The following is my measurement of the Cardinals’ projected Opening Day 2014 payroll. Roster spots are filled with the most likely internal candidate until news otherwise comes out. Transactions that affect the Opening Day roster are listed below. Arbitration estimates by MLB Trade Rumors.
11/22 – Cardinals trade David Freese and Fernando Salas for Peter Bourjos
11/24 – Cardinals sign Jhonny Peralta to a 4 year, $53 million deal
12/2 – Cardinals non-tender John Axford.
12/16 – Cardinals sign Mark Ellis to a 1 year, $5.25 million deal
|Pos||Player||Salary||Notes (FA after)|
|C||Yadier Molina||15.200||2nd year of 5 year contract (2017 + opt)|
|1B||Matt Adams||~0.500||2nd year of team control (2018)|
|2B||Kolten Wong||~0.500||1st year of team control (2019)|
|SS||Jhonny Peralta||15.500||1st year of 4 year contract (2017)|
|3B||Matt Carpenter||~0.500||3rd year of team control (2017)|
|LF||Matt Holliday||17.000||5th year of 7 year contract (2016 + opt)|
|CF||Jon Jay||3.250||1st year of arbitation (2016)|
|RF||Allen Craig||2.750||2nd year of 5 year contract (2017 + opt)|
|C||Tony Cruz||~0.500||3rd year of team control (2017)|
|IF||Daniel Descalso||~1.200||1st year of arbitration (2016)|
|IF||Mark Ellis||5.250||1st year of 1 year contract (2014)|
|OF||Peter Bourjos||1.200||1st year of arbitration (2016)|
|OF||Shane Robinson||~0.500||3rd year of team control (2017)|
|SP||Adam Wainwright||19.500||1st year of 5 year contract (2018 + opt)|
|SP||Jaime Garcia||7.875||3rd year of 4 year contract (2015 + opt)|
|SP||Lance Lynn||~0.500||3rd year of team control (2017)|
|SP||Shelby Miller||~0.500||2nd year of team control (2018)|
|SP||Michael Wacha||~0.500||1st year of team control (2019)|
|LHP||Randy Choate||3.000||2nd year of 3 year contract (2015)|
|LHP||Kevin Siegrist||~0.500||1st year of team control (2019)|
|RHP||Jason Motte||7.500||2nd year of 2 year contract (FA)|
|RHP||Trevor Rosenthal||~0.500||2nd year of team control (2018)|
|RHP||Seth Maness||~0.500||1st year of team control (2019)|
|RHP||Joe Kelly||~0.500||3rd year of team control (2017)|
|RHP||Carlos Martinez||~0.500||1st year of team control (2019)|
|ARBITRATION (Est.)||~1.200||1 arbitration case|
|TEAM CONTROL||~6.500||13 team control|
- I don’t factor in contract buyouts as I consider that a previous season expense.
- I don’t factor in salary obligations to cut players (such as Ty Wigginton in 2014) as I consider that a previous season expense.
- I don’t factor in deferred compensation as I expect that is budgeted elsewhere.
- Any players with guaranteed contracts who are on the disabled list to start the season will be counted, as opposed to those who are minimum wage players who will not be.