Oakland Athletics Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

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

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Billy Beane is a master tactician when it comes to freeing up some cash in order to acquire more players.

Oakland ended last year with a payroll of about $70 MIL.  So far this offseason, the A’s GM has picked up several relief pitchers and also signed Scott Kazmir to a 2 YR deal worth $22 MIL.

The team also said goodbye to Bartolo Colon,(who signed with the Mets for a 2 YRs/$20 MIL deal).

Beane has held a fantastic track record of assessing talent, so don’t be surprised if the stocky 40 year old breaks down in the Mets uniform – and not under the A’s watch.

The club also extended Coco Crisp for the 2015 and 2016 seasons yesterday. That deal is also worth 2 YRs/$22.75 MIL.

The majority of the club is now signed through this year and next.

Only 4 players are Unrestricted Free Agents after this year.  RP Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson will be on the open market in 2015, but their roles can be dutifully filled be members on the current squad.

Alberto Callaspo and Jed Lowrie will also be free and clear to sign anywhere else past this campaign.

The club has Hiroyuki Nakajima toiling in the Minors right now, and will pay him $3.125 MIL to do so.  Look for them not to pick up his 2015 Club Option for $5.5 MIL.

The 2014 campaign could be the teams best chance to compete with the current roster.  14 players are eligible for Arbitration in 2015, and the club simply can’t afford to retain everyone.

Look for the management to trade a couple of guys for potentially more team controllable players that are infielders.

The biggest skill that Beane continues to do is draft pitchers well, while also pulling off great trades to stockpile even more arms.

Other than Kazmir, no Staring Pitcher is even making more than an entry level contract in 2014.  This gives the GM flexibility to spend money on position players.

Another under the radar move this winter, was signing Eric O’Flaherty.  The veteran LHP underwent Tommy John Surgery, and likely will pitch in only half the season, but he is being paid for the 2015 year.

By then, either Sean Dolittle or Ryan Cook may possibly take over as Closer, so he will be a great setup man.

The A’s will teeter between the $70 – $80 MIL mark.  Lets hope their attendance at Coliseum continues to rise, and that this franchise may eventually see light in a new baseball stadium.

Yoenis Cespedes is also a Free Agent in the 2016 season, so Beane may have to trade him in the next 2 years – if they can’t come to terms on an extension.

A lot of the big Cuban re-signing may depend on whether they can put the shovel in the ground for a new ballpark.

It would be a shame if Cespedes moved onto another club, but this is the same fate as players like: Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Eric Chavez, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder have done in previous years.

If I were an A’s fan, I would have the ultimate faith in Beane to keep “baseball rounding”.  He is the king of acquiring assets without sacrificing much in return.

It is the team’s depth from such moves – that enables Beane to trade for other pieces needed along the way!

Team Payroll 2014 – 2018.

Player 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Yoenis Cespedes 10,500,000 10,500,000 UFA
Jim Johnson 10,000,000 UFA
Scott Kazmir 9,000,000 13,000,000 UFA
Coco Crisp
7,500,000 11,000,000 11,000,000 13,000,000 UFA
Jed Lowrie 5,250,000 UFA
Luke Gregerson 5,065,000 UFA
Alberto Callaspo 4,875,000 UFA
Brandon Moss 4,100,000 ARB ARB
Hiroyuki Nakajima 3,125,000 5,500,000 UFA
Nick Punto 2,750,000 2,750,000 UFA
John Jaso 2,300,000 ARB
Brett Anderson 2,000,000
Eric O”Flaherty 1,500,000 5,500,000 UFA
Chris Young 1,500,000
Daric Barton 1,250,000 ARB
Craig Gentry 1,145,000 ARB ARB
Jesse Chavez 775,000 ARB ARB
Kurt Suzuki 650,000
Fernando Rodrguez 600,000 ARB ARB ARB
Dan Otero
A.J. Griffin
Derek Norris
Chris Gimenez ARB ARB ARB UFA
Josh Reddick ARB ARB ARB UFA
Nate Freiman
Sean Doolittle
Josh Donaldson
Evan Scribner ARB ARB ARB UFA
Tommy Milone ARB ARB ARB UFA
Drew Pomeranz
Josh Lindblom ARB ARB ARB UFA
Jarrod Parker ARB ARB ARB UFA
Fernando Abad UFA

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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 . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at

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