Opening Day Payroll Projection

The 2010 40-man roster payroll projection for the opening day roster is now complete.  Thanks to USA Today for the salaries of the league minimum players.  The Pirates are currently projected for a $37,276,750 payroll in 2010.  That number includes the players on the 40-man roster who are not on the 25-man roster, plus the $2 M owed to Ramon Vazquez.

Bobby Crosby, Javier Lopez, Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, Zach Duke, D.J. Carrasco, and Jack Taschner can earn performance bonuses that could combine for up to $4.81 M in additional payroll.  For details on those bonuses, check their individual player pages, or the 40-man payroll link above.

The Future Payroll Commitments chart has also been updated.  Two key additions there are the future status of both Taschner and Carrasco.  Both players are eligible for two more years of arbitration beyond the 2010 season, which means the Pirates bought three years of control with each player by adding them to the 40-man roster.

Author: Tim Williams

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, 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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