USA Today released it’s Opening Day payroll figures today, with the Pirates totaling $48,693,000. That’s almost even with last year’s $48,689,783 figure.
I’ve been tracking the 40-man roster payroll during the off-season, and will continue to track this information throughout the year. The USA Today figures only calculate major league players, with only 26 players included (25 active, plus Dumatrait on the DL). The 40-man roster figures may not be accurate, but here they are for Opening Day:
The major question marks are:
1. USA Today lists Matt Capps, Ryan Doumit, Freddy Sanchez, and Ian Snell higher than the figures I have. I have a feeling this accounts for performance bonuses.
2. USA Today has Nate McLouth and Paul Maholm at $1 M less than I have them. I think this is due to them not including signing bonuses (which I included, since the Pirates are paying that in 2009).
3. I’m assuming the Pirates are paying Gorzelanny a major league salary.
4. I’m not 100% on all of the minor league salaries, but I’m almost certain they’re correct, based on MLBPA rules.