Yesterday I finished putting together the 2013 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I'll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate of the year-end 2013 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season.
Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the guaranteed salaries. Next are the projected arbitration increases, which are based on this article. Finally there are the projected roster decisions. I didn't go crazy making projections on who would stay and who would go. I mostly stuck with the guys who are out of options. I estimated that Rod Barajas wouldn't be brought back, and that Rick VandenHurk, Jeff Clement...
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