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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Updating the Ranger 2005 payroll situation 

With the Rangers signing Hidalgo to either a $4.5 or $5 million deal for 2005, I've updated my payroll chart to incorporate him:

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*
Hidalgo$5,000,000
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 leaves the Rangers with four slots to fill -- utility infielder, starting pitcher, DH, and 25th man.

This puts the team at $49.8 million, or $55.8 million if you include the $6 million the team owes the Yankees for the stupid ARod trade.

However, it also assumes that Soriano stays, something that I don't necessarily think is a slam dunk. If Soriano gets traded, payroll drops to $41.8 million, with the team needing to find a 2B or a SS...Jose Valentin, for example. That also leaves the Rangers with about $15 million to spend in a starting pitcher and DH.

We'll see if they actually do it.

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