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Tuesday 17th Oct 2017

The offseason is in its infancy and we have had a few signings and a few rumors of signings. We’ll continue with our look at the finances of the National League teams.

Milwaukee Brewers – Milwaukee did well capturing the Central Division title in 2011 and had $83.59M in payroll to help it achieve the top spot. That amount included $.05M for Nyjer Morgan as well as $2.0M that Kansas City paid towards Yuniesky Betancourt’s contract. The Brewers have $57.37M in salary committed so far for 2012 to Zack Greinke (13.5M), Rickie Weeks (11.0M), Randy Wolf (9.5M), Corey Hart (9.33M), Ryan Braun (6.29M), and Yovani Gallardo (5.75M). They also owe Yuniesky Betancourt $2.0M since they declined his option and bought out his contract. The team has a slew of players eligible for arbitration – Shaun Marcum, Kameron Loe, Carlos Gomez, Sean Green, Jeremy Reed, Wil Nieves, Manny Parra, Casey McGehee, Nyjer Morgan, Mitch Stetter, and George Kottaras.  Besides Betancourt, free agents include Prince Fielder, Takashi Saito, Craig Counsell, Mark Kotsay, LaTroy Hawkins, and Jerry Hairston Jr. Francisco Rodriguez also became a free agent after Milwaukee declined his option.

New York Mets – The Metropolitans had salaries totaling $142.80M in 2011. That amount included $12.0M for Oliver Perez, $6.25M for Luis Castillo, $1.75M for Ryota Igarashi, and $1.0M for Gary Matthews Jr. The team has $66.83M tied up in salary for 2012 so far including $24.0M for Johan Santana, $18.13M for Jason Bay, $15.25M for David Wright, $4.75M for R.A. Dickey, and $1.2M for D.J. Carrasco. Also included is $3.5M owed to Francisco Rodriguez but a new contract (amount undisclosed) for Tim Byrdak is not included. Players who are eligible for arbitration are Angel Pagan, Taylor Buchholz, Ronny Paulino, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey, and Bobby Parnell. Free agents include Jose Reyes, Chris Capuano, Chris Young, Scott Hairston, Willie Harris, and Miguel Batista.

Philadelphia Phillies – Philadelphia had a disappointing year as they were the odds on favorites to win the World Series but, obviously, came up short. The Phillies had the highest payroll in the National League at $165.98M which included $7.0M from the Houston Astros for Roy Oswalt. The payroll commitment for 2012 sits at $125.15M with $21.5M for Cliff Lee, $20.0M each for Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard, $15.29 for Chase Utley, $11.0M for Jonathan Papelbon, $10.5M for Joe Blanton, $9.5M for Shane Victorino, $6.42M for Placido Polanco, $3.7M for Carlos Ruiz, $2.5M for Jose Contreras, $1.25M for Jim Thome and a $1.5M buyout for Brad Lidge as the team declined his option. Players who are arbitration eligible include Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Ben Francisco, Pete Orr, and Wilson Valdez.  Free Agents are Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson, Roy Oswalt, Brian Schneider, and Ross Gload.

Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates had the lowest payroll in 2011 at $42.05M which included a $3M contribution from the Arizona Diamondbacks towards the contract of Chris Snyder. Pittsburgh has salaries of $14.63M after signing free agent Rod Barajas for a reported $4.0M. The rest of the total breaks down with $4.0M for Kevin Correia, $2.2M for Pedro Alvarez, $2.13M for Matt Diaz, $0.75M each for Paul Maholm and Chris Snyder, $0.5M for Ryan Doumit, $0.2M for Ronny Cedeno, and $0.1M for Scott Olsen. Pirates who have become free agents are Lyle Overbay, Derrek Lee, and Ryan Ludwick. Pirates who are eligible for arbitration are Ross Ohlendorf, Joel Hanrahan, Jeff Karstens, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Evan Meek, Charlie Morton, John Bowker, Garrett Olson, Chris Resop, Steve Pearce, Jason Jaramillo, and Jose Ascanio.

San Diego Padres – The Padres $45.87M in 2011 salary didn’t take them very far. The team has $13.55M of salary commitment on the books so far including buyouts of $1.05M for Chad Qualls, $1.0M for Brad Hawpe, and $0.5M for Aaron Harang. San Diego declined the options on Hawpe and Qualls while Harang turned down his $5.0M option. The rest of the salaries for 2012 are $5.5M each for Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson. Yes, that’s it. Players who are eligible for arbitration are Pat Neshek, Mike Adams, Chase Headley, Tim Stouffer, Dustin Moseley, Chris Denorfia, Alberto Gonzalez, Wil Venable, Nick Hundley, Eric Patterson, Luke Gregerson, Clayton Richard, Joe Thatcher, and Rob Johnson. Other free agents are Heath Bell and Jorge Cantu who was released late in June.

San Francisco Giants – San Francisco’s $118.2M in 2011 salary was near the top of the National League but, obviously, didn’t get them another World Series title. At this point only the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL have more money in salaries committed for 2012 than the Giants’ $81.68M which is earmarked for Barry Zito (19.0M), Matt Cain (15.33M), Aaron Rowand (13.6M), Aubrey Huff (10.0M), Brian Wilson (8.5M), Freddy Sanchez (6.0M), Jeremy Affeldt (5.0M), and Javier Lopez (4.25M). Arbitration eligible players include Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, Santiago Casilla, Ramon Ramirez, Mike Fontenot, Andres Torres, Eli Whiteside, Nate Schierholtz, Sergio Romo, and Pablo Sandoval. The San Francisco free agents are Carlos Beltran, Miguel Tejada, Cody Ross, Mark DeRosa, Pat Burrell, and Guillermo Mota.

St. Louis Cardinals – The 2011 World Series winners had $109.05M in salary for their championship push and have $78.79M committed for 2012 to Matt Holliday (17.0M), Kyle Lohse (12.19M), Lance Berkman (12.0M), Chris Carpenter (10.5M), Adam Wainwright (9.0M), Jake Westbrook (8.5M), Yadier Molina (7.0M), and Zack Cox (0.85M). The players eligible for arbitration include Ryan Theriot, Skip Schumaker, Jaime Garcia, Kyle McClellan, Colby Rasmus, Jason Motte, and Mitchell Boggs. Cardinals free agents are Ryan Franklin, Gerald Laird, Octavio Dotel (team declined $3.5M option), Rafael Furcal (team declined $12.0M option), Edwin Jackson, Gerald Laird, Corey Patterson (team declined $1.1M option), Nick Punto, Arthur Rhodes, and the biggest prize on the open market, Albert Pujols.

Washington Nationals – Washington had $68.31M in 2011 salary including $0.05M from the Milwaukee Brewers towards the contract of Nyjer Morgan. Their salary commitment for 2012 so far is $44.6M which is divided amongst Jayson Werth (13.57M), Ryan Zimmerman (12.10M), Adam LaRoche (8.0M), Stephen Strasburg (4.88M), Sean Burnett (2.3M), Yunesky Maya, (2.0M), Bryce Harper (1.75M) and, an as yet undisclosed amount for Chien-Ming Wang. Players eligible for arbitration include Tom Gorzelanny, Jesus Flores, Doug Slaten, John Lannan, Michael Morse, and Tyler Clippard. The Nats’ free agents are Jason Marquis, Ivan Rodriguez, Rick Ankiel, Todd Coffey, Livan Hernandez, Alex Cora, Matt Stairs, Laynce Nix, and Jonny Gomes.

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