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|Red Letter Days
a Baseball Fan
Eligible Players Become Free Agents, Qualifying Offers Given - October 31
Free Agent Signing Period Begins - November 4
General Managers Meetings - November 11
Winter Meetings - December 9
Rule V Draft - December 12
Major League player salaries rose 6.1% in 2012 to a record $3.65m.
Highest team payroll once again the Yankees, whose average
was $7.15m. The rise in average salary for MLB was the highest
since 2008 and outpacing general inflation of 1.98% by over 300%.
The 2013 Payroll $
1. Yankees $ 228,835,490
2. Dodgers $ 216,597,577
3. Phillies $ 165,385,714
4. Red Sox $ 150,655,500
5. Tigers $ 148,414,500
6. Giants $ 140,264,334
7. Angels $ 127,896,250
8. White Sox $ 119,073,277
9. Blue Jays $ 117,527,800
10. Cardinals $ 115,222,086
11. Rangers $ 114,090,100
12. Nationals $ 114,056,769
13. Reds $ 107,491,305
14. Cubs $ 104,304,676
15. Orioles $ 90,993,333
16. Braves $ 89,778,192
17. D'backs $89,100,500
18, Brewers $ 82,976,944
19. Royals $ 81,491,725
20. Pirates $ 79,555,000
21. Indians $ 77,772,800
22. Twins $ 75,802,500
23. Mets $ 73,396,649
24. Mariners $ 72,031,143
25. Rockies $ 71,924,071
26. Padres $ 67,143,600
27. Athletics $ 60,664,500
28. Rays $ 57,895,272
29. Marlins $ 36,341,900
30. Astros $ 22,062,600
Stat Geek Baseball's
Ave. Salaries By
1st Base - $5,691,393
2nd Base - $3,790,611
3rd Base - $4,195,893
Shortstop - $3,400,567
Outfield - $4,286,121
Pitcher - $3,918,134
All - $3,980,093
Ave. Salaries By
Service Time 2013
1.000 Year - $794,357
1.000-1.171 - $641,650
2.000-2.121 - $650,144
Super 2 - 3.171 - $2,682,140
4.000-4.171 - $3,459,278
5.000-5.171 - $5,232,911
Free Agent - 6.171 - $6,461,356
7.000-7.171 - $8,780,323
8.000-8.171 - $6,296,054
9.000-9.171 - $7,660,747
10.000-10.171 - $9,245,187
11.000-11.171 - $6,668,494
12.000-12.171 - $11,510,231
13.000-13.171 - $9,972,222
14.000-14.171 - $6,850,126
15.000-15.171 - $2,868,750
16.000 and over - $7,088,571
Super Two level for 2012 is 2.139. Free Agent level is 6.000.
Super Two level for 2013 is 2.122. Free Agent level is 6.000.
Salary source: USA Today Salary Database.
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Baseball Writers of America have decided that none of the holdover or
new candidates deserve induciton into the Baseball Hall of Fame this
year, as reported by the Hall on January 9. Craig Biggio was
closest to election, which requires 75% of the ballots cast, with 388
votes and 68.2%. One holdover candidate, Dale Murphy, in his
year of election by the BBWAA. will no longer be eligible, as well as
any candidate that did not receive 5% of the vote.
Craig Biggio 68.20%.
Jeff Bagwell 59.60%.
Tim Raines 52.20%.
Curt Schilling 38.80%,
Barry Bonds 36.20%,
Alan Trammell 33.60%,
Fred McGriff 20.70%,
Mark McGwire 16.90%,
Sammy Sosa 12.50%,
Williams 3.30%, Kenny Lofton 3.20%, Sandy Alomar Jr. 2.80%, Julio
Franco 1.10%, David Wells 0.90%, Steve Finley 0.70%, Shawn Green 0.40%,
and Aaron Sele 0.20% received less than 5% of the vote and will be
removed from the ballot. Also, Jeff Cirillo, Royce Clayton,
Conine, Roberto Hernandez, Ryan Klesko, Jose Mesa, Reggie
Sanders, Mike Stanton, Todd Walker, Rondell White,
Woody Williams got no votes and will be removed from the ballot.
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|Off Season News|
Offers of $14.1m for a one year contracts have been extended to 13 free
agents. If rejected and signed by another team, their former
teams will receive an end of the first round draft pick with the
signing team losing either a first or second round pick. This
year's players given the Qualifying Offers are: Carlos Beltran (SLN),
Robinson Cano (NYA), Hiroki Kuroda (NYA), Curtis Granderson (NYA),
Shin-Shoo Choo (CIN), Nelson Cruz (TEX), Stephen Drew (BOS), Jacoby
Ellsbury (BOS), Mike Napoli (BOS), Ervin Santana (KCA), Brian McCann
(ATL), Kendrys Morales (SEA), and Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE).
All Free Agents offered the Qualifying Offer have rejected the offers
and are free to negotiate with all teams, including their own.
See Whether SPRO has to see about whether they should have accepted and what they should be paid on our Hot Stove Qualifying Offer page.
Hall of Fame Veterans Ballot
of Fame Expansion Era Ballot named, including former
players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Ted
Simmons, Dave Parker, and Dan Quisenberry. Managers and
Executives Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, George Steinbrenner,
and Marvin Miller also on ballot. This ballot requires 75% vote
to gain election and is held once every three years.
|The Hot Stove League Contracts|
out what's going on in contracts, what they've been paid,
what they should have with the Stat Geek Baseball's SPRO Salary
Projection system, and more.
Week of November 11Free Agent Players
Marlon Byrd signs
2 year contract $16m contract with Phillies.
SPRO Analysis - Philadelphia
overpays for Byrd. Saying this is an overpay is a little unfair
to the Phils. SPRO thinks a two year contract for the outfielder
is worth $13,753,000, but would have been okay with a third year at
that per year value. Most of all, though, we wonder why, due to
age, he would be on their radar. Yes, he had a very good year
last year, worth $11-$12m per if he'd ever duplicated that before.
But will he do that again.
Week of November 4
Free Agent Players
Brayan Pena signs
2 year contract with Reds. 1st year salary $1.25m, 2nd year not yet known.
SPRO Analysis - Cincinnati pays market value for Pena. SPRO $1,404,000.
Free Agent Players Re-Sign with Club
Geovany Soto signs
1 year $3.05m contract with Rangers.
SPRO Analysis - Texas pays market value for Soto. Right on the money and probably worth a second year at that sum. SPRO $3.158m.
Tim Lincecum signs
2 year $35m contract extension from 2014-2015.
SPRO Analysis - San
Francisco overpays for Tim Lincecum. Yes, it's the overall
opinion on general baseball circles that this contract is a reach.
Yes, there is some indication that 2013 was a better year for
Lincecum than 2012 and that his deep stats say he was unlucky in his
outcomes, but that ERA in a pitcher's park is concerning. Now
there's no doubt that he had been a special player and is still young,
so reaching back to better days makes sense. But not for this
much. SPRO says 3 years for a total of $28,357,000.
Early Bird Pre-Arbitration Contracts
Martin Perez signs
4 year $12.5m contract with three club options for 2018-2020 worth $22.5m with Rangers.
SPRO Analysis - Texas
overpays for Perez. It's not so much an overpay as a too
early pay. We knows it's good for the club to sign deals such as
this, particularly with a player they think will mature well.
But, and it's a big but, Perez has barely scratched the surface
of his career. And although 2013 was good, with 10 wins and a
3.62 ERA in a pitcher's park, that was only over 124 IP. Can he
pitch 200 IP? Will the league catch up to him? His underlying
numbers show some concern with that. He gave up more than a few
HR, Hits, and his SO/W ratio needs some work. Will he be worth
it? Probably. Lots of potential for growth there, but, it's
too early. At the end of next year, he'd still be pre-arbitration and
both would have a better read on the situation.
Hot Payroll Numbers
Actual Contracts Versus SPRO Projections
So how do the actual contracts given out to players this off
season compare to our SPRO Salary Projections, both on the average and
by maximum players per position. Overall, the average salary of
players on the rosters listed, 752 players overall, in the USA Today
Salary Database on April 8, 2013 was $3,980,093. SPRO projections
were $3,968,545. That's a deviation of only 3 tenth of one percent.
And how does it compare to the highest players paid per position.
|$23,000,000||Joe Mauer||C||$18,524,000||Joe Mauer|
|$23,125,000||Mark Teixeira||1B||$22,000,000||Prince Fielder|
|$15,285,714||Chase Utley||2B||$21,982,000||Robinson Cano|
|$29,000,000||Alex Rodriguez||3B||$22,000,000||Miguel Cabrera|
|$16,729,000||Derek Jeter||SS||$14,019,000||Derek Jeter|
|$21,000,000||Vernon Wells||OF||$20,670,000||Matt Holliday|
|$25,000,000||Cliff Lee||P||$22,000,000||Matt Cain|
|Rookie of Year Award|
Jose Fernandez, MIA (NL)
Wil Myers, TBA (AL)
Gold Gloves Awarded
Gold Glove Winners for 2013
Check out our Fielding Ratings to See How They Compare
C - Salvador Perez
1B - Eric Hosmer
2B - Dustin Pedroia
3B - Manny Machado
SS - J.J. Hardy
LF - Alex Gordon
CF - Adam Jones
RF - Shane Victorino
P - R.A. Dickey
C - Yadier Molina
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Brandon Phillips
3B - Nolan Arenado
SS - Andrelton Simmons
LF - Carlos Gonzalez
CF - Carlos Gomez
RF - Gerardo Parra
P - Adam Wainwright
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|Understading MLB Options
players from the Majors to the Minors can be a confusing thing for most
fans, i.e. how long can a player on the 40 man roster be moved up and
down without requiring waivers? For the most part, a player may
be moved up and down for three seasons once they are first placed on
the 40 man roster. That is, assigned to the minors from spring
training through the year as many times as wanted for those 3 seasons.
A little known fact, however, is the 5 minor league season rule,
allowing a player with less than 5 FULL minor league seasons a 4th year
of options. A full minor league season is defined as a season
over 90 days long, i.e. not including short season leagues.
Safeco Field Fences
in and moved down. In 2013, the fences for Safeco Field, one
the least hitter friendly parks in baseball, will move down to an
average 8' (some parts were 16') and the left to center field
fence moved in 4' to 17' at various points.
Collective Bargaining Agreement. Payroll
implications included $480,000 minimum salary in 2012, rising to
$490,000 in 2013, then $500,000, with cost of living adjustments for
Qualifying offer now used to determine Type A Free Agents and
draft pick compensation. In first year with new system, a
million one year offer had to be offered to player to receive pick.
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