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40 Players in 40 Days: The Payroll

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This post has been updated to reflect transactions that took place after it was originally published.

Tonight, having finished my profiles of the Braves' pitchers, I'm going to take a brief look at the 2010 payroll, since our offseason discussions are going to require a monetary framework.

To start, the payroll, which I'll break down into three categories:

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 ($3M), Omar Infante ($2.225M), David Ross ($1.6M)

Total: 11 players, $78.742M

These guys have guaranteed contracts.  Not much to say about them.

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

Total: three players, $5M

Diaz has signed for $2.55 million; Moylan and Logan were offered arbitration but have not yet agreed to terms.

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

Total: seven players, $3.15M

Again, these are the only minimum-salary players that I think are guaranteed to be on the Opening Day Roster. I budgeted $450,000 apiece.

Grand total: 19 players, $86.25M

So that leaves probably $8-9 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 $20-21 million sum to spend.  This analysis leaves the Braves with six unfilled roster spots, and those fall as follows: two infielders (a starting first baseman, and a bench IF), three outfielders (two starters and a fifth OF), and two relief pitchers.  Doubtless some of those slots will be filled internally with minimum-salary players, but it's unclear exactly who those players will be.  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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