Baltimore Orioles Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward Mar.15/2013
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I believe that 2013 will be a regressive season for the Baltimore Orioles. Much like the 2011 Arizona DiamondBacks in the National League, all of the bounces and luck went the Orioles way to have a magical year of a playoff berth in 2012. A crazy amount of 1 run wins, extra inning wins and a brilliant bullpen defied the odds in the American League in order to compete.
I still think the Baltimore Orioles will be competitive in 2013, I just don’t see a 90 win team. The team is not saddled with many outrageous contracts left, however it is a shame that Brian Roberts (10 Million Dollars Per Year) can’t stay healthy. They will need repeat years from Adam Jones and Chris Davis, plus significant increases in production from J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis will need to hit his .300+.
This team has to take a run at a few players via trade or a remaining Free Agent. The need for a power hitting DH and another OF with Pop to play LF would be a wise decision. The ownership will need to extend the payroll for this very option. Also, they will need to plunk down some dough to sign an ace on the Free Agency market. You can’t tell me that a guy like Kyle Lohse won’t help the club!
2012 Winning Mix Highlights:
This team also can’t depend on Brian Roberts to stay healthy, so they will need a top of the order player who might be able to play second base. I like Hardy, Machado, Davis and slot. However, they also can’t count on Machado for a full year if he struggles. The good news is the team will have options and they also have several players that can play different defensive positions.
The teams biggest strength is the cost-effective bullpen they possess. This will be key to the club vying for a playoff spot for the next several years. The Orioles are at a pivotal junction in their franchise. The fans will also need to step up the attendance figures so that Peter Angelos will be willing to loosen his purse strings.
In a tough AL East with New York and Boston spending up to the Luxury Tax Threshold of 189 Million, the Orioles will need to top the 120 Million Mark to stay relevant. They will be around 100 Million to start the campaign. A brilliant job by Dan Duquette has paved the way to take a run at some Free Agents or propose a trade or two with their plethora of young talent may be the way to land an Ace Pitcher or an offensive upgrade at SS or LF.
Whatever happens from 2013 forward, the future has not looked brighter in Maryland in about 15 years. The fans of Baltimore must also understand that if there is a small drop-off in 2013, that this year was not a one and done ordeal.
Baltimore Orioles Payroll 2013 in Millions Signed Players:
Nick Markakis OF: (15.0) (Signed through 2014 and a 17.5 Team Option for 2015 or a 2.5 MIL Buyout, Free Agent in 2015 or 2016.) As a Career .295 hitter, the Orioles need Markakis to earn his 15 Million Dollar a Year Contract by matching this total in 2013. He is a quality left Handed Hitter in the lineup and his absence is noticeable when sidelined.
Brian Roberts 2B: (8.8) (Signed through 2013 and is a Free Agent in 2014.) It is a shame that this former ALL-Star can’t stay in the lineup due to injuries. The team will need to have a 2nd option entering the year.
Adam Jones CF: (8.5) (Signed thru 2018) Following his stellar 2012, (where he will garner some top 10 AL MVP Voting) Jones also robbed the Gold Glove from Mike Trout. As the franchise face, it is incumbent on this player to continue his upwards trend.
J.J. Hardy SS: (7.4) Hardy has one more year left before Free Agency looms in 2014. I personally believe the J.J Hardy may be used as trade-bait to if the team falls out of the running by the Trade Deadline.
Jason Hammel SP: (6.8) IS a ‘Super 2′ Arbitration Eligible Players. Is also a Free Agent in 2014. Hammel started guns a blazing in 2012, going 8-3 before cooling off in the second half with injuries and 3 consecutive losses in decisions. He still sported a 3.43 ERA and will be counted on as one of the Orioles top 4 starters in 2013.
Jim Johnson RP: (6.5) Has another year of Arbitration in 2014 and is a Free Agent in 2015. Johnson received a huge pay-raise ($3.9 MIL) based on his 51 Save season. He was the anchor behind the Bullpen staff nailing down so many wins for the Baltimore club with his 2.49 ERA.
Matt Wieters C: (5.5) The big guy will have 2 more years of Arbitration and then is a Free Agent in 2016. Wieters has improved steadily at both of the offensive and defensive side. In a division where the Catchers do not hit for AVG at all, the Orioles have the best all around field general. If he wants another big raise of $5 MIL) – he will need to hit 30 HRs and drive in 100 RBI for this campaign.
Tsuyoshi Wada SP: (4.1) (Signed through 2014, Free Agent in 2015) The club will hope the player can make the next step to the Major Leagues in late 2013 as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery from May of 2012.
Wei-Yin Chen SP: (3.6) (Signed through 2015, Free Agent in 2016) Wei-Yin Chen established himself as one of the club top starters in 2012 by going 12-11 with a respectable 4.02 ERA. He is a solid #3 Starter.
Chris Davis 1B/3B/RF: (3.3) “Crash” has 2 years left of Arbitration and is Free Agent in 2016. What a break out year in 2012 with 33 HRs and 85 RBI in 515 AB. Davis could just be the difference in 2013 for the Orioles whether they make the playoffs or not. His strikeouts are bothersome, yet if he can match his 2012 power production, the O’s will find a spot for him somewhere in the lineup.
Darren O’Day RP: (2.2) One more year being Arbitration Eligible before becoming a Free Agent in 2015. O’Day was money for the club in 2012 as the primary ‘situational’ Left Handed Pitcher out of the bullpen. He went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA and fanned 69 guys in 67 Innings.
Nate McLouth OF: (2.0) While he had some memorable hits in 2012, there are better options for the club than having signed this guy for another year.
Wilson Betemit 2B/3B/SS/DH: (1.8) (Signed through 2013, Vesting Option that is Guaranteed for 2014 with 324 PA in 2013 for 3.2 Million) Betemit is a solid bench player, even with limited AB. He can play several positions and is very payroll friendly. He has a .778 Career OPS.
Tommy Hunter SP: (1.8) The former Ranger is Arbitration Eligible for the next 2 years before becoming a Free Agent in 2016. Hunter will be given every opportunity to make the club out of spring training. Much like Matusz, he was better as a reliever (3-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 13 games) as oppose to a starter (4-8 with a 5.71 ERA.)
Brian Matusz SP/RP: (1.6) Matusz has 2 more years of Arbitration and is Free Agent in 2016. Matusz served a great role in 2012 as a reliever(1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 18 Games) after failing as a starter (5-10, 5.42 ERA). He may find that as a LHP out of the pen, that it may suit his style more.
Alexi Casilla SS/2B: (1.4) Free Agent in 2014. Picked off of the Twins scrap heap in recent times, this is an insurance policy versus another injury-plagued year for Brian Roberts. At the very least, the man could play a nice backup role as a defensive Infielder. At Age 25, he still is quite young.
Dylan Bundy SP: (1.3) The 19-year-old made his debut in 2012 and will probably start off the year in the Minors for more seasoning. Touted as the future ‘ace’ of the club, Bundy is perhaps the most important pitching prospect in the organization since Mike Mussina.
Nolan Reimold LF; (1.0) 2 more years of Arbitration and a Free Agent 2016 After a strong first few months with the club in 2009, the guy had never lived up to his prospect status heading into 2012. He started out this previous year with an AVG of .313 with 5 HRs and 10 RBI in April before having his season ended with a herniated disk. They simply can’t rely on him for 2013, having had him go under the knife early in the summer of 2012.
Luis Ayala RP: (1.0) Ayala is a serviceable pitcher out of the Bullpen and will be counted on in 2013 as one of the veteran guys in the later innings. As a guy who logged 75 IP in 66 Appearances during 2012 with a 2.64 ERA, so this is also a no-brainer for the club to pick up the Club-Option for a measly Million Bucks. Ayala will be a Free Agent after the year again.
Troy Patton RP: (815 K) Arbitration Eligible from 2014 – 2016 and a Free Agent in 2017. With a 2.43 ERA in 54 games and 55.2 IP, Patton will be part of a strong bullpen staff in 2013.
Taylor Teagarden C: (650 K) 2 more years of Arbitration and a Free Agent in 2016. Teagarden is a perfect/cheap backup for Wieters.
This brings the total to for after this category equals 87.7 Million for these 21 players.
Mark Reynolds (500 K)
Bobby Bonilla (500 K)
This brings the total for this category up to 88.7 Million Dollars
Pre-Arbitration Eligible and Major League Minimum Contracts:
Todd Redmond P: (490 K) Selected off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, this Right Handed Pitcher has only had a small cup of coffee in the Majors. He is Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.
Jonathan Schoop (480 K) SS: Schoop has not started his service time in the Major Leagues and was ranked #82 by Baseball America in 2012 for MLB Prospects. He has a great WBC Tournament for the Netherlands. His time may be coming soon for Baltimore with Hardy on the last year of his deal.
Jake Arrieta SP: (489 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014, Free Agent in 2018. Arrieta struggled in 2012 with a 3-9 Record and a 6.20 ERA. He will have a tough time cracking the 25 man roster in 2013.
Zach Britton SP: (486 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014. Free Agent in 2018. Britton went 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA for the Orioles after joining the club for the second half of the season. He should be the teams #5 starter heading into 2013.
Pedro Strop RP: (483 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2018.
Xavier Avery LF: (480 K)
Manny Machado 3B: (480 K) Machado was up for the club in the playoff run and was decent at the hot corner but struggled at the plate. He may be better served to start out in the minors in the 2013 year. He will be back with the birds at some point in the 2013 season.
Danny Valencia 3B: (480 K)
Luis Exposito C: (480 K)
Ryan Flaherty 2B/3B/RF: (480 K)
Chris Tillman SP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017. With a 9-3 Record in the 2012 year, the guy is the lock of the club to be on the starting staff in 2012. He will probably assume the #2 spot in the rotation.
Zach Phillips RP: (480 K)
Miguel Gonzalez SP/RP: (480 K)
Steve Johnson SP/RP: (480 K)
Total Salaries for these players equals 7.0 Million and brings up the total payroll to 95.7 Million.
Thoughts Going Forward:
This is one of the worst winters for any team that has a chance of competing in 2013! How could the O’s bank on any of their Starting Rotation to have a #1 Starter?? Bundy is still a couple of years from that. Your time to strike is right now Baltimore (while the Yankees get old for a few years and Boston is caught in a transient time.) The AL West are all going to go 15-4 versus the Houston Astros to fatten up their record – and possibly sew up the two Wild Cards. Good luck in the AL East.
My prediction for the Orioles is 80 wins. Before you lash out at me – Vegas has their current Over/Under for wins at 77.5. I am actually calling this over. Showalter is a great manager, but to pull a rabbit out of the hat trick twice in consecutive years will not work. I am not sure you can count on 33 HRs from Davis and you lost Mark Reynolds at 3B. Machado may hit 20+ HRs, but will also walk less and yield about the same Batting Average.
Your Bullpen is exceptional and will help you stay in some games. I say Wieters, Jones and Markakis will have strong years only to have it not matter much. The kicker here is that if the team would spend about $20 MIL more, they could compete with the Jays, Yankees and Rays.
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