Last week I took an early look at the 2013 payroll, and followed that up with an early look at the 2014 payroll. The purpose of the looks is to see if the Pittsburgh Pirates project to have payroll space in the future for a big contract, such as a multi-year deal for Edwin Jackson. Continuing with the series, here is the way-too-early 2015 payroll projection.
Some notes before we go on:
-All projections were made with the assumption that the player played on the same level as their career results. I didn't want to make any assumptions on breakout years, or major declines.
-Guaranteed contracts are in bold.
-The Pirates will have Charlie Morton eligible for free agency following the 2014 season. I didn't include him on this list.
Now, let's break down the payroll projection.
I added a lot of prospect projections in the 2014 estimate. Because most of those guys were first year players, and because there weren't many people departing, I didn't add many prosp...
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