All throughout the season we keep a running total of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 40-man roster payroll, factoring in every move that takes place throughout the year. The final numbers are unofficial, but give a fairly accurate view of the total payroll. Last year, the end of the season payroll was estimated to be $42,788,838, which was $1,358,129 off of the actual end of the year payroll, which came out to be $44,146,967.
A big reason for the discrepancy is that the salaries for some players that are added throughout the year are unknown, and for the most part, are assumed to be at the league minimum. The payroll figures that are the hardest to come by are the 0-3 players, as those aren't announced throughout the year. However, every season, USA Today releases those figures for the guys...
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