This week MLBTradeRumors released their salary projections for the . This is the last piece needed to get a full projection of what the 2014 payroll could look like without any free agent signings. The numbers MLBTR comes up with are usually pretty close and much better than when I guess so it has proven best practice to wait for them before talking about this stuff. ' arbitration eligible players
For those that do not know which Padres are aribtration-eligible, here's the list: Chase Headley, Ian Kennedy, Clayton Richard, Luke Gregerson, Eric Stults, Andrew Cashner, Everth Cabrera, Tyson Ross, Jesus Guzman, Tim Stauffer and Kyle Blanks. Everyone else either has a fixed contract with the team or does not have enough service time to qualify for arbitration and will only get a very slight raise on their previous season's salary (making their projections easy).
First off, there is an elephant in the room that needs to be discussed. One of the options the team has with any player that is arbitration eligible is that they can "non-tender" them. That means make them a free agent them at no cost to the team. It is an easy way to avoid big salaries for players that are unlikely to provide value on those dollars. The elephant that I am talking about is Clayton Richard. It would be such an extreme folly to tender him a contract (and owe him at least $5M in 2014) that I cannot possibly see it happening. So I have to assume that will happen and all my projections will leave out his salary. Make sense to everyone?
Anyway, here's how the 2014 payroll would shake out. In the notes column if you see "MLBTR Estimate", then that is an MLB Trade Rumors number and it should be close, but no guarantees. If you see "Estimate", that is my own estimate and it should be really close (within $25K plus or minus) considering that these players are not due significant raises. Everyone else has a guaranteed contract. Also you might quibble with who I list as being on the payroll (for example, maybe you do not think Brach will be on the team in 2014), but it does not matter all that much since if you took that player off and replaced him with someone else from the minors they would make close to the same amount. There are also more than 25 players here and that is because players on the DL get paid too and some of these guys will be on the DL to start the season.
|Player||Age||Position||Contract Status||Projected Salary ($ millions)||Notes|
|Chase Headley||29||INF||Arb-4||10||MLBTR Estimate|
|Ian Kennedy||29||P||Arb-2||5.8||MLBTR Estimate|
|Cameron Maybin||26||OF||Arb Buyout||5.1|
|Luke Gregerson||29||P||Arb-3||4.9||MLBTR Estimate|
|Will Venable||31||OF||Arb Buyout||4.2|
|Nick Hundley||30||C||Arb Buyout||4|
|Cory Luebke||29||P||Arb Buyout||3.125|
|Eric Stults||34||P||Arb-1||3||MLBTR Estimate|
|Andrew Cashner||27||P||Arb-1||2.4||MLBTR Estimate|
|Chris Denorfia||33||OF||Arb Buyout||2.25|
|Everth Cabrera||27||INF||Arb-2||2.2||MLBTR Estimate|
|Jesus Guzman||29||INF||Super 2||1.3||MLBTR Estimate|
|Tyson Ross||26||P||Super 2||1.3||MLBTR Estimate|
|Tim Stauffer||31||P||Arb-3||1.2||MLBTR Estimate|
|Clayton Richard||30||P||Arb-3||Expecting non-tender|
As you can see the final number is just under $75 million. If anyone wondered how the Padres could end up paying that $80 million that Fowler claimed would be the 2014 payroll, well I think you can see how. They are already really close.