the matrix

in yesterday's thread somebody asked for a look at the current roster matrix. with the new gm about to begin his duties and the roster rebuild officially underway, i guess we're about due for that. so here it is --- and it ain't pretty:

2008 ROSTER MATRIX
THE BASELINE

STARTING 8 BENCH ROTATION PEN
molina c
$1.2m
spiezio ut
$2.3m
wainwright rhp
$450K
is'hausen rhp
$8m
pujols 1b
$16m
schumaker
$400K
looper rhp
$5.5m
franklin rhp
$2.3m
kennedy 2b
$3.5m
miles if
$1.2m
pineiro rhp
$5m
springer rhp
$3.5m
rolen 3b
$12m
taguchi of
$1.1m
mulder lhp
$6.5m
flores lhp
$1m
ryan ss
$400K
ludwick of
$400K
reyes rhp
$400K
johnson lhp
$400K
duncan lf
$450K
encarnacion rf
$6.5m
carpenter rhp
$10.5m
wellemeyer rhp
$900K
edmonds cf
$8m
barden if
memphis
hawksworth rhp
memphis
thompson rhp
$450k
ankiel rf
$1m
rodriguez of
memphis
parisi rhp
memphis
cavazos rhp
memphis
TOTAL
$42.5m
TOTAL
$11.9m
TOTAL
$28.4m
TOTAL
$16.5m
OVERALL PAYROLL: $99.3m

i triple-checked the numbers, and they add up --- $99m already on the books, before a single upgrade to the roster has been made. this chart assumes that the cards pick up the option on taguchi (which might not, and prob'y should not, happen). the cards have four arb-eligible players --- molina, ankiel, miles, and wellemeyer --- so i've taken educated guesses at what they'll be paid. pujols, carpenter, looper, encarnacion, kennedy, and mulder all have built-in raises this year, while springer and franklin will start new, richer contracts; taken together, these increases bloat the payroll by about $11m without adding any new talent. the matrix counts deferred salary as a present-year expense, because that's how mlb calculates payroll for luxury-tax purposes.

for purposes of comparison, the opening-day rotation last year (carp looper wells wainwright reyes) cost a total of $18m; the starting 8 cost $48m; the bench made collective $5.5m; and the bullpen made $14m. this year's high bottom-line salary for the bench players is misleading, as it includes an ostensible starter (encarnacion); but then, the starting 8 total is commesurately lowered by juan's absence. (the matrix needs a separate category this year for non-performing assets --- en'cion, carpenter, mulder.) the two injured starting pitchers (mulder and carp) will earn nearly as much as 2007's entire opening-day rotation.

if i recall correctly, dewitt says he's willing to increase the bottom line into the $110m to $115m range, which means there is $10m to $15min left in the till for a new ss, #2 starting pitcher, and right-handed bat for the outfield. . . . . they could trim a million here or there, but unless they move scott rolen i don't see a whole lot of wiggle room until 2009, when they'll net a payroll savings of more than $30m. by then, there'll be some players on the market who might even be worth the money.

not an easy knot for mr. antonetti to untangle; he'll have to be creative. ideas, anyone?

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