USA Today has released their 2013 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries. That is always the final thing needed for the 2013 40-man payroll page. I've updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of just over $67 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes:
**The payroll doesn't account for in-season moves. In the last two years the Pirates have added about $8 M or more in-season. So the final payroll could easily be in the $70-75 M range.
**In the past I counted the bonus for one season. For example, Jason Grilli received a $500,000 bonus, so I would include that in year one of his deal, and have nothing in year two. Most sites (Cot's, USA Today) spread the bonus out over the life of the contract. In the long run the numbers match up. But I decided to start doing that as well. The adjustment actually lowered the payroll a bit, since Russell Martin and Jason Grilli went...
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