Tracking the Twins’ payroll, depth chart; 40-man updates

Posted on November 20th, 2009 – 8:26 AM
By Joe Christensen

Today’s story on the free agent market opening includes a payroll update, now that J.J. Hardy is in the mix. After spending $65 million on last year’s Opening Day 25-man roster, the Twins are currently projected to spend $83 million, just with the players in-house. I did this at season’s end, trying to give readers a look at what a potential 25-man roster would look like if the season started that day.

(Note, as written before, this is not a suggested Opening Day roster or lineup. It’s more like a current depth chart. I originally had 3B Danny Valencia in the projected starting lineup. Since most indications we’ve gotten are that he’ll need more seasoning at Class AAA Rochester, I’ve inserted Brendan Harris at 3B.)

Update: The Twins added six prospects to their 40-man roster today, protecting these players for the Dec. 10 Rule 5 draft. They added Valencia, SS Estarlin De Los Santos, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Alex Burnett, RHP Loek Van Mil and RHP Rob Delaney. They also trimmed one player from the 40-man, outrighting 3B Deibinson Romero to Class AAA Rochester. These changes are noted below:

STARTING LINEUP
1. CF — Denard Span: $450,000 (estimate)
2. SS — J.J. Hardy: $6,000,000 (arbitration estimate)
3. C — Joe Mauer: $12,500,000
4. 1B — Justin Morneau: $15,000,000
5. DH — Jason Kubel: $4,100,000
6. RF — Michael Cuddyer: $9,417,000
7. LF — Delmon Young: $2,000,000 (arb. estimate)
8. 3B — Brendan Harris: $1,000,000 (arb. estimate)
9. 2B — Nick Punto: $4,000,000
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Total (9 starters): $54,467,000

BENCH
C — Jose Morales: $410,000 (estimate)
INF — Matt Tolbert: $415,000 (estimate)
INF — Alexi Casilla: $440,000 (estimate)
OF — Jason Pridie: $400,000 (estimate)
C — Drew Butera: $400,000 (estimate)
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Total (5 bench players): $2,065,000

ROTATION
1. Scott Baker: $3,000,000
2: Nick Blackburn: $450,000 (estimate)
3. Kevin Slowey: $450,000 (estimate)
4. Brian Duensing: $410,000 (estimate)
5. Francisco Liriano: $1,000,000 (estimate)
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Total (5 starters): $5,310,000

BULLPEN
Joe Nathan: $11,250,000
Jon Rauch: $2,900,000
Matt Guerrier: $3,000,000 (arb. estimate)
Jose Mijares: $420,000 (estimate)
Jesse Crain: $3,000,000 (arb. estimate)
Pat Neshek: $800,000 (arb. estimate)
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Total (6 relievers): $21,370,000

Projected 25-man total: $83,212,000

(Rotation depth)
LH — Glen Perkins: $460,000 (estimate)
RH — Anthony Swarzak: $410,000 (estimate)
RH — Jeff Manship: $410,000 (estimate)
RH — Deolis Guerra: $400,000 (estimate)

(Bullpen depth)
RH — Boof Bonser: $800,000 (estimate)
RH — Bobby Keppel: $410,000 (estimate)
RH — Rob Delaney: $400,000 (estimate)
RH — Anthony Slama: $400,000 (estimate)
RH — Alex Burnett: $400,000 (estimate)
RH — Loek Van Mil: $400,000 (estimate)

(Position depth)
C — Wilson Ramos: $400,000 (estimate)
INF — Luke Hughes: $400,000 (estimate)
INF — Trevor Plouffe: $400,000 (estimate)
INF — Estarlin De Los Santos: $400,000 (estimate)
INF — Steven Tolleson: $400,000 (estimate)

(Twins free agents)
Carl Pavano: $7,000,000 (estimate)
Orlando Cabrera: $5,000,000 (estimate)
Joe Crede: $2,500,000 (estimate)
Mike Redmond: $1,000,000 (estimate)
Ron Mahay: $1,500,000 (estimate)

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