Los Angeles Angels Payroll in 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

The Angels have needs at Catcher, 3B, 2B and an OF spot. They have great depth in the Pitching Rotation, however are bogged down by the Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson costing them a combined $40 MIL. Add in $30 MIL in buyout/dead money and the team will have a tough time competing in 2016 without nearing $200 MIL in total team payroll.

The Angels have needs at Catcher, 3B, 2B and a OF spot. They have great depth in the Pitching Rotation, however are bogged down by the Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson costing them a combined $40 MIL. Add in $30 MIL in buyout/dead money and the team will have a tough time competing in 2016 without nearing $200 MIL in total team payroll.

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The Halo’s will reel from the Josh Hamilton contract for a few more years, however they will see C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver come off the books for 2017. But that also leaves a massive void in a Starter staff.

Mike Scioscia needs all sorts of help on offense and defense to compete in the AL West, but they should really try to solidify the Starting Staff for future years.

I would try for one legitimate ace, and then I would go after 1B/OF and AL HR king Chris Davis.

It is time for Albert Pujols to retire to a permanent DH like David Ortiz.  Having a legitimate 1B like Davis to sneak in between Trout and Pujols would be dynamite.  All 3 guys could club 35+ HRs and Davis and Trout may near 45 again each.

Braves infielder Andrelton Simmons 1st showed his power playing for the Netherlands in the WBC. He then stretched to Atlanta in 2012 belting 17 HRs and adding 33 other Extra Base Hits. He signed a 7 YRs/$58 MIL pact with the franchise. He is one of the best defensive players in the game of baseball. Simmons is still owed 5 Years and $53 MIL now for the Halo's after they acquired him last week. Picking up this guy was essential as the club had no Starting Infield or Catcher past 2016 if you move Albert Pujols to a permanent DH following his foot surgery.

Braves infielder Andrelton Simmons 1st showed his power playing for the Netherlands in the WBC. He then stretched to Atlanta in 2012 belting 17 HRs and adding 33 other Extra Base Hits. He signed a 7 YRs/$58 MIL pact with the franchise. He is one of the best defensive players in the game of baseball. Simmons is still owed 5 Years and $53 MIL now for the Halo’s after they acquired him last week. Picking up this guy was essential as the club had no Starting Infield or Catcher past 2016 if you move Albert Pujols to a permanent DH following his foot surgery.

Especially having Davis to come into First Base for the first 4 – 6 weeks while Pujols recovers from foot surgery is not a bad idea.

The club has enough at the top of the lineup with Kole Calhoun.

C.J. Cron could also spend some time on 1B, or maybe might a great trade chip to net some middle infielder prospects in return.

The club last week was without a Starting Second Baseman or Third Baseman, and Aybar is in the was in the last year of his deal.

Bringing on Andrelton Simmons is a pricey venture at 5 more years and $53 MIL left on his deal, however this guy is about as elite as they come to a defender. Again, you don’t know who else is coming into the fold after this.

Yes, Ben Zobrist would be perfect for this club.

As crazy as it sounds, the team should also work on re-signing 3B David Freese.  The 3B cupboards are barren in this year’s Free Agent pool.  Freese made a shade over $6 MIL last year, and maybe the club can get him on a slight raise for a couple of years.

The franchise’s bench was abhorrent to some of the decent play by the Starting Positional players.  The team should spend some cash on that this year.

The Angels are routinely in the top 5 for attendance in the MLB since they won the World Series, however a drop back in the standings should be alarming to the management heading forward.

Matt Shoemaker and Garrett Richards need to be their 2014 selves, while the club could benefit from some production once Tyler Skaggs comes back from Tommy John Surgery.

These guys coupled with Hector Santiago and Andrew Heaney are the core going past this year.  Really with Wilson and Weaver under deals for one more year the team can’t afford to bring in much in the forms of Starting Pitchers without upsetting the apple cart.

Arte Moreno will likely have to let his new GM Billy Eppler go over the Luxury Tax Threshold for 2016 if his team wants to compete for a championship.

Really love the move for Simmons, yet the team needs plenty of Free Agents to sign if they plan on being a World Title contender, and would need all Pitching Staff members to be money in the bank.

If the Halos falter through the Trade deadline in 2016, and it is a disaster of a year, they have Wilson. Weaver, Huston Street and Joe Smith Salas and Ramos to trade as valuable trade chips out of their Relief Core.

I still love the idea of Cron playing OF and only a bit of 1B.  His emergence could save the club from spending some initial dollars to begin the season provided they bring another player at 1B/DH.

Guaranteed Contracts/POS/AGE:

Albert Pujols 1B (36):  Pujols will make $165 MIL over the next 6 years and it breaks down with him making $25 MIL in 2016 – to an increase of $1 MIL per for the next 5 years after that.

Mike Trout CF (24):  The 5 year extension he signed over and above the Arbitration Award he won will kick in.  Guy makes $16.1 MIL in 2016, 20.1 MIL in 2017 – before he pole vaults up to $34 MIL a year between 2018 – 2020.  Trout will hit the open market in 2021 at Age 29.

Andrelton Simmons SS (26:  Another reason Los Angeles needs to sign a couple of offensive sabermetric bats is because of this guy earning $53 MIL over the next 5 campaigns.

It goes $6 MIL in 2016, $8 MIL in 2017,$11 MIL in 2018, $13 MIL in 2019 and the last year of the deal he will earn $15 MIL in 2020.  He (like Trout) both hit the Free Agent market in 2021.

Huston Street CL (32):  He has two years left on his deal in 2016 and 2017 earning $8 and $9 MIL respectively.  There is a Team Option for $10 MIL in 2018 – or a $1 MIL Buyout.  He could be a trade candidate if the team suffers a failure 1st half in 2016.

C.J. Wilson SP (35):  For much as he has been maligned for a Starter in Los Angeles, he has put forth a decent 51 – 35 record – with a 3.87 ERA in his 4 years in Anaheim thus far.

Wilson will earn $20 MIL in salary for 2016, and can block trades to 8 different teams.  He falls just short of being a 10/5 guy, that was the reason for putting that provision in.

Jered Weaver SP (33):  Despite leading the American League in wins for the 2012 and 2014 years, Weaver is a shell of his former self.

He is entering the Jamie Moyer speedometer for a rotation guy.  Weaver reels in $20 MIL during the 2016 campaign – and yields a full no trade clause in his deal.  I think he may wave that if things go awry in South California.

Joe Wilson RP (32):  Wilson is in the third and final year of his deal and will earn $5.3 MIL this season.  Another strong trade chip.

The Angels really have a lot of players coming off the book, but with the escalating Trout and Pujols contracts, added to the dead money they will dole out for Josh Hamilton to play in Texas, it has them skating around the Luxury Tax for this year and maybe others to follow.

Total Money for this Category – $101 MIL

Arbitration Eligible/POS/AGE

1st Year

Kole Calhoun RF (28):  As the only player in 1st Year Arbitration, this leadoff guy had a great year in 2015 to enter it.  Call for him to make between $4.5 MIL and $5.5 MIL.

Calhoun has Arbitration seasons in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well – before hitting Free Agency in 2019.  He is classified as a Super “2” meaning he will have 4 years of Arbitration.

Total Money for this Category – $4.5 – $5.5 MIL: Total Money Spent – $105.5 MIL to $196.5 MIL

2nd Year

Garrett Richards SP (28):  Last year, the RHP earned $3.2 MIL and he took the helm for 32 Starts (207.1 IP) and 15 Wins.  Expect a doubling for a raise here.

Richards has another 2 years after this of Arbitration as a Super “2” from his draft class year.  He will be a Free Agent in 2019

Hector Santiago SP (28): The soft tossing LHP made $2.3 MIL and logged 32 Starts, but raked in just 180 IP.  Look for him to settle in the $4 MIL range for 2016.  Santiago has 2017 as another Arbitration year before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Collin Cowgill OF (30):  A prime candidate for a non-tender candidate as he had paltry bench numbers from last year – even though he only made 995K in 2015.

Total Money for this Category – $10.5 MIL:  Total Money spent:  $114.5 MIL to $115.5 MIL

3rd Year

Cesar Ramos RP (32):  The Reliever made $1.3 MIL in 2015, and is under his last year of Arbitration.  Look for a deal around $2.3 MIL in 2016.

Fernando Salas RP (31):  Just like Ramos, this late inning guy made about $1.4 MIL this last campaign.  Look for a deal mirroring Ramos at $2.3 MIL.

I would not be surprised for these guys to be traded 1/2 way through the year as well if things go badly for the Angels

Total Money for this Category – $4.5 MIL:  Total Spent:  $119 – $120 MIL.

Dead Money POS/AGE:

Josh Hamilton OF (TEX) (35):  $24 MIL.  The beleagured ex Halo will also rake in $24 MIL in 2017 to play elsewhere.

Errick Aybar SS (ATL) (32):  $2.5 MIL.  The new Braves SS will be paid by the Angels this season.

David DeJesus OF (FA) (36):  Bought out for a cool million instead of a Team Option for $5 MIL in 2016.

David Murphy OF (FA) (34):  Buying the OF out for 500K was a no brainer considering he came with a hefty 2016 price tag of $7 MIL.

Total Money for this Category – $28 MIL:  Total Spent $147 – $148 MIL

Entry Level Contracts POS/AGE

C.J. Cron 1B/OF/DH (26):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Cam Bedrosian RP (24):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Tyler Skaggs SP (24);  Contract Status is not updated yet, but will likely be Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Matt Shoemaker SP (29):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Efren Navarro 1B/LF (30): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Mike Morin RP (25):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Andrew Heaney SP (25): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Carlos Perez C (25):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Trevor Gott RP (23): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Jose Alvarez RP:  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Total Money for this Category – $5 MIL:  Total Spent: $152 – $153 MIL.

This team desperately needs a Catcher.  How about Dioner Navarro for 2 YRs at $6 MIL per AAV?  Chalk up another $10 MIL AAV to sign David Freese, and that brings you up to around $170 MIL.  The club should get heavily into one premiere position player.

That dollar total should be $20 – $30 MIL.  Look.. This team has a bevy of Relief Pitchers.  They could easily trade Smith, Street and either Wilson and/or Weaver – and escape the Luxury Tax Threshold.

Look for them to be in on guys like 2B Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist or to a lesser extent maybe even an Asdrubal Cabrera

They may even break the bank long term on a guy like Jason Heyward if the lowered AAV works out for their advantage by adding a lot of years.  Still think Chris Davis would be a perfect solution with the ability to play OF and 1B.

The Angels are still drawing over 3 Million fans, and with record TV Deals, Arte Moreno should not worry about spending past the Luxury Tax Threshold for just one year. This team should operate a payroll of near $200 MIL in 2016. Relief comes after this year when Wilson, Weaver and Joe Smith come off the books. Luckily by the time they finish paying of Hamilton to play in Texas, Trout and Pujols will make about $60 MIL combined for the next 4 years after that. The team should sign 3 or 4 position players this winter and then address the Starting Pitchers vacancies next fall.

The Angels are still drawing over 3 Million fans, and with record TV Deals, Arte Moreno should not worry about spending past the Luxury Tax Threshold for just one year. This team should operate a payroll of near $200 MIL in 2016. Relief comes after this year when Wilson, Weaver and Joe Smith come off the books. Luckily by the time they finish paying of Hamilton to play in Texas, Trout and Pujols will make about $60 MIL combined for the next 4 years after that. The team should sign 3 or 4 position players this winter and then address the Starting Pitchers vacancies next fall.

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