MLB payroll details, thoughts and analysis.
To make room on the roster, they designated Rob Bell for assignment. Bell had been signed back in Decemeber to a $500k deal, but it was only guaranteed if he made the roster.
I got the details on Joe Borowski's contract from the Cub Reporter.
- P Roy Halladay (through age 30 in 2007)
- 3B Eric Hinske (through age 29 in 2007)
- OF Vernon Wells (through age 28 in 2007)
- Yesterday's deals with Trot Nixon and Byung-Hyun Kim, coupled with the re-signing of Scott Williamson, have, according to my calculations, driven Boston over the luxury tax limit ($120.50m for 2004). Their projected cap number (including the ~$7.55m for player benefits) is at $130m as of now. And Boston still has to come to terms with David Ortiz - the club submitted an arbitration number of $4.25m, while Ortiz countered with $5m.
- Boston will join the Yankees (projected cap number: $184m) as the only teams currently over the luxury tax threshold. Anaheim (projected cap number: $112m) and Seattle (projected cap number: $101m) are the only other teams within spitting distance of the tax boundary.
- I've been able to update some details on deferred money in Jeff Kent, Craig Biggio, and Jeff Bagwell's contracts thanks to this list on www.astrosdaily.com. The actual updated payroll sheet is now up.
- All salary figures are in millions of dollars
- Negative numbers are listed in parentheses
- Orange numbers are used when I'm unsure of the year-by-year breakdown of a contract
- Red numbers are used when I'm sure a figure is incorrect (e.g., unspecified amount of cash included in a deal)