USA Today has released their 2014 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries and the salary for Travis Ishikawa ($1 M). That is always the final thing needed for the 2014 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 under $75 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes:
**The payroll doesn't account for in-season moves. Last year the Pirates started at around $67 M, and finished at around $75 M. In-season moves could include call-ups, taking on salary in trades, or waiver claims.
**Some payroll projections include the money that the Astros are paying for Wandy Rodriguez. USA Today is an example. I deduct those amounts, showing only what the Pirates are paying out of pocket. On the flip side, if the Pirates sent money to another team, I would include that. Since the Pirates are getting money, and not sending money, my projection is going to ...
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