The Washington Nationals Franchise Part 6 of 6: 2013 Team Payroll And Contracts Updated Mar.8

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Thursday, March.07/2013

Stephen Strasburg is eligible for Arbitration after the 2013 season. He originally signed a 4 Year/14 Million Dollar Entry Level Deal after he was drafted in 2009.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst / Website Owner):

Perhaps no team will have more of a chance to win the 2013 World Series with Harper and Strasburg will be another year older, while both Zimmerman’s can both have been healthy for the year.  They have two Mutual Options for them to re-sign which I mention on the next page.  They do have several Arbitration Eligible Players including Super ‘2’ Free Agents Jordan Zimmerman and Tyler Clippard.  The Nationals should try to lock most of these guys up as long as they can.  Especially guys like Desmond, Espinosa and Storen.  

Their price shall only skyrocket as they become older.  The Nationals will not have to worry about their starting outfield of Morse, Werth and Harper as they are all signed for next year.  Strasburg enters the final year of this entry-level deal and Gio Gonzalez also has a nice value deal for the salary part of it.

Kurt Suzuki had a strong finish in 2013, so you could see the club maybe trading away he or Wilson Ramos before 2013 Trade Deadline.  I suspect the Phillies to be stronger this year, so major improvements by Harper and rejuvenated play from both Zimmerman’s will be crucial to the clubs success.  Micheal Lerner has made it abundantly clear he wants a championship for this club ASAP.  He will spend any amount of money .  The rest of the lineup looks set and ready to mash in 2013!

For Part 1 of the Article Series, The Expos Hitters: click here

For Part 2 of the Article Series, The Expos Pitchers: click here

For Part 3 of the Article Series, The Demise of the Montreal Expos: click here

For Part 4 of the Article Series, The Washington Nationals Franchise 2005-2012: click here

For Part 5 of the Article Series, The Nationals top 25 Man Roster from 20o5-2012 click here

MLB 13 The Show – Bryce Harper Interview:

Jordan Zimmerman has recovered from Tommy John Surgery in 2009 – to lead the club in ERA for the starting rotation. He is a ‘Super 2′ Arbitration Eligible Player.

Top Washington Nationals Payroll 2013 in Millions Signed Players:

1.  Jayson Werth   OF (16.6)  Werth is in the 3rd year of a 7 YR/$126 MIL contract.  He will make $20 MIL in 2014, then he will make $21 MIL for each between 2015 – 2017.  With a deeper roster for the club now – I think Werth will see his numbers be more like he had in Philadelphia.  He will be  a Free Agent in 2018.  At 33, the franchise hopes his production doesn’t entire fall off as the years go on.

2. Ryan Zimmerman  3B  (14.1) The Nationals current longest tenured player is in the 4th year of an 11 YR/$135 MIL contract.  He revitalized his path for his career numbers after suffering an injury riddled 2011 campaign.  He will make $18 MIL per year for every season between 2014 – 2018.  He will make $18 MIL in 2019, then he has a $18 MIL Team Option for the 2020 year or a $2 MIL Buyout.  At 28 now, he will be 35 when the Team Option is available.

3.  Dan Haren SP (13.0)  This was a great depth move for the club – and a great replacement for the Innings Pitched – vacated by Edwin Jackson leaving.  Haren will be a Free Agent at the end of this year at the age of 33.

4. Rafael Soriano CL (11.0) The brass shocked the baseball world so much with this deal.  The former Yankee signed a 2 Year Deal worth $28 Million Guaranteed – with $14 MIL of the salary being deferred from 2018 – 2025.  The contract also calls for a Team Option of $14 MIL that becomes set in stone if Soriano finished 120 Games between 2013 – 2014.

5. Adam LaRoche  1B (10.0)  Laroche resigning with the Club paved the way for the Michael Morse trade.  The salary goes for $12 MIL also in 2014 – with a $15 MIL Mutual Option in 2015, or a $2 MIL Buyout.  Essentially, this is a guaranteed $24 MIL over the next 2 campaigns.  Great deal for both clubs.  Laroche is 33.  He has 33 HRs and 100 RBI last year.

If the young catcher Leon can prove to be big ready this year, the Nats could deal the veteran Catcher.

If the young catcher Leon can prove to be big ready this year, the Nats could deal the veteran Catcher.

6. Kurt Suzuki   C (6.5)  Suzuki will likely be a Free Agent after this year – since there is a Team Option in 2014 for $8.5 MIL.  If the Nats opt out – this will cost them 500K.  They may decided to trade him if Ramos plays well for the 1st half of the year.  The Hawaiian native will turn 30 after this campaign.

7. Gio Gonzalez   SP  (6.4)  Gonzalez is in the 2nd Year of a 5 YR/$42 MIL Contract.  The 21 game winner in 2012 (and 3rd place finisher in the NL CY Young Vote) will make $8.5 MIL in 2014, $11 MIL in 2015, $12 MIL in 2016, before a Team Option comes up at $12 MIL for 2017 or a 500 K Buyout,  If 2017 Option is picked up, there is a 2nd Vesting Option for 2018 worth $12 MIL if he pitches 180 Innings.

8. Jordan Zimmermann SP  (5.4)  The Starter is available for Arbitration for 2014 and 2015 before becoming a Free Agent in 2016.  He was 12 – 8 with a 2.94 ERA (7th in the NL) last year.  At 26, he is entering his prime.

9. Denard Span OF:  (4.8)  He is in the 4th year of a 5 Year/$16.5 MIL Contract.  The new CF will make $6.5 MIL in 2014 – before there is a Team Option in 2015 for $9 MIL or a 500 K Buyout.  Span is a prototypical Lead-off guy with a Career 3 Slash Line of .284/.357/.746.  He is at a nice payroll value if he scores about 90 – 100 Runs and steals 20 bags.

10. Tyler Clippard  RP “Super 2″ (4.0)  Clippard is eligible for Arbitration for 2 more years before hitting the Free Agency in 2016. He has a 2.85 ERA in 267 Appearances in with the club.  He filled in admirably for Drew Storen in 2012 – collecting 32 Saves.  He will be part of an awesome Bullpen that features 3 former Closers in Soriano and Storen.

11.  Stephen Strasburg  SP (3.9)  Strasburg will have 3 consecutive years of Arbitration before he hits Free Agency in 2017.  As a Boras client, look for the phenom to play out his current deal and max out on a Multi – Year Deal.  Strasburg is 24 and would be 28 at the end of the Nationals holding him under team control.

With another CY Young like season, Strasburg will enter in 2014 eligible for Arbitration.  He will make David Price like money next year ($10.15 MIL)

With another CY Young like season, Strasburg will enter in 2014 eligible for Arbitration. He will make David Price like money next year ($10.15 MIL)

12. Ian Desmond  SS (3.8)  Desmond has 2 more years of Arbitration before he is a Free Agent in 2016.  In 2012, Desmond was  an ALL-Star and a Silver Slugger Award winner at SS – with a 3 Slash Line of .292/.335/.845, with 25 HRs and 73 RBI.  If he duplicated this season in 2013, he would double his salary for 2014.

13. Drew Storen  RP  (2.5) After finishing in 4th for NL Saves during the 2011 year, Storen battled injury until after the ALL-Star Game in 2012.  His Career WHIP is 1.099 – after posting a 0.989 mark in 2012.  Storen should be the prime setup man for Rafael Soriano.  He is Arbitration Eligible for the next 3 years before becoming a Free Agent in 2017.  As time goes on, they may have to move him as his salary escalates.

14. Ross Detwiler SP  (2.3) Stop me if you have heard this before.  Detwiler is Arbitration Eligible from 2014 – 2015,before hitting Free Agency in 2016.  This will force the Nationals to make some tough decisions as the payroll is going up every year.  Detwiler slots in as the #4 Starter to begin this year.  With another decent year like 2012 (10-8, with a 3.40 ERA), he will probably double his earnings for 2014.

15. Bryce Harper  OF (2.0) The 20 Year Old will be Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.  The Nats will sure have him help the club for the next 3 years at just $2.15 MIL in 2014 – and a $2.25 MIL in 2015.  With all of these other guys receiving hefty pay raises, this will equal it out.  Harper is capable of hitting 40 HRs, driving in over 100 RBI, stealing 20 – bases and Scoring 110 – 125 Runs a Year.  He will hit for a better Batting Average as he progresses.  By the time 2019 rolls around, he will only be 27.

16. Yunesky Maya SP (2.0)  Maya was signed to a 4 Year $8 MIL deal starting from 2010 and ending this year.  Right now, he is Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.

17. Anthony Rendon RP (1.8) Rendon’s clock has not started for his Major League Service.  He was the 6th pick of the 2011 Amateur Draft. 

18.  Roger Bernadina  “Super 2″ OF (1.2).  The spare Outfielder for the Nationals is a Super 2.  He will have  2 more years left of Arbitration in 2014 and 2015.  He will be a Free Agent in 2016.  The raises will not be so significant with not being in the starting lineup.  He may be a potential trade target for the club.

19. Craig Stammen (1.1)  (although he makes 2.25 MIL from 2013 – 2014 2 Year Deal, it has not been noted the yearly salary as of yet,  This guy was 6 – 1 with a 2.34 ERA in 88.1 IP during the 2012 campaign.  He also fanned 87 batters in that those Innings.  Stammen is still Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and 2016 – before becoming a Free Agent by 2017.

20. Matt Purke SP (1.0)  Purke was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 Amateur Draft.  The clock has not started for his Major League Service.

21. Chad Tracy 1B/3B/RF (1.0)  Signing Tracy to a 1 Year deal is a smart move.  Now that Morse is in Seattle – it is important to have options for depth like this guy.  He has a 3 Slash Line of .277/.337/.782.  Good pop from the bench and could see spot starts.  He hits versus RHP very well for his career – with an OPS of .823 (67 HRs and 282 RBI in 2054 AB is good production vs Righties.)

The Total Amount for these 21 players is 108.8 Million.

Pre-Arbitration Eligible Players/Entry Level Contracts-League :

22. Danny Espinosa  2B (508K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017.  After finishing 6th in the NL Rookie of the Year Vote in 2011, Espinosa struggled in 2012.  He Struckout 189 times – despite hitting 56 Extra Base hits and scoring 82 Runs.  With a big year in 2013, he could receive a 1 – 2 Million Dollar raise for 2014.

24. Steve Lombardozzi    (481 K) 2B/3B/LF  Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018.

25. Ryan Mattheus  (481 K) RP  Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.  Mattheus appeared in 66 games during the 2012 year – with a 2.85 ERA.

26. Jhonatan Solano  (480 K) C Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.

27. Cole Kimball  (480 K) RP   Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018.

28. Henry Rodriguez  (480 K) RP  Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017.  Rodriguez has 94 Appearances over the last 2 years with the club – posting a 4.26 ERA

29. Tyler Moore (480 K) LF/1B/PH Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019.  Moore had a productive 150 AB in 2012 – going for a 3 Slash Line of .263/.327/.840, with 10 HRs and 29 RBI.  He will backup at 1B and in the OF, plus see some PH duties.

30. Wilson Ramos  (491 K)  Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017.  Ramos finished 4th in Rookie Of The Year Voting in 2011, before injury plagued him in 2012.  He has a Career 3 Slash Line of .269/.333/.765 with 19 HRs and 67 RBI in 551 AB so far.

31.  Sandy Leon  (480 K) C  Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.

32.  Corey Brown – CF

33. Will Ohman – RP

34. Chris Marrero -1B

35.  Eury Perez – LF

36.  Brad Meyers – RP

37.  Carlos Rivero

Dead Money:

Buyout for Sean Burnett (250 K is applied to the 2013 Payroll.)

Thoughts Going Forward:

There is a solid future for the Nationals to win in the next 5 years.  The Payroll will continue to go up expediently every season.  The fans must help support the organization by filling Nationals Park.  There is not a huge need to address anything on Free Agency from 2014 – 2016.  The club is setup to keep renewing their Arbitration Eligible players.  Mike Rizzo will have his hands full to delegate the cash.

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

For Part 1 of the Article Series, The Expos Hitters: click here

For Part 2 of the Article Series, The Expos Pitchers: click here

For Part 3 of the Article Series, The Demise of the Montreal Expos: click here

For Part 4 of the Article Series, The Washington Nationals Franchise 2005-2012: click here

For Part 5 of the Article Series, The Nationals top 25 Man Roster from 20o5-2012 click here

Harper moving up the ranks to the Major Leagues will help the team curb their payroll escalation vs team production,  Harper will be eligible for Arbitration in 2016 after earning $6.4 MIL from the years of 2013 - 2015.  Despite missing a month plus of MLB Action due to a May Callup. Harper still scored 98 Runs in 2012 en route to a NL Rookie of The Year Campaign.

Harper moving up the ranks to the Major Leagues will help the team curb their payroll escalation vs team production, Harper will be eligible for Arbitration in 2016 after earning $6.4 MIL from the years of 2013 – 2015. Despite missing a month plus of MLB Action due to a May Callup. – Harper still scored 98 Runs in 2012 en route to a NL Rookie of The Year Campaign.

 Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here . You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days – click here.  I am happy to be part of such an awesome Magazine-Style Baseball Website and am looking forward to talking to all of the fans of the MLB.  You can reach me on Twitter here

Ben Fallon (Left) at Nats Park and Chuck booth (Right) (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) with Chuck Booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012).

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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  1. Lots of quibbles here, the top one being that there is no way the Nats are going to trade away Wilson Ramos, a dynamic young catcher who is under team control for four more years. Jesus Flores, who will be entering his last season before free agency and is nowhere near as good as Ramos, will likely be unloaded to allow Suzuki and Ramos to share the catching duties next year.

    Also, as much as I love LaRoche, there is no way he accepts his mutual option for one year instead of trying to snag a two or three year deal in free agency after his big season. Look for Tyler Moore, who has bashed 8 dingers as a rookie in a backup role, to be the favorite to win the job next year after hitting 61 HRs while playing first base in the minors the past two seasons.

    And lastly, why would the Nats sign a crappy free agent lefty like Randy Wolf when they have a better option in John Lannan under control for two more years? It is much more likely that if they choose to release or trade Lannan because of his high salary that they will either resign Jackson or bring in another power pitcher of the type GM Mike Rizzo likes.

  2. Good comments all sir. You have a point on LaRoche-as this is a good year to be a free agent as 1st baseman with a limited market. !0 Million Dollars is nothing to sneeze at though. Other than the RedSox or Marlins offering him this type of money, I doubt other teams will. Teams that need a 1B like Tampa Bay or Toronto won’t go above that. They could also move Morse to 1B and grab a fielder to replace him. John Lannan is making 5 Million Dollars yet they are keeping him in the Minors for a reason. Maybe Randy Wolf is not the answer, but it would be nice to have another lefty to throw against teams like the Phillies and Braves who have some Left Handed hitting bashers. As for Suzuki, I love the move for this year because Ramos was hurt, however it will be extremely hard to move him after the year is over with him making that much money. The Nationals would have to eat a substantial portion of his contract.

    The reason why I would suggest trading Ramos is for the very reason why you like him. He is young and controllable. You would get a nice player back for them (maybe even a starting pitcher to help.)They could always keep them both for next year as well and let the terms of play dictate who to go with. Suzuki has played well with WSH .262/.337/.405 3 HRs and 14 RBI in 84 AB. He needed a change out of the Coliseum where a lot of players slump. Jackson will be looking for a big contract and might price himself out of Washington’s range with a multi-year deal. You must remember that Zimmerman will get a boatload in Arbitration and Strasburg has ARB rights after next year. The team would not be wise to sign Jackson for multiple years which he certainly will seek after he has been good this year. Rather, Rizzo should save some of that payroll flexibility for when all of these youngsters startreceiving their 2nd and 3rd contracts for the club.

  3. Also John Lannan’s contract ends this year and now he will be available for arbitration for the 2013 year. If Jackson leaves, then he would be a great depth guy as a 6th or 7th Starter.

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