A quick glance at your 2008 Pirates by salary. “Minimum” refers to a player with less than three years of major-league service time who will be making MLB’s minimum salary in 2008. “Arbitration” refers to a player with more than three years of service time (but less than six years) whose contract will be determined by MLB’s arbitration practices. All salary figures come courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
Ronny Paulino – Minimum
Ryan Doumit – Minimum
Adam LaRoche – Arbitration ($3.2m in 2007)
Steve Pearce – Minimum
Freddy Sanchez – Arbitration ($2.75m in 2007)
Jack Wilson – $6.5m
Jose Bautista – Minimum
Cesar Izturis – $5.45m option ($300k buyout)
Jose Castillo – Arbitration ($1.9m in 2007)
Jason Bay – $5.75m
Xavier Nady – Arbitration ($2.15m in 2007)
Nate McLouth – Minimum
Nyjer Morgan – Minimum
Chris Duffy – Minimum
Tom Gorzelanny – Minimum
Ian Snell – Minimum
Paul Maholm – Minimum
Matt Morris – $9.5m
Zach Duke – Minimum
Tony Armas – $5m option ($500k buyout)
Salomon Torres – $3.2m
Damaso Marte – $2m
John Grabow – Arbitration ($832k in 2007)
Matt Capps – Minimum
- If you assume the Pirates will let Shawn Chacon walk, non-tender Castillo (owing him nothing), buy out Izturis and Armas (a near-certainty), give each 0-3 player $400k as the league minimum (in actuality, the minimum is $380k but players often earn a tiny bit more) and then count up all the Pirate salaries (using 2007 figures for those arbitration eligible), then the Pirates are already on the hook for about $42 million heading into 2008.
- Unfortunately for the Bucs, every arb-eligible player will get a raise. Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady had productive years and will be compensated as such. Frank Coonelly already expressed a desire to extend the contracts of Freddy Sanchez and Capps into the long-term. The Pirates’ payroll will be pushing $50 million before a new GM makes his first move.
- 2008 needs (assuming the Pirates are trying to compete): A right-handed hitting center fielder who can share time with McLouth or Morgan; A starting third baseman or utilityman, whichever the Pirates determine Bautista isn’t; A backup middle infielder; A steady fifth or sixth starter; A solid right-handed reliever.