Cleveland Indians Payroll In 2013: And Contracts Going Forward

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Sunday Feb 24, 2013

The Cleveland Indians have been around since 1901. During the years the Indians have won 8,792 games & have lost 8,573 games. The Indians have won the World Series 2 times & have 31 players in the Hall Of Fame.

The Cleveland Indians have been around since 1901. During the years the Indians have won 8,792 games & have lost 8,573 games. The Indians have won the World Series 2 times & have 31 players in the Hall Of Fame.

By Larry Myers (Indians Correspondent):

The Indians finished the 2012 season as a huge disappointment. The Indians had a strong first half before falling apart in the second half. The Indians the 2013 season with many new faces after a busy winter.

 GM Chris Antonetti and President Mark Shapiro decided to make some major moves to improve the team for the 2013 season. The first move the Indians made was replacing Manny Acta with Terry Francona as manager. The Indians then traded Shin-Soo Choo & Tony Sipp in a 3 team trade to pick up Drew Stubbs, Matt Albers. Bryan Shaw & Trevor Bauer. The Indians signed a few Free Agents with the four biggest names being Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Brett Myers, & Michael Bourn. The Indians showed that with the moves they made they are ready to contend now & in the future.

Cleveland Indians 2012 Season Highlights:

Nick Swisher has had 8 straight 20+ HRs - with at least 73+ RBI.  He has never had an 100 RBI year, however that is more because he walks about 90 times a year on Average.  He was an ALL-Star with New York in 2010.  A year he hit 29 HRs and drove in 89 RBI.  He had his highest SLG % that year (.511)

Nick Swisher has had 8 straight 20+ HRs – with at least 73+ RBI seasons. He has never had an 100 RBI year, however that is more because he walks about 90 times a year on Average.

Contracts for the 2013 season outside of bracket:

Carlos Santana C – ( Second YR of a 5 YR/$21,001,900 ) $750,000 – Santana proved he belonged last year as he took control of the young staff, learned to be a good backup at First Base & provided 18 Home Runs & 76 RBI. At this salary, he is well worth that price this year.  Santana is signed through 2017.  In 2014, he make $3 MIL, 2015 -  $6.5 MIL and 2016 – $8.25 MIL.  There is a Team Option for 12 Million for the 2017 season.

Asdrubal Cabrera SS – (First YR of a 2YR/$16,500,000) $6, 500,000 – Cabrera had another good season with the glove, but his offense went down from 2011. This season Cabrera still gave the Indians 25 Home Runs & 92 RBI and made his second All Star Team. Cabrera will make $10 MIL in 2014 before he hits Free Agency in 2015.

Nick Swisher 1B – (First YR of a 4YR/$56,000,000 with 14 Mil Vesting Option in 2017 if he gets 550 PA in 2016) $11,000,000 – Swisher, the first big Free Agent signed, brings a history of great play & power to the Indians. Swisher will provide leadership to a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in years. Swisher will make $15 MIL for each of the 2014-2016 seasons in going forward.

Mark Reynolds 3B/DH – (1YR Deal) $6,000,000 – Reynolds brings a big bat, but a huge strikeout totals to the Indians. With this salary, they have the power DH they have missed the last two years.

Michael Bourn OF – (First YR of a 4 YR/$48,000,000 with a 12 Mil. Vesting option in 2017 if he gets 550 PA in 2016 ) $7,000,000 – Bourn is the biggest Free Agent prize the Indians signed this year. Bourn brings blazing speed, 42 SB in 2012, & a great glove to the Indians. With this contract, Bourn with patrol the OF for the next four years.  Bourn will make $13.5 MIL in both 2014 and 2015 – before he makes $14 MIL in 2016.

Drew Stubbs OF – (1 YR Deal) $2,825,000 – Stubbs was picked up in the 3 team trade with Cincinnati & Arizona. Stubbs, like Bourn, brings blazing speed & a great glove to the Indians. Stubbs can add in some pop, but has a huge Strikeout total. With the change in teams, we can expect better numbers from Stubbs & with this salary, very cheap.  Drew Stubbs is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and is a Free Agent in 2016.

Mike Aviles 2B/3B/SS – (First YR of a 2YR/$6,000,000 with a 3.5 Mil. Team Option in 2015) $2,250,000 – Aviles was a great Free Agent signing. With Aviles, the Indians get a good bench player with some pop in his bat who can play a few positions.  Aviles will make $3.75 MIL in 2014.

Lou Marson C – (1YR Deal) $1,000,000 – The Indians resigned Marson to back up Santana for another season. Marson had an average season in 2012 & will continue to help with these young pitchers.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2016.

Justin Masterson SP – (1YR Deal) $5,678,5000 – Indians resigned Masterson to be the ace of their staff for another season. Masterson came down from his 12 Wins & 3.21 ERA in 2011 to win 11 Games with an ERA of 4.93 in 2012. The Indians hope Masterson can improve on his 2011 season & lead the team.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015.

Jimenez had an abysmal 2012 - where he led the AL in losses with 17 and featured a 5.40 ERA.  He will need to prove to the Indians he can still pitch for them to pick up his 8 MIL Team Option for 2014 - he will make 5.75 MIL this year

Jimenez had an abysmal 2012 – where he led the AL in losses with 17 and featured a 5.40 ERA. He will need to prove to the Indians he can still pitch for them to pick up his 8 MIL Team Option for 2014 – he will make 5.75 MIL this year.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP – (Third YR of a 4YR/$10,000,000 with 8 Mil. Team Option for 2015) $5,750,000 – Jimenez, in his first full season with the Indians had a poor year with 9 Wins & 17 Loss. The Indians are hoping with a good winter league play, Jimenez will get him back to his Cy Young year in 2010.

Brett Myers SP – (1YR Deal) $7,000,000 – By signing Myers, the Indians are taking a big risk with the contract by hoping he can go back to starting after the last year in the bullpen. If Myers can revert back to a 14 to 16 game winner, this will be a great deal.

Trevor Bauer SP – (Third YR of a 4YR/$4,450,000) $1,183,334 – Bauer was picked up in the 3 team trade during the off season. Bauer was drafted as the 3rd pick in the 2011 draft & made his debut in 2012 winning 1 game with an ERA of 6.06. Coming to Cleveland, Bauer becomes the top propsect with a chance to make the team this year.  Bauer will make the same $ total in 2014.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.

Chris Perez RP – (1YR Deal) $7,300,000 – Perez resigned after another good season with 39 Saves & a trip to the All Star Game. Perez is the leader of one of the best bullpens in the league & will continue to post good numbers.  Perez is a ‘Super 2′.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015.

Matt Albers RP – (1YR Deal) $1,750,000 – Albers was picked up from Arizona in the 3 team trade. Albers had a good season in Arizona & will be a great addition to the Indians bullpen.  Albers will be a Free Agent in 2014 – so it would behoove him to throw well this year.

Joe Smith RP – (1YR Deal) $3,150,000 – Smith was resigned after another great season with the Indians. Smith is expected to lead the new relievers & will have another great season.  He is also a Free Agent heading into the 2014 Season.

The total cost of these 15 players will be $61,845,834 plus two buyouts of Shin-Soo Choo & Travis Hafner to bring the total to $68,145,834. The Indians brought in Jason Giambi, Ryan Raburn, Jeremy Hermida, Ben Francisco, Matt Capps, Scott Kazmir & Daisuke Matsuzaka as non roster players with a chance to make the team. If Giambi makes the team he would get $750,000. If Matsuzaka makes the team, he would make $1,500,000. The others are to be determined.

Chris "Pure Rage" Perez has won 6 games with 14 Losses in 4 YRS with the Indians. Perez has been an All Star the past two years. As the leader of the "Bullpen Mafia", Perez will continue to be a fan favorite in Cleveland.

Chris “Pure Rage” Perez has won 6 games with 14 Losses in 4 YRS with the Indians. Perez has been an All Star the past two years. As the leader of the “Bullpen Mafia”, Perez will continue to be a fan favorite in Cleveland.

Pre-Arbitration Players ( 2012 Salary Shown ):

Jason Kipnis 2B – $482,100 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018 ) – Kipnis took over the 2B job in 2012 & proved he belonged. With a good glove, 14 Home Runs, & 31 SB, Kipnis is expected to man 2B for years to come.

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018) – Chisenhall has been the top prospect for years & played well in 43 Games last year. Chisenhall is expected to take over the 3B job this year & man that position for years.

Michael Brantley OF – $495,300 (Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017) – Brantley took command of the OF with injuries to Grady Sizemore. Brantley had a solid season knocking in 60 Runs & playing great defense. Brantley will be asked to move to LF with the addition of Bourn.

Ezequiel Carrera OF – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019) – Carrera was brought up mid season & provided great defense off the bench. The Indians are hoping for the same from him this year.

Zach McAllister SP – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019) – McAllister came up last season to give the Indians some good starts to win 6 Games. McAllister is a favorite to take the 4th spot on the staff.

Vinnie Pestano RP – $491,200 (Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017) – Pestano completed his second full season as the setup man to Chris Perez. Posting great numbers, Pestano will again be one of the best setup men in the league & a future closer.

Nick Hagadone RP – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019) – Hagadone came up late last season & posted average numbers. Hagadone will be expected to be the lefty out of the bullpen to replace Tony Sipp.

Bryan Shaw RP – $483,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018) – Shaw is another player picked up in the 3 team trade. With Arizona in 2012, Shaw pitched well out of the bullpen & will be an important part of the Indians bullpen.

The rest of the Indians opening day roster will be players from this list & non roster players. With raises & salaries of Non – Roster players, you would add another 7 to 9 Million. With the added salaries, you will see the entire roster between 75 Million to 78 Million.

Going Forward To 2014:

At this time, the Indians have 6 players signed in 2014 for $46,883,334. If Myers & Jimenez contracts are picked up, you would add another $16,000,000 for a total of $70,283,334. With Kipnis, Pestano, Smith, Masterson, & Perez looking at new contracts & raises, you can add another 10 to 20 Million to that total which could bring it to $90,000,000 in 2014. This will not give the Indians much room to add Free Agents in 2014.

The Indians were 1 win away from the World Series in 2007.  With all of the additions to the club this year, will they just a take a run at their 1st Post Season Berth since then?

The Indians were 1 win away from the World Series in 2007. With all of the additions to the club this year, will they just a take a run at their 1st Post Season Berth since then?

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Indians Correspondent’ Larry Myers for preparing today’s featured article. Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised all over Southern California. He has been a Cleveland Indians fan his whole life. Larry’s grandfather was a huge fan and knew a lot of the old-time players. I get to as many games as possible ( Minors and Majors ). His fave players of ALL-Time are Bob Feller, Herb Score and Jim Thome. Larry loves going over the stats of Indians players and watching every game on TV. Follow Larry on Twitter and talk about the games of Baseball

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