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The Payroll: Where We Stand

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With two free-agent signings in the books, plus arbitration offers, let's take an updated look at the Braves' payroll situation:

Guaranteed commitments: Derek Lowe ($15M), Chipper Jones ($13M), Javier Vazquez ($11.5M), Tim Hudson ($9M), Billy Wagner ($6.75M), Kenshin Kawakami ($6.667M), Brian McCann ($5.5M), Nate McLouth ($4.5M), Takashi Saito ($3.2M), Omar Infante ($2.225M), David Ross ($1.6M)

Total: 11 players, $78.942M

Arbitration: Matt Diaz ($2.55M), Peter Moylan ($1.25M estimated), Boone Logan ($855K estimated)

Total: three players, $4.665M

Minimum salary players: Yunel Escobar, Martin Prado, Jesse Chavez, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Kris Medlen, Eric O'Flaherty

Total: seven players, $3.15M

Grand total: 21 players, $86.75M

The seven guys listed as minimum-salary are the ones that I think are guaranteed to make the Opening Day roster. I budgeted $450,000 apiece for them. So that leaves between $5 million and $8 million for Frank Wren to spend this winter, and if he can offload perhaps $11 million either by moving Javier Vazquez or part of Derek Lowe's contract, he'll have a fairly hefty $16-19 million sum to spend. This analysis leaves the Braves with four unfilled roster spots (five once a pitcher is traded), and those fall as follows: two infielders (a starting first baseman, and a bench IF) and three outfielders (two starters and a fifth OF). Discuss away, and we'll be referring back to this post a lot as we construct our offseason plans and analysis.


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