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The Milwaukee Brewers Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

Ramirez has 786 Extra Base Hits by the age of 34 - including 80 last year in 2011 (1st in the NL) and managed another 30 XBH this past year.  However the long time veteran has been battling knee problems for years, and it sidelined him for 70 games during the 2013 season.  The Brew Crew desperately needs a healthy campaign in 2014 out of him, as he is the highest paid player of the club at $16 MIL next year.

Ramirez had 786 Extra Base Hits by the age of 34 – including 80 of them in 2011 (1st in the NL) and managed another 30 XBH this past year – in just 304 AB. However the long time veteran has been battling knee problems for years, and it sidelined him for 70 games during the 2013 year. The Brew Crew desperately needs a healthy campaign in 2014 out of him, as he is the highest paid player of the club at $16 MIL next year.  Ramirez has a 2015 Mutual Option for $14 MIL – with a $4 MIL Buyout, so he is looking to have a productive year for sure. At 816 Extra Base Hits for his Career – he also has an outside shot at 1000 for his time in the MLB.  He may be better suited to DH in the AL going forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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It wasn’t so long ago that the Brewers carried Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Zack Greinke on the same squad.

The 2013 season represented the worst year Milwaukee has seen since Braun entered the league.  It also featured several Brewers players fighting the injury plague, or having career worst years.

I guess asking Aramis Ramirez to play consecutive healthy seasons was too much ask?

The team’s attendance also dropped another 300K+ – and finished 9th overall for the NL. 

But who could blame them when their superstar took a 65 game suspension – and was drinking Pina Colada’s in Hawaii – while his team suffered in Wisconsin?

Gomez And Lohse Shine 7/24/2013

Rickie Weeks signed a 4 YR/$38.5 MIL contract before play in 2011.  He hit a career worst .209/.306/.663 - with 10 HRs and 24 RBI in 399 AB for 2013.  He stands to make $11 MIL in 2014.

Rickie Weeks signed a 4 YR/$38.5 MIL contract before play in 2011. He hit a career worst .209/.306/.663 – with 10 HRs and 24 RBI in 355 AB for 2013. He stands to make $11 MIL in 2014.  There is also a Team Option in 2015 for $11.5 MIL, but the club will likely void that – because the 2B needs 801 PA’s in 2014 to even qualify for that.

The club actually made its best roster movement just before the 2013 season started – by locking up Free Agent Kyle Lohse to a 3 YR/$33 MIL deal.  He rewarded them with a great season ERA wise, and has guided the young rotation.

Rickie Weeks continues to just hurt this team by his abysmal play, and now he makes $12 MIL in 2014.

The team was smart enough to lock up Carlos Gomez to a 3 YR/$24 MIL extension that runs from 2014 – 2016.  Smart move by a guy quickly being recognized as one of the best all around players in the NL.

The club will also have to endure the Aramis Ramirez contract for 2014, as he collects $16 MIL (or about double what he is worth).  They just hope to have him stay healthy.

Should Ryan Braun be a Brewer in 2014, his salary is actually quite favorable – as it only calls for a stipend of $10 MIL for 2014, and even his 2015 bounty of $12 MIL is not earth shattering either.

Beyond that year, his contract runs from 2016 – 2020 – with $19 MIL being the hit per annum,

The franchise also looks smart to have signed Jonathan Lucroy all the way to potentially 2017.  He will make $2.1 MIL in 2014, and his cash will escalate by about $1 MIL per year to carry him through.

Don’t count on this team spending much more money than this.  The Wild Card of course, is if the team trades some players away.

Yovani Gallardo will see his salary jump from $7.75 MIL in 2013, to $11.25, but he will have to pitch great in order for the club to pick up his 2015 Team Option of $13 MIL.  He is also trade bait.

The Brewers should project out to have about a $85 – $90 MIL to start the year, but don’t be surprised if Gallardo, Braun and Ramirez are moved out by the Trading Deadline.

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
2B Rickie Weeks 11,000,000 12,000,000 11,500,000 UFA
1B/LF Corey Hart 10,333,333 UFA
3B Aramis Ramirez 10,000,000 16,000,000 4,000,000 Team Option UFA
SP Yovani Gallardo 8,000,000 11,500,000 13,000,000 UFA
CF Carlos Gomez 4,300,000 7,000,000 8,000,000 9,000,000 UFA
Kyle Lohse at 4,000,000 11,000,000 11,000,000 UFA
RP Tom Gorzelanny 2,750,000 2,950,000 UFA
SP Mike Gonzalez 2,250,000 UFA
SP Marco Estrada 1,955,000 ARB ARB
RP Burke Badenhop 1,550,000 ARB
OF Norichika Aoki 1,250,000 1,500,000
SS Yuniesky Betancourt 900,000 UFA
C Jonathan Lucroy 850,000 2,100,000 3,100,000 4,100,000 5,250,000
RP Alfredo Figaro 575,000
1B Juan Francisco 496,250 ARB ARB ARB ARB
C Martin Maldonado 494,000
RP Jim Henderson 492,000
SS Jean Segura 492,000
RP Brandon Kintzler 491,000 ARB ARB ARB
3B Taylor Green 491,000
RP Mark Rogers 491,000
SP Wily Peralta 490,000
LF Logan Schafer 490,000
RP Tyler Thornburg 0
RP Miguel De Los Santos
RP:Santo Manzanillo
OF Ryan Braun 10,000,000 12,000,000 19,000,000 19,000,000 19,000,000
RP Johnny Hellweg
Buyouts
SP Randy Wolf 1,500,000
The Brewers last made the playoffs in 2011 - losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, after they also made the Post Season in 2008.  They haven't made the World Series since 1982.  The best players of this club are the younger players on the squad.  Don't be surprised if they turnover all of the Veterans, (they may keep Braun and Lohse), and work their way back up with a nucleus of Segura, Gomez, Lucroy and a couple of Veterans.

The Brewers last made the playoffs in 2011 – losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, after they also made the Post Season in 2008. They haven’t made the World Series since 1982. The best players of this club are the younger players on the squad. Don’t be surprised if they turnover all of the Veterans, (they may keep Braun and Lohse), and work their way back up with a nucleus of Segura, Gomez, Lucroy and a couple of Veterans.

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