and the promise from multiple front office officials that the Padres payroll will start with a 4 this season I decided to try and figure out how much money the Padres had to play with to fill their remaining 3 holes they had left on their roster:

Pos

Name

2010

C

Hundley

0.41

1B

Gonzalez

4.75

2B

Eckstein

1

3B

Headley

0.41

SS

Cabrera

0.41

RF

Venable

0.41

CF

LF

Blanks

0.41

SP

Young

6.25

SP

Corriea

3.6

SP

Latos

0.41

SP

SP

Richard

0.41

CL

Adams

1.25

8th

Poreda

0.41

7th

Gregerson

0.41

LRP

Thatcher

0.41

RP

Russell

0.41

RP

Webb

0.41

RP

Liz

0.43

Bench

Gwynn

0.43

Bench

Salazar

0.43

Bench

Ryan

0.43

Bench

Denorfia

0.41

Bench

Total

23.86

The list assumes that both Kouz and Bell would be traded, I really did this for two reasons:

  1. It really does not make sense for the Padres to pay each of them 3-5 mil to play next season when they have younger, cheaper players who will be around for a while longer waiting to fill their spots .
  2. I really don't know what they will get in arbitration so it really makes projecting the payroll easier without them in there.

The names in the bullpen are pretty interchangeable, the Padres have enough young cheap arms in their system to fill any hole for pretty much the league minimum.  Also I'm guessing that Denorfia can be replaced by either Durango or Huffman.

So if my assumptions are correct the Padres have 3 positions to fill and at the very least have $16.9 mil to spend.  I'm guessing the fifth and final bench spot will be filled by a back up IF with 0-3 years of major league experience and making the league minimum, so really the only players left on the Padres X-mas list are a middle of the rotation type pitcher and a CF and they have about $16.5 mil to spend on them.   At $8 mil a pop and room in next year's budget (only Adams, Mujica, and Gwynn would be eligible for arbitration next year) The padres do have some room to possibly sign some mid level guys to multi-year contracts if the right deals came along.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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