Yesterday I looked at the 2013 payroll in a way-too-early projection. It's hard getting an estimate for the 2012 payroll, and that's only a few months away. The 2013 payroll seemed impossible due to all of the variables that can take place between now and the start of the 2013 season. So the 2014 payroll would be impossible to project. But we're not looking for accuracy here. We're just looking to get an idea of where the payroll will end up. Here is the 2014 projected payroll, as well as notes on what went in to the projection.
Some notes before we go on:
-All projections were made with the assumption that the player played on the same level as the 2011 season. I didn't want to make any assumptions on breakout years, or major declines.
-Guaranteed contracts are in bold.
-The Pirates will have Joel Hanrahan, Clint Barmes, Jeff Karstens, and Rod Barajas eligible for free agency following the 2013 season. I didn't include them on this list.
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.