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Arizona Diamondbacks 40 Man Roster Payroll Update

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How much cash does Mike Hazen have to play with ?

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James already gave us a look at some of the implications of the moves the team has made the last couple of weeks. This is really shaping up as a fascinating off season. It’s looking like the amount of roster turnover could be a lot more than some people might have thought.

I reviewed and reconciled numbers with James, and below is an attempt to put a bit of a finer point on where things stand financially at the moment. This is not in any way a projection of opening day or season end payroll. It’s more of a snapshot of where they are right now. Trades and signings, (and future DFA’s) will continue to reconstitute the roster and payroll.

Spoiler Alert: We just don’t know what kind of budget ownership has given Mike Hazen to work with this year. So we can’t answer the question posed in the article heading. Is the Budget 120M, 130M, 140M ?? Is it higher ? What we do know however is that the team is currently looking at about 100M in payroll as the roster currently stands.

My method of calculation is a little different than what you’ll typically see on other websites. I am concerned with the entire season payroll, not just opening day. (BUT, I’m not calculating luxury tax payroll, which is a little different)

I project pre arb players expenses beyond those that are expected to be on the opening day roster, as in season callups happen frequently due to injuries or poor performance or roster spots opening up due to trades. We can’t know exactly what those will be, but we can estimate pretty well based on precedent. Typically you allow 2M for that, give or take.

Arbitration costs are using the MLB trade rumors estimates. The balance info for signed players, off roster players, and miscellaneous things like options, bonuses, etc, are filled in accordingly. Resources used to compile are listed below. I reconcile info from each and customize presentation.

40 man Roster from MLB. (Currently sits at 37, with 3 open spots)

Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Baseball Reference

Roster Resource

TOPLINE SUMMARY

TABLE VIEW

(Table will display as actual table on laptop or tablet, but maybe not on phone)

2020 Payroll

Postion Name 2020 Status 2020 Projected WAR Remarks
Postion Name 2020 Status 2020 Projected WAR Remarks
INF Eduardo Escobar Signed 7.17 3.1
P Mike Leake Signed 6.00 1.1 + 9 M Paid by Seattle=15M for Leake
OF Ketel Marte Signed 4.00 5.2
P Merrill Kelly Signed 3.00 1.2
C Stephen Vogt Signed 2.50 0.6
P Robbie Ray Arb 3 10.80 2.0
OF David Peralta Arb 3 8.80 2.2
INF Nick Ahmed Arb 3 7.00 2.6
INF Jake Lamb Arb 3 5.00 0.4
P Archie Bradley Arb 2 3.60 1.3
P Andrew Chafin Arb 3 3.20 0.8
P Matt Andriese Arb 2 1.40 -0.2
P Zac Gallen Pre Arb 0.57 1.8
P Kevin Ginkel Pre Arb 0.57 0.9
P Stefan Chrictohn Pre Arb 0.57 0.2 Out of options
P Jimmie Sherfy Pre Arb 0.57 0.2 Out of options
INF Domingo Leyba Pre Arb 0.57 0.0
P Yoan Lopez Pre Arb 2 0.57 0.3
C Carson Kelly Pre Arb 2 0.57 1.2
INF Christian Walker Pre Arb 2 0.57 1.9
INF Ildemaro Vargas Pre Arb 2 0.57 0.7 Out of options
OF Tim Locastro Pre Arb 2 0.57 1.0
P Luke Weaver Pre Arb 3 0.57 1.1
P Silvino Bracho Pre Arb 3 0.57 0.0 Out of options
P Alex Young Pre Arb 0.28 0.9
P Jon Duplantier Pre Arb 0.28 0.7
P Taylor Clarke Pre Arb 0.28 -0.2
INF Kevin Cron Pre Arb 0.28 0.3
INF Josh Rojas Pre Arb 0.28 0.3
P Joel Payamps Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
P Bo Takahashi Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
P Emilio Vargas Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
P Riley Smith Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
P Taylor Widener Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
INF Wyatt Mathisen Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
INF Andy Young Pre Arb 0.14 0.0
P Corbin Martin Pre Arb 0.00 0.0
Yasmany Tomas Off Roster 17.00 0.0
To Houston for Greinke Off Roster 10.33 0.0
Wilmer Flores Buyout Off Roster 0.50 0.0
TJ McFarland Buyout Off Roster 0.05 0.0
99.55 31.40 Projected WAR
48 Replacement Wins
79.40 Projected TTL Wins

A few important notes:

Mike Leake: Some websites are showing the Dbacks only having to pay 3M of the 15M total for Leake, but I’m seeing 4M paid by Angels to Mariners, and Mariners paying 9M to DBacks. So I’m using 6M as the DBacks portion

Bubble Players out of options: I highlighted a few bubble players that are out of options

Stefan Crichton, Silvino Bracho, and Jimmie Sherfy must either make the opening day roster, or be traded or possibly DFA’d. All three will need to have a very good spring training and exhibition season to have a shot at the opening day roster. However, due to the fact that they are out of options, don’t be surprised if one or more of these pitchers makes the roster over a seemingly better pitcher who still has an option or two.

Domingo Leyba still has one option it turns out, as he was given an exemption for the 4th option. He and Ildemaro Vargas are probably competing for the same roster spot. So the fact that Vargas is out of options could be factor there.

WHAT’S NEXT

Heading into the winter meetings and this phase of the off season, we can see that Mike Hazen should have at least 20M still to work with for 2020, and that’s if ownership has cut his payroll budget again, down to say 120M. My guess though is Hazen has at least a 125-130M payroll budget and therefore should still have 25-30M to spend. He has said he will spread his money around, but I can’t shake the feeling he might have a big move up his sleeve. And maybe ownership will surprise us too, and give him even more than our expectations to work with. That would be nice.

2021

It would seem almost a certainty that Mike Leake’s option for 2021 won’t be picked up, since the DBacks don’t have to actually pay it. So without that, they are looking at only 53M so far for 2021, but of course many free agents leaving and a lot of holes to fill. How many of those holes can be filled by the minor league system, and how ready those players will be remains to be seen.

2021 Payroll

Postion Name 2021 Status 2021 Remarks
Postion Name 2021 Status 2021 Remarks
To Houston for Greinke 10.33
P Robbie Ray FA 0.00
OF David Peralta FA 0.00
INF Nick Ahmed FA 0.00
INF Jake Lamb FA 0.00
P Andrew Chafin FA 0.00
INF Eduardo Escobar Signed 7.67
OF Ketel Marte Signed 6.00
P Merrill Kelly Team Option 4.25 0.5 Buyout
C Stephen Vogt Team Option 3.00 0.5 Buyout
P Mike Leake Mutual Option 18.00 Seattle Pays 5M Buyout
P Archie Bradley Arb 3 5.00
P Matt Andriese Arb 3 2.40
P Luke Weaver Arb 1 2.00
C Carson Kelly Arb 1 1.50
P Silvino Bracho Arb 1 1.10
P Zac Gallen Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Kevin Ginkel Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Stefan Chrictohn Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Jimmie Sherfy Pre Arb 2 0.58
INF Domingo Leyba Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Alex Young Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Jon Duplantier Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Taylor Clarke Pre Arb 2 0.58
INF Kevin Cron Pre Arb 2 0.58
INF Josh Rojas Pre Arb 2 0.58
P Yoan Lopez Pre Arb 3 0.58
INF Christian Walker Pre Arb 3 0.58
OF Tim Locastro Pre Arb 3 0.58
INF Wyatt Mathisen Pre Arb 0.29
INF Andy Young Pre Arb 0.29
P Joel Payamps Pre Arb 2 0.29
P Bo Takahashi Pre Arb 2 0.29
P Emilio Vargas Pre Arb 2 0.29
P Riley Smith Pre Arb 2 0.29
P Taylor Widener Pre Arb 2 0.29
P Corbin Martin Pre Arb 2 0.29
INF Ildemaro Vargas Pre Arb 3 0.00
Total 71.11
If Leake Option Declined 53.11