Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Opening Day Payroll

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.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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