The Cincinnati Reds Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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The Reds have all shown up for Spring Training, and the team seems to be in jovial spirits for the most part – except for Brandon Phillips attitude towards the media.

Maybe  is upset about the recent news of the Homer Bailey 6 YRs/$105 MIL extension.  Perhaps it grates him that Joey Votto starts his 10 YRs/$225 MIL deal in 2014.

Phillips is in the 3rd year of his 6 YRs/$72 MIL contract, he will make $48 MIL between 2014 – 2017, before he hits Free Agency in 2018.

The deal goes $11 MIL, $12 MIL, $13 MIL and $14 MIL for the next four campaigns.

Jay Bruce has won back to back Silver Slugger Awards in 2012 and 2013, and also consecutive top 10 finishes.  At just 26 Years old, he is one of the premiere power hitters in all of the Nationals League.  The team locked him up to a 6 year deal with an Option prior the 2011 season.  Bruce is owed about $50 MIL over the next four years, and is a bargain for the 30+ HR and 100 RBIs he may put up every year going forward.

Jay Bruce has won back to back Silver Slugger Awards in 2012 and 2013, and also consecutive top 10 finishes. At just 26 Years old, he is one of the premiere power hitters in all of the Nationals League. The team locked him up to a 6 year deal with an Option prior the 2011 season. Bruce is owed about $50 MIL over the next four years, and is a bargain for the 30+ HR and 100 RBIs he may put up every year going forward.  Bruce replaced Adam Dunn in the OF when he left, and now he is clobbering the same type of numbers as his predecessor.  Bruce carries a 3 Slash of .257/.330/.812 into 2014, with 164 HRs and 485 RBI in 3038 AB – spanning 6 seasons.

As of right now, the team’s payroll is just hovering over $105 MIL with the Bailey extension now factored in.  The dollar amount is pretty much set for the rest of the year.

I would think the Reds would fork out some cash for contracts via trade route in the summer if they are in contention.

With their money also spent for this year, you can now see how they did not have the cash to re-sign either Shin-Soo Choo (7 YRs/$130 MIL), or even Bronson Arroyo‘s 2 YR pact for $23.5 MIL.

The franchise should be in decent shape with the replacement guys for those positions, in ‘prospect speedster’ Billy Hamilton and SP Tony Cingrani.

Having Entry-Level team controllable players in your organization ready to fill the bill is paramount in the NL Central – when you have the nemesis Cardinals doing it the very best out of any of the MLB clubs.

Luckily for Cincinnati they do reside in the Division they do.  St. Louis and they have similar payrolls, but the Cards are not blowing any of the other clubs in the NL Central by many pesos.

There are no powerhouse payroll teams like Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Angels, Dodgers, Phillies – or even the Giants for that matter.

This is good news when the organization is already on the verge of their payroll maximum.

Joey Votto is one of 7 players to have received a contract north of $200 MIL, and his deal is the 5th richest in MLB History.  You are talking about a world class player, and a perennial MVP candidate though.

The money just put out for Bailey will have ramifications for the team in going forward.  The franchise has roughly $100 MIL on the books for the 2015 year, and also 9 new Arbitration Eligible players.  More changes are coming….

Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman are among the Arbitration Eligible players.

For saving some beans at the count, the club will likely not exercise their portion of OF Ryan Ludwick‘s $9 MIL deal.  That is unless, he has a renaissance year.

Billy Hamilton could really help the franchise with a breakout year out of the CF position.  For the very reason, it would be easier to let go of Ludwick (should he struggle).

You also must consider trading Brandon Phillips now more than ever.  If the result is freeing up so more cash to sign other players, and possibly bring back several young prospects, you must consider it at least.

Jay Bruce has also been trending up on his numbers (could be a NL MVP candidate himself) and doesn’t  get paid a king’s ransom over the next four year – where he will make about $50 MIL.

Competing in a Division with the Cardinals, the Reds will have to replenish outgoing players with their own talent, so that they can keep salaries down.

Contract Outlook From 2014 – 2016

Reds Payroll
POS Reds Pitcher EXP Age 2014 Payroll 2015 Payroll 2016 Payroll
SP1 Johnny Cueto 6 27 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 FA
SP2- Mike Leake 4 26 $5,900,000 ARB3 FA
SP3- Homer Bailey 6 27 $8,000,000 $9,000,000 $18,000,000
SP4- Mat Latos 4 26 $7,250,000 ARB3 FA
SP5- Tony Cingrani 0 24 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3 ARB1
SPS- Alfredo Simon 8 32 $1,500,000 ARB3 FA
RHMR- Sam LeCure 6 30 $3,050,000 $1,200,000 $1,850,000
RHMR- Curtis Partch 4 26 NON-ARB1 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3
LHMR-
RHSU- J.J. Hoover 2 26 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3 ARB1
RHSU- Logan Ondrusek 6 29 $1,350,000 ARB2 ARB3
LHSU- Manny Parra 6 31 $2,000,000 $3,500,000 FA
LHSU- Sean Marshall 7 31 $5,500,000 $6,500,000 FA
CL- Nick Christiani 1 26 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3 ARB1
CL- Aroldis Chapman 3 25 $5,708,000 $7,708,333
CL- Jonathan Broxton 8 29 $7,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000
POS Reds Position Players EXP AGE 2014 SALARY 2015 SALARY 2016 SALARY
C-
1B- Joey Votto 6 31 $12,000,000 $14,000,000 $20,000,000
2B- Brandon Phillips 9 33 $11,000,000 $12,000,000 $13,000,000
SS- Zack Cozart 4 29 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
3B- Todd Frazier 4 28 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
LF- Ryan Ludwick 9 34 $8,500,000 $9,000,000
CF- Billy Hamilton 2 23 NON-ARB1 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3
RF- Jay Bruce 5 27 $10,041,866 $12,041,000 $12,541,666
C- Brayan Pena 8 32 SIGNED SIGNED FA
C- Devin Mesoraco 4 26 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
1B- Neftali Soto 4 24 NON-ARB1 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3
3B- Jack Hannahan 9 33 $2,000,000 $4,000,000
UTL- Skip Schumaker 7 32 $2,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000
UTL- Ramon Santiago 8 34 $1,000,000 FA
OF- Derrick Robinson 5 25 FA NON-ARB3 ARB1
OF- Chris Heisey 4 30 $1,760,000 ARB2 ARB3
Budget 2014 Payroll 2015 Payroll 2016 Payroll
$ Signed So far $105,559,866 $100,449,333 $76,891,666
The Cincinnati Reds are coming off of a heartbreaking season, losing in the one game playoff to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They finished third in the National League Central after winning the division in 2012. Manager Dusty Baker has been fired so Brian Price is next guy to take this team to the promise land. The Reds will most lost Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo to free agency, and will use Billy Hamilton in center field and Tony Cingrani for the spot in rotation 2014. The next two years the team is mostly going to remain intact, before team salaries escalate to the point where they start losing players in 2016.

The Cincinnati Reds are coming off of a heartbreaking season, losing in the one game playoff to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They finished third in the National League Central after winning the division in 2012. Manager Dusty Baker has been fired so Brian Price is next guy to take this team to the promise land. The Reds will most lost Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo to free agency, and will use Billy Hamilton in center field and Tony Cingrani for the spot in rotation 2014. The next two years the team is mostly going to remain intact, before team salaries escalate to the point where they start losing players in 2016.

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About chuckbooth3023

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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