After allowing their payroll to reach $74 million last season, the Twins could enter 2008 with a payroll of less than $50 million if they trade Johan Santana, as expected, for a package of young, inexpensive players.
The Twins need a center fielder, but they would likely fill that void with a Santana trade. They’ve discussed Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees’ Melky Cabrera. Neither will make more than $1 million next year.
The Twins let their payroll reach a franchise-record $74 million last season before dumping Luis Castillo, Jeff Cirillo and Ramon Ortiz to save about $3.5 million.
The team’s payroll increased every year from 2000 (when it was $15.7 million) to 2007 (when it finished at $70.5 million). Based on that trend, I wrote in September that the Twins could let their payroll reach about $77 million to $80 million for 2008.
But the team has gone the other direction. Here is an updated look at the payroll after the losses of Torii Hunter and Carlos Silva to free agency, along with the team’s latest additions:
Players under contract (11)
Players under control (8)
Those with 0-3 years of major league service time. Average salary estimated at $410,000 per player.
Arbitration eligible (5)
|Player||2007 salary||2008 projected|
That’s 24 players who figure to make the team’s Opening Day 25-man roster. Add it all up, and here’s what you get:
|Total (24 players)||$62,100,000|
|Total (without Santana)||$48,850,000|