By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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Wow. What a roster that has been assembled by Billy Beane in the last 30 days or so.
Make no bones about it, the reason the Money Ball GM was able to this was one from depth strength – coupled with being the master of financial flexibility.
We all know that the A’s have shied away from giving long term pitching contracts, or heck, from lucrative long contracts to positional players.
Ever since the team offered Jermaine Dye a big deal at the time, only to see his production fall off, then to be resurrected in other uniforms, did the management learn to ply their craft.
The team also doled out megabucks for Eric Chavez after that, then to watch him suffer through countless injuries.
It has been a brass that sees about 50 roster transactions every year. The key is to always sell high, and mix in the right amount of Free Agent veterans.
All of that ‘baseball rounding’ afforded the “Moneyball” GM to go for it this year.
Aside from the $10 MIL the club is eating with the disaster that was Jim Johnson, the payroll is filled with guys that are playing beyond their value.
Another reason for trading Cespedes, is how many guys are available for Arbitration in 2015, and will receive big cash contracts.
The #1 guy on that list is Jeff Samardzija, who will be granted between $12 – $15 MIL for 2015.
As of right now, there are only a few guys with deals for next season with guaranteed cash. Kazmir makes $13 MIL, Crisp is at $11 MIL, O’Flaherty is at $5.5 MIL, and Doolittle is at 780K.
That’s 30.3 MIL for four guys
With Samardzija on the books, I expect the club to bow out of Nick Punto‘s $2.75 MIL option, and opt for the 250K Buyout.
Moss will likely be in the $7 – $9 MIL range with the 30 HRs plus he will bang out next season.
$19 – $23 MIL for Samardzija and Moss takes you up to $49.3 MIL – $53.3 MIL
Reddick you could probably add $4 MIL. Jaso stands to net about the same. ($57.3 MIL – $61.3 MIL for now 8 guys)
Sogard will be lucky to be retained by the club for the 850K to $1 MIL he will be due for ARB.
Gentry will see a slight bump between $1.5 MIL to $2 MIL. ($58.5 MIL – $63.3 MIL for 9 players)
Otero, Vogt, Gray, Norris, Griffin and Pomeranz will be around the league minimum. ($61.5 MIL for 15 guys.)
I think the club will walk away from Kyle Blanks too.
Donaldson should make 10 times what he hauled in for 2014, so look at about $5 MIL. ($66.5 MIL for 16 guys)
Cook should see a bump to between $1.5 MIL and $2 MIL, and so should Parker, (even though he didn’t chuck in 2014) ($68 MIL for 17 guys).
Fuld will likely be gone too, as I see the club using Billy Burns in his role.
If Beane matches the 2014 payroll of $95 MIL, he will have $27 MIL for about the last 8 guys on his roster.
There will be holes to fill at SS/2B and a new LF will be needed.
With Moss and Reddick accompanying Crisp for the starting OF in 2015, perhaps the club will spend money on a DH/1B type in 2015 like an Adam Dunn.
Expiring contracts (Free Agents after this year – 2014)
Jim Johnson, 31, RP: $10 MIL.
Jon Lester, 30, SP: $4 MIL for 2 months.
Jason Hammel, 31, SP: $2.8 MIL for 3 months.
Yoenis Cespedes, 28, OF: Was traded, but the club paid him about $7.26 MIL for the year.
Jed Lowrie, 30, INF: $5.25 MIL
Luke Gregerson, 31, RP: $5.08 MIL
Alberto Callaspo, 31, INF; $4.875 MIL
Tommy Milone, 27, SP: $352K of his $510K of his salary will be charged to A’s/
Kurt Suzuki, 31, C: Dead money of $650 K
Sam Fuld, 32, OF: $247K of his $800K paid by A’s in 2 stints
Brett Anderson, 26, SP: The club ate $2.0 MIL.
Signed players to multi years
Scott Kazmir, 30, SP: The Lefty makes $9 MIL this season, and $13 MIL in 2015.
Nick Punto,36, UT: $2.75 MIL this year, 2015 salary calls for $2.75 MIL or Buyout of 250K
Eric O’Flaherty, 29, RP: The veteran southpaw earns $1.5 MIL this season and $5.5 MIL in 2015.
Sean Doolittle, 27, CL: The new Closer makes $505K in 2014, $780K in 2015, $1.58 MIL in 2016 or $2.63 MIL in 2017, $4.38 MIL in 2018, plus there is a Team Option in 2019 for $6 MIL (or 500K Buyout), and 2020 carries a Team Option of $6.5 MIL, (500 K Buyout, only if he finishes 100 games in 2018 and 2019.
Doolittle’s salary if he is granted extra year of Arbitration, 2015: $1.43 MIL, 2016: $2.48 MIL, 2017: $3.68 MIL and 2018, $5.03 MIL.
All of those numbers are contingent if he is granted extra year of ARB in 2014.
Coco Crisp, 34, CF: $7.5 MIL this year, $11 MIL in both years of 2015 and 2016.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, 32, INF: Are paying him $3.125 MIL to play in Minors, and 5.5 MIL in 2015. Maybe he can make a contribution this year or next.
Arbitration Eligible Players for 2015 (contracts for 2014)
Jeff Samardzija, 29, SP: $2.5 MIL for 3 months. Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015, and should land between $12 – $15 MIL for 2015.
Josh Donaldson, 28, 3B: 500 K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2018, Free Agent iin 2019.
Jarrod Parker, 25, SP: 500K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.
Ryan Cook, 27, RP: 505K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.
Eric Sogard, 28, INF: 510K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.
Craig Gentry, 30, CF: $1.145 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.
Kyle Blanks, 27, 1B/OF/DH: 700K of 988K paid by Oakland in 2014, Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016.
Brandon Moss, 30, RF/1B: $4.1 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.
Josh Reddick, 27, OF: $2.7 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.
John Jaso, 30, C/DH: $2.3 MIL in 2014, Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2016.
Jesse Chavez, 30, SP: 775K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2016, Free Agent in 2017.
Fernando Abad, 28, RP: 526K in 2014, Arbitration Eligible from 2015 – 2017, Free Agent in 2018.
Entry Level Deals, Non – Arbitration Eligible in 2015
Stephen Vogt, 29, C: 505K: , Arbitration Eligible from 2017 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.
Derek Norris, 25, C: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.
Sonny Gray, 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2017 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.
Dan Otero, 29, RP: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2019, Free Agent in 2020.
Drew Pomeranz, 25, SP: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.
A.J. Griffin, 26, SP: 505K, Arbitration Eligible from 2016 – 2018, Free Agent in 2019.
Totals around $93 MIL with signing bonuses, DFA’d players, it comes to around $95 MIL for 2014.
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