The Detroit Tigers Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward Updated Mar.09/13
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I believe that the Tigers are set up for a solid run as a perennial playoff contender, yet the club needs a small face change in order to get back to the dance in 2013. I honestly was stunned to see Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Delmon Young and Jose Valverde all play at the type of body structure they possess during the Post Season.
If you saw these guys in a bowling alley, the words ‘World Class Athlete’ would definitely not enter a conversation amongst strangers who were trying to sum them up. Baseball is a game that your body type doesn’t hold you back, however when you have multiple heavy players on offense, it really clogs up the base paths. While watching Game #4 was about the time I started to change my opinion on the state of the game needing to be more athletic.
Fielder and Cabrera may be the best 3-4 tandem in the Major Leagues now. The Tigers can definitely weather these two guys in the lineup even though they jam the teams ability for base running. The key is to build a bunch of ‘Road Runners’ around them. I like Austin Jackson, Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks all being in the lineup to help the speed factor.
Also with Victor Martinez coming back in 2013, the team has one of the best Designated Hitters in baseball back in the fold. Then the team brought in classy veteran Torii Hunter (after inking him to a 2 YR/$26 MIL Contract. This shows how urgent it is for the organization to cash in a World Series with their roster.)
Torii Hunter Highlights – Explicit Language is used so Parental Guidance is advised:
Detroit may play in the weakest division in baseball now. Other than the Chicago White Sox, the team doesn’t have to worry about any one matching them for payroll spending. So the Motown boys will always have the upper hand in the division. There are a pile of young players in the system under club control.
If I were them, I would also dangle Brennan Boesch to see if there are any teams that would like to pick up his services. The Tigers should be seeking some more relief pitching in return. Jim Leyland is coming back for his 8th year at the helm for the Tigers. He will still be searching for the teams 1st World Series since 1984.
The Tigers are in decent shape (payroll wise) for the next 2 years before Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez become Free Agents in 2015. After that year, Miguel Cabrera will still only be 32 – when he signs his next contact in the MLB before the 2016 year.. The 2012 Triple Crown Winner will command the upper echelon dollars on the market.
The Tigers may be forced to make a decision by 2015 on whether they can afford to sign one of the best hitters in this generation or keep the best pitcher in this generation. With Verlander and him having to re-sign in back to back years, chances are the club may have to choose one or the other.
Detroit Tigers Payroll 2013 in Millions Signed Players:
Prince Fielder 1B: (23.0) (Signed thru 2020, Free Agent in 2021) Fielder is money in the bank for about a .300 AVG with 30 HRs and 100 RBI every year. I would love to see him produce in the playoffs. He will probably have a better season in 2013 with Victor Martinez providing protection for him in the 5 hole. This is the last year he makes $23 MIL, from 2014 – 2020, the big man will make $24 MIL for every campaign until Age 36.
Miguel Cabrera 3B/DH: (21.0) (Signed through 2015, Free Agent on 2016.) Miguel Cabrera has been trending upwards every year since he came into the Majors in 2003. With Martinez coming back to full-time DH, Cabrera will probably keep at 3rd Base for at least the next few years. Cabrera is the best pure right-handed hitter in the Majors. He will drive in 120 RBI and hit 35+ HRs in his sleep next year. The reigning Triple Crown Winner in the AL will make $22 MIL in both 2014 and 2015.
Justin Verlander SP: (20.1) (Signed through 2014, Free Agent in 2015.) At 20 Million Dollars Per Year, Verlander at least gives 225+ IP every year and should be good for 17-20 wins a year. The club needs to capitalize on him being on the club with Fielder and Cabrera, before Verlander becomes the highest paid pitcher in baseball for 2015. The man is 78-31 in the last 4 years. He only gets stronger each year.
Victor Martinez C/DH: (13.0) (Signed through 2014, Free Agent in 2015.) The Tigers are almost going to receive a Free Agent signing with Martinez coming back to the lineup in 2013. In 2011, he hit .330 with 12 HRs and 103 RBI in 144 Games for the Detroit club. He is a .303 Career Hitter and should see full-time action as the clubs Designated Hitter. I would rank him the 2nd best at the position in the Major Leagues to David Ortiz. The man will make $12 MIL in 2014.
Torii Hunter OF: (12.0) Hunter was a good 2 Year Deal for the Tigers. He will probably not duplicate his 2012 season – .313/.365/.817 – with 16 HRs and 92 RBI. He will fan over 125 times. He will be a good #2 – and can really smash a fastball pitch, something he will see a lot more of, with Cabrera and Fielder trailing him in the lineup. Hunter makes $14 MIL in 2014.
Anibal Sanchez SP: (8.8) This contract may come back to bite the franchise long – term. His contract jumps to $15.8 MIL in 2014, before $16.8 MIL for every year between 2015 – 2017. The club holds a Team Option for 2018 for another $16.0 MIL. The player receives a $5 MIL Buyout if declined. $80 MIL for 5 years or $91 MIL for 6 years is jacked up for a guy is 48 – 51 (.485) with a 3.74 Lifetime ERA.
Jhonny Peralta SS: (6.0) (Signed though 2013, Free Agent in 2014.) Peralta dipped a lot in his 2012 year (.239 – 13 HRs and 63 RBI) compared to his 2011 season in which he hit .299 with 21 HRs and 86 RBI. As a .264 hitter lifetime, the Tigers would gladly take this with his .750 OPS. At 1 year left on his contract, the Tigers may have to replace him in 2014.
Joaquin Benoit RP: (5.5) (Signed through 2013, Free Agent in 2014.) Benoit has appeared in 64 games or more in the last 3 years. The guy has definite hit and miss stuff. He is a great 7th/8th inning set up guy.
Omar Infante 3B/2B: (4.0) (Signed through 2013, Free Agent in 2014.) Infante hit .257 with 4 HRs and 20 RBI after coming over from the Marlins. The more important facet of his game is his defense at second base. Infante also hit .300 in the post season and is a decent contact hitter.
Octavio Dotel RP: (3.5) Signed through 2013, Free Agent in 2014.) Octavio Dotel owns the career record for teams played for in 13. With Detroit last year, he went 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 62 SO in 57 IP. With 109 Career Saves, Dotel is also a great emergency guy to close out games. Dotel has also appeared in 26 games in the post season. He is perfect for the Detroit Tigers.
Ramon Santiago SS/2B: (2.1) Signed through 2013, Free Agent in 2014) Santiago is an all-defense replacement player and can back up Peralta and Infante in 2013.
Total Payroll for these 11 Signed Players equals 119.0 Million Dollars.
Players no longer on the 2013 Club, Still on the Payroll for any reason ($ in MIL.)
Brandon Inge 3B: (500 K) As part of the payout for his outright release.
Total Payroll After this Category (2.9) is: 118.9 Million Dollars.
Max Scherzer SP: (6.8) Arbitration Eligible again in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015. Scherzer was filthy dominant in the second half of his 2012 Campaign where he went 16-7 (.696) with 3.74 ERA for the entire year. From the ALL-Star Game on he went 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA. As a #2 in the rotation, Scherzer is likely to receive a heavy pay raise in Arbitration again next year.
Rick Porcello SP: (5.1) Is a ‘Super 2 Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2015 and is a Free Agent in 2016. At a career record of 48-42 with a 4.55 ERA, Porcello had been the benefactor of lots of run support in his career. His WHIP has gone up in four straight years (1.34, 1.39, 1.41 to 1.53 in 2012.) Look for the team to try to trade him for a Left handed Starter or reliever in return.
Doug Fister SP: (4.0) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016. Fister is 18-11 with a 2.91 ERA in his young Tigers career. He will also receive a nice pay raise. He is a quality #3 pitcher.)
Austin Jackson CF: (3.5) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016. Jackson continues to improve on his numbers every year. He hit .300 in 2013, with an OPS of .856, 55 XBH and he scored 103 Runs despite missing 25 games. Jackson should be locked up to a long-term deal whenever the club can do it.
Alex Avila C: (3.0) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016. Avila saw a bit of a slow-down in 2012 with an OPS of .736 compared to his 2011 OPS of .895. He will likely receive another big bump in salary for 2014 – and is worth it. He handles the pitchers very well. Hitting catchers are still at a premium in this game.
Brennan Boesch RF/DH: (2.4) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016. Boesch is an all or nothing player that has a Career OBP of .315. I don’t think the Tigers should have him in their long-term plans. He should be trade-bait.
Phil Coke RP: (1.9) Arbitration Eligible again in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015. Phil Coke performed admirably well in the regular and Post Season during the 2012 year. I like him as the primary Left Handed Pitcher out of the pen. He may be the clubs Closer and stand to make a hefty pay-raise in 2014 Arbitration.
Total for these 9 players projects out to be 26.7 Million Dollars in Player Salary for 2013
This brings the total to for after this category equals 148.6 Million.
Pre-Arbitration Eligible and Major League Minimum Contracts:
Alberto Alburquerque RP: (495 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017. This guy has electric stuff. He is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 85 SO in 56.2 IP for his career.
Andy Dirks OF: (485 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018. Dirks is perfect for the top of the Tigers Lineup and to assume a spot in the OF. He scored 55 runs in just 88 Games with a .857 OPS.
Danny Worth 2B/3B/SS: (482 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017. Worth will be a back up infielder on the team.
Duane Below SP/RP: (482 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018. Duane Below might have been more valuable if the club didn’t resign Sanchez. Nevertheless, he is an option if injuries occur in the Bullpen or Starting Rotation.
Luke Putkonen RP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019 . He will be behind a lot of other relief pitchers. Putkonen should see more seasoning in the minors.
Quintin Berry LF/CF: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019. Quintin Berry scored 44 runs in 291 AB and stole 21 bases during the 2012 year. He should start the year in the OF with Jackson and Dirks.
Casey Crosby SP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019. As another Lefty, he may get the chance to pitch some for the Tigers in 2013.
Avisail Garcia RF : (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019. Garcia might do better to see some more time in the minors. However, if Dirks or Berry struggle, he may be an option.
Luis Marte RP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019.
Drew Smyly RP/SP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019. Smyly is a lock for the Starting Pitching Rotation as the only Left Handed pitcher under contract for 2013.
Tyler Stohr RP: (480 K) Entry Level contract with no Major League Experience Yet.
Jose Ortega RP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.
Bryan Holaday C: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.
Brayan Villarreal RP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018. Villarreal is yet another Right-Handed Reliever with a solid future.
Hernan Perez 2B/PH/PR: Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.
Darin Downs RP: (480 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019. . He is another Lefty that could come out of the pen.
Total Salaries for these players equals 9.0 Million and brings up the total payroll to 157.0 Million.
Final Thoughts Going Forward;
The Detroit Tigers will have a 2 – 3 Year window with the current roster to take down a World Championship. Once Verlander comes up for renewal in 2015 – nothing is guaranteed. The man is talking about a $200 MIL deal already. The time to win for Detroit is in 2013 and 2014. They should spend as much as they can to secure it. Being in the AL Central affords them the chance to outspend everyone – while the AL West and AL East beat up each other in Divisional Play. Is there more of a lock than the Tigers to win Division this year?? Whether or not they can get back to the World Series in 2013 is another question.
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