Projected Orioles Opening Day Payroll 2018 by AZRon

Courtesy MLB

For those who want to play GM, I am presenting the current projected opening day team payroll for the start of the next season. I’m dealing only with the “active” roster, but the O’s will have pay obligations for all players on the 40 man roster. I’ll try to keep this up to date through opening day (all help appreciated).

To be on this list, the player must be:
on the 40 man roster and
under contract or under team control

The players listed on this active roster are my guesses as of now. All of the latest transactions are included. Salaries are displayed as rounded to the nearest $10k, but the total is accurate to 2 decimal places. Projections for those under contract are from the Cots Baseball Prospectus Compensation Website. The arbitration salaries are those projected by Matt Swartz of MLB Trade The MLB minimum salary is $545,000 in 2018. Dylan Bundy’s salary is my guess.

I provide this information so that we can make accurate and useful comparisons to the opening day payrolls of the Orioles in previous years, other MLB teams and the totals for Major League Baseball. As with virtually all team opening day payroll tabulations on the web, my total payroll figure does not reflect any deductions for deferred salaries or additions for set-asides for deferrals from previous years (as required by Article XVI of the CBA). So, please, let’s dispense with the squabbling over the “accounting” for salary deferrals. I have noted the 2018 contract deferrals in the right-most column of the below chart.

($ Million) ($ Million)

**Caleb Joseph C $1.40
*Chance Sisco C $0.55

***Chris Davis 1B $23.00 $6.00

**Jonathan Schoop 2B $9.10

**Tim Beckham SS $3.10

**Manny Machado 3B $17.30

***Adam Jones OF $17.33
*Trey Mancini OF $0.55
*Austin Hays OF $0.55
*Anthony Santander OF $0.55
*Joey Rickard OF $0.55

***Mark Trumbo DH/OF $12.50 $1.50

*Steve Wilkerson UT $0.55

**Kevin Gausman SP $6.80
*Dylan Bundy SP $2.30
**Miguel Castro SP $0.55
*Gabriel Ynoa SP $0.55
*Chris Lee SP $0.55

**Zach Britton RP $12.20
**Brad Brach RP $5.20
***Darren O’Day RP $9.00 $1.00
*Mychal Givens RP $0.55
*Richard Bleier RP $0.55
*Jimmy Yacabonis RP $0.55
*Tanner Scott RP $0.55

Option Buyout – J.J. Hardy $2.00
Option Buyout – Wade Miley $0.50
Total $128.82 $8.50

* Pre-Arbitration
** Arbitration

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