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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Ranger 2005 payroll 

With the craptacular signing of Alomar, I thought I'd take a look at the payroll situation right now, with an asterisk next to salary figures that I am estimating:

Player2005 Salary
Barajas$750,000*
Alomar$550,000
Blalock$800,000
M. Young$2,500,000
Teixeira$2,500,000
Soriano$8,000,000
Mench$750,000*
Nix$500,000*
Li'l Sarge$1,000,000*
The Ho$14,000,000
Rogers$3,500,000
C. Young$400,000
Drese$800,000*
Cordero$3,500,000
Almanzar$1,000,000*
Francisco$350,000*
Brocail$1,000,000
Dickey$750,000*
Mahay$1,100,000
Shouse$800,000*


That is 80% of the Opening Day roster, with the team still needing to add a DH, RF, utility infielder, 25th man, and starting pitcher.

That totals $44.8 million. If we assume the 25th man and utility infielder are going to make the league minimum, or close to it, we go up to $45.8 million.

That leaves three positions to fill. And supposedly, Carlos Delgado, who wants $8 million per year, is an unlikely signee, because he'd use up all the remaining funds available for free agents.

Which means that the Rangers are looking at a 2005 payroll of around $52-53 million, or about $10 million less than 2004, before we take into account the roughly $6 million owed to ARod.

That's a hell of a way for Tom Hicks to reward the fans and build on a successful 2004 season.


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