LA Dodgers Payroll In 2013: And Contracts Going Forward
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I must say I am completely shocked at the Dodgers spending as much money as they are since the ownership change. I listened to Magic say how he ‘was not going to do anything stupid’, I will give him this much. However, the amount of payroll the team has taken on is enormous. The Dodgers are going to be over 200 Million Dollars in Payroll for years to come.
After I put their top ten salaries on the board, I will break down the rest of the roster to analyze some more projections for salary. The Dodgers have about 218 Million Dollars in signed contracts.
If you can believe this next part, they even are paying Manny Ramirez 8.33 Million Dollars still in 2013, Andruw Jones 3.375 Million and Huroki Kuroda 2.0 Million. That is roughly 13 Million Dollars on guys that are no longer in your organization.
Back to the trades that have brought in several players. I do agree for the mentality of it. The Dodgers fans were given a raw deal by the past management and the new guys are showing the rest of the MLB that they intend to be the big dog.
With Cole Hamels re-signing with the Phillies, their coveted starter was no longer available in Free Agency. Gonzalez was there to be had if they would take on the Carl Crawford/Josh Beckett contracts.
The team went out and signed Zack Greinke (15 – 5 with a 3.48 ERA split between the Brewers and Angels) instead.
Here is a nice highlight clip of Carl Crawford below. As a side note: The only inside the park Home Run I have ever witnessed at a game live was hit by Carl Crawford at Us Cellular Field in 2008. He was one of the best lead-off hitters back then.
Carl Crawford Highlights – Mature Lyrics So Parental Guidance is Advised:
TOP TEN DODGERS PAYROLL in Millions 2013:
1. Adrian Gonzalez 21.0
2. Matt Kemp 20.3
3. Carl Crawford 20.0
4. Zack Greinke 19.0
5. Josh Beckett 15.8
6. Hanley Ramirez 15.5
7. Andre Ethier 13.5
8. Ted Lilly 13.5
9. Clayton Kershaw 11.3
10. Chad Billingsley 11.0
The Top 10 Players will make roughly 161 Million Dollars
The Rest of the team that is signed:
11. Manny Ramirez *** 8.5
12. Juan Uribe 7.0
13. Aaron Harang 7.0
14. Chris Capuano 6.0
15. Brandon League 5.5
16. Mark Ellis 5.3
17. Matt Guerrier 3.8
18. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3.8
19. Yasiel Puig 3.7
20. Hyun-Jin Ryu 3.3
21. Andruw Jones*** 3.2
22. J.P. Howell 2.9
23. Hiroki Kuroda *** 2.0
24. A.J. Ellis 2.0
25. Nick Punto 1.5
26. Skip Schumaker 1.5
*** No longer with the team and bought out.
28. Tony Gwynn Jr. 1.2 Million
29. Juan Rivera 500 K
30. Mike MacDougal 350 K
31. Todd Coffey 300 K
32. Matt Treanor 150 K
Club Control Minimum (6) and Draft Picks/Entry Level contract more than minimum (2):
31. Kenley Jansen
32. Dee Gordon
34. Luis Cruz
35. Scott Elbert
36. Josh Wall
37. Elian Herrera
38. Alex Castellanos
39. Stephen Fife
40. Tim Federowicz
They will probably sign a few more players too. The luxury tax starts at $178 Million. 1st penalty is 22.5 % or about 10 Million for projected 2013 Dodgers Payroll of 232 Million Dollars. 2014 the threshold goes to 189 Million, they will encounter a 30% penalty for going over the threshold and pay around $10 Million again. 3rd offense or higher and they are in the Yankees territory for 40% every year.
The vacated UFA’s and Paid out players equals 9 players, add Juan Rivera for a total of 10 players that are gone. This leaves you with 27 Men and about 232 Million Dollars worth of payroll. The Dodgers should have the highest payroll in the MLB. Yankees may be higher depending on what they end up doing. At the least, the Dodgers will be biggest in the NL.
With Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano ,Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Aaron Harang all locked up for this year, you really only need marginal production out of Beckett. They may keep them all or look to deal Ted Lilly perhaps.
On the plus side, based on what kind of resurgence has happened in A.J. Burnett‘s career, maybe a move to the National League, along with being out of Boston and the AL East, you have to think that Josh Beckett has a chance to bounce back.
With Carl Crawford, Tommy John surgery doesn’t take as long to recover from and he should be able to return early in the season. That will be an impressive outfield with Kemp, Ethier and Crawford. I think getting out of Boston and going to a relaxing city is just what Carl Crawford needs as a low-key guy. If he returns to 80% of the player he was in Tampa Bay, the Dodgers would be happy.
So that brings us to Gonzalez. He is a top 2 First baseman in the whole MLB.
I might only take Prince Fielder before him and you can make the argument that Gonzalez is a better all around player. With apologies to Albert Pujols. I base this on the fact that Adrian Gonzalez is three years younger than the Angels slugger and has hit for a better average over the last 2 years.
Another thing is that Gonzalez, Crawford, Ethier and Kemp all are signed on the dotted line until 2017. This provides a great core of talent the fan base will be excited to see. I would be amazed if the Dodgers don’t start drawing over 4 million fans again starting this year. With Clayton Kershaw and Billingsley being on the club for a couple of more years, you should be able to take a good run at a couple of World Series.
The Wild Card is Hanley Ramirez. He will make 31 Million Dollars over the next 2 years and I am of the belief that he will be motivated to play at an ALL-Star caliber clip once he comes back from injury.
You still have Juan Uribe signed for next year and he will probably split time with at Third with Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr. Gordon has only played Shortstop but look for him to convert to Third Base. The odd man out is Dee Gordon.
Luiz Cruz will start out the year at Shortstop.
At some point this season the team may call up ‘Phenom’ Yasiel Puig to help the offense, hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .523/.508/.1.351 in 57 Spring Training At-Bats. At least the club has someone to call on if injuries plague the franchise this year.
The Dodgers should be able to generate enough revenue to pay for all these guys (9 Guys making at least 11 Million this year!) With increased attendance, huge new TV Rights deal and a Superstar Latin Player in Gonzalez to help sell a pile of merchandise. I am most happy for Don Mattingly, who up until this trading frenzy, had been making chicken salad out of chicken s—!
Mattingly better hope they win at a great clip in the next few years or he will be out of a job. At least it is nice for the fans to have owners willing to put a great product on the field. After all, it has been 24 Years since Kirk Gibson and the LA Dodgers were World Series Champs. The time to win is now for the Dodgers.
Make Sure you come back on today, when I break down the organization from the Minors to the Major Leagues.
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Posted on March 28, 2013, in MLB Payroll and Contracts, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged a.j ellis, aaron harang, adam kennedy, adrian gonzalez, andre ethier, andruw jones, blake hawksworth, boston red sox, brandon league, carl crawford, Carlos lee, chad billingsley, chris capuano, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cole hamels, dee gordon, don mattingly, elian herrera, hanley ramirez, huroki kuroda, jamey wright, jerry hairston, jerry sands, joe blanton, josh beckett, josh hamilton, juan rivera, juan uribe, kenley jansen, kirk gibson, los angeles dodgers, luis cruz, manny ramirez, mark ellis, Matt Guerrier, matt kemp, matt treanor, mike napoli, nick punto, nick swisher, prince fielder, randy choate, ronald belisario, scott elbert, shane victorino, ted lilly, todd coffey, twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.