Oakland A’s Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going FWD: Updated For Trade Deadline Deals

Part of the lure in acquiring Samardzija was that he had 1 year left of Arbitration.  He will likely cost in the $12 - 15 MIL range for 2015.  He tops the list of several A's players that will be ARB eligible in 2015 like Moss, Donaldson, Cook, Parker, Jaso, Reddick and Gentry.  While the club is going for it in 2014, there unloading of Cespdes's $10.5 MIL 2015 salary will be used to pay these guys raises.  Some of the club will be traded or released.  The A's should still have about $25 MIL to spend on 7 or 8 guys next year.  Their $95 MIL payroll in 2014 is their highest ever recorded for any one year.

Part of the lure in acquiring Samardzija was that he had 1 year left of Arbitration. He will likely cost in the $12 – 15 MIL range for 2015. He tops the list of several A’s players that will be ARB eligible in 2015 like Moss, Donaldson, Cook, Parker, Jaso, Reddick and Gentry. While the club is going for it in 2014, there unloading of Cespdes’s $10.5 MIL 2015 salary will be used to pay these guys raises. Some of the club will be traded or released. The A’s should still have about $25 MIL to spend on 7 or 8 guys next year. Their $95 MIL projected payroll in 2014 is their highest ever recorded for any one year.

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Wow.  What a roster that has been assembled by Billy Beane in the last 30 days or so.

Make no bones about it, the reason the Money Ball GM was able to this was one from depth strength – coupled with being the master of financial flexibility.

We all know that the A’s have shied away from giving long term pitching contracts, or heck, from lucrative long contracts to positional players.

Ever since the team offered Jermaine Dye a big deal at the time, only to see his production fall off, then to be resurrected in other uniforms, did the management learn to ply their craft.

The team also doled out megabucks for Eric Chavez after that, then to watch him suffer through countless injuries.

Players like Nick Swisher, Miguel Tejada, Johnny Damon, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder have left the nest to make fortunes in other locations.

Beane made off like a bandit dealing Rich Harden before he eventually broke down.  Oh yeah, the GM received Josh Donaldson for that trade.

It has been a brass that sees about 50 roster transactions every year.  The key is to always sell high, and mix in the right amount of Free Agent veterans.

All of that ‘baseball rounding’ afforded the “Moneyball” GM to go for it this year.

Beane knows how to run his payroll with not much room to maneuver.  In the last year he has rebuilt 70% of his Pitching Rotation, and all of this was able to do with his club's depth.  The payroll wouldn't have escalated if Griffin and Parker went out with season ending TJ surgeries.

Beane knows how to run his payroll with not much room to maneuver. In the last year he has rebuilt 70% of his Pitching Rotation, and all of this was able to do with his club’s depth. The payroll wouldn’t have escalated if Griffin and Parker went out with season ending TJ surgeries.  The A’s brass realizes the chance to win is in 2014 and 2015, before all the core guys hit Arbitration or Free Agency.  That is the defining characteristic behind pushing all chips in right now!

Aside from the $10 MIL the club is eating with the disaster that was Jim Johnson, the payroll is filled with guys that are playing beyond their value.

Another reason for trading Cespedes, is how many guys are available for Arbitration in 2015, and will receive big cash contracts.

The #1 guy on that list is Jeff Samardzija, who will be granted between $12 – $15 MIL for 2015.

As of right now, there are only a few guys with deals for next season with guaranteed cash. Kazmir makes $13 MIL, Crisp is at $11 MIL, O’Flaherty is at $5.5 MIL, and Doolittle is at 780K.

That’s 30.3 MIL for four guys

With Samardzija on the books, I expect the club to bow out of Nick Punto‘s $2.75 MIL option, and opt for the 250K Buyout.

Moss will likely be in the $7 – $9 MIL range with the 30 HRs plus he will bang out next season.

$19 – $23 MIL for Samardzija and Moss takes you up to $49.3 MIL – $53.3 MIL

Reddick you could probably add $4 MIL. Jaso stands to net about the same. ($57.3 MIL – $61.3 MIL for now 8 guys)

Sogard will be lucky to be retained by the club for the 850K to $1 MIL he will be due for ARB.

Gentry will see a slight bump between $1.5 MIL to $2 MIL. ($58.5 MIL – $63.3 MIL for 9 players)

Otero, Vogt, Gray, Norris, Griffin and Pomeranz will be around the league minimum.   ($61.5 MIL for 15 guys.)

I think the club will walk away from Kyle Blanks too.

Donaldson should make 10 times what he hauled in for 2014, so look at about $5 MIL. ($66.5 MIL for 16 guys)

Cook should see a bump to between $1.5 MIL and $2 MIL, and so should Parker, (even though he didn’t chuck in 2014) ($68 MIL for 17 guys).

Fuld will likely be gone too, as I see the club using Billy Burns in his role.

If Beane matches the 2014 payroll of $95 MIL, he will have $27 MIL for about the last 8 guys on his roster.

There will be holes to fill at SS/2B and a new LF will be needed.

With Moss and Reddick accompanying Crisp for the starting OF in 2015, perhaps the club will spend money on a DH/1B type in 2015 like an Adam Dunn.

Expiring contracts (Free Agents after this year – 2014)

Jim Johnson, 31, RP:  $10 MIL.

Jon Lester, 30, SP: $4 MIL for 2 months.

Jason Hammel, 31, SP: $2.8 MIL for 3 months.

Yoenis Cespedes, 28, OF:  Was traded, but the club paid him about $7.26 MIL for the year.

Jed Lowrie, 30, INF:  $5.25 MIL

Luke Gregerson, 31, RP: $5.08 MIL

Alberto Callaspo, 31, INF; $4.875 MIL

Tommy Milone, 27, SP: $352K of his  $510K of his salary will be charged to A’s/

Kurt Suzuki, 31, C:  Dead money of $650 K

Sam Fuld, 32, OF:  $247K of his $800K paid by A’s in 2 stints

Brett Anderson, 26, SP:  The club ate $2.0 MIL.

Signed players to multi years

Scott Kazmir, 30, SP:  The Lefty makes $9 MIL this season, and $13 MIL in 2015.

Nick Punto,36, UT:  $2.75 MIL this year, 2015 salary calls for $2.75 MIL or Buyout of 250K

Eric O’Flaherty, 29, RP:  The veteran southpaw earns $1.5 MIL this season and $5.5 MIL in 2015.

Sean Doolittle, 27, CL:  The new Closer makes $505K in 2014, $780K in 2015, $1.58 MIL in 2016 or $2.63 MIL in 2017, $4.38 MIL in 2018, plus there is a Team Option in 2019 for $6 MIL (or 500K Buyout), and 2020 carries a Team Option of $6.5 MIL, (500 K Buyout, only if he finishes 100 games in 2018 and 2019.

Doolittle’s salary if he is granted extra year of Arbitration, 2015: $1.43 MIL, 2016:  $2.48 MIL, 2017: $3.68 MIL and 2018, $5.03 MIL.

All of those numbers are contingent if he is granted extra year of ARB in 2014.

Coco Crisp, 34, CF:  $7.5 MIL this year, $11 MIL in both years of 2015 and 2016.

Hiroyuki Nakajima, 32, INF:  Are paying him $3.125 MIL to play in Minors, and 5.5 MIL in 2015.  Maybe he can make a contribution this year or next.

Arbitration Eligible Players for 2015 (contracts for 2014)

Jeff Samardzija, 29, SP:  $2.5 MIL for 3 months.  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015, and should land between $12 – $15 MIL for 2015.

Josh Donaldson, 28, 3B:  500 K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2018, Free Agent iin 2019.

Jarrod Parker, 25, SP:  500K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.

Ryan Cook, 27, RP:  505K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.

Eric Sogard, 28, INF: 510K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.

Craig Gentry, 30, CF: $1.145 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.

Kyle Blanks, 27, 1B/OF/DH:  700K of 988K paid by Oakland in 2014, Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016.

Brandon Moss, 30, RF/1B:  $4.1 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.

Josh Reddick, 27, OF: $2.7 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.

John Jaso, 30, C/DH:  $2.3 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016.

Jesse Chavez, 30, SP:  775K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.

Fernando Abad, 28, RP:  526K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.

Entry Level Deals, Non – Arbitration Eligible in 2015

Stephen Vogt, 29, C:  505K:  , Arbitration Eligible from 2017 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.

Derek Norris, 25, C: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.

Sonny Gray, 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2017 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.

Dan Otero, 29, RP: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.

Drew Pomeranz, 25, SP: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.

A.J. Griffin, 26, SP:  505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.

Totals around $93 MIL with signing bonuses, DFA’d players, it comes to around $95 MIL for 2014.

The Athletics don't make too many mistakes when it comes to doling out money for deals.  Among them in 2014, are $3.125 MIL to MiLB INF Hiroyuki Nakajima, and $10 MIL to Closer Jim Johnson.  Despite that fact, the $95 MIL spent on this year's budget still puts them in the bottom half for team payroll.  Smartly, no one is owed more than $22.75 MIL beyond 2014 on guaranteed deals (Crisp for 2015 and 2016, with a 750 K Buyout if he vests his 2017 deal - and the club withdraws the $13 MIL Mutual Option).  Not having hoards of money on long term deals keeps this club flexible.

The Athletics don’t make too many mistakes when it comes to doling out money for deals. Among them in 2014, are $3.125 MIL to MiLB INF Hiroyuki Nakajima, and $10 MIL to Closer Jim Johnson. Despite that fact, the $95 MIL spent on this year’s budget still puts them in the bottom half for team payroll. Smartly, no one is owed more than $22.75 MIL beyond 2014 on guaranteed deals (Crisp for 2015 and 2016, with a 750 K Buyout if he vests his 2017 deal – and the club withdraws the $13 MIL Mutual Option). Not having hoards of money on long term deals keeps this club flexible.

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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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