Re: State of the team next year?
That $79 million is just for the 11 guys who are signed for next year. It doesn't include the arbitration guys. Barring a major trade, you'd have to think Bailey, Leake and Hanigan will be back and with the two pitchers due for slight raises in arbitration I think it is safe to think those three will combine for around $12 million. So now you're up to 14 guys and 91 million. Even if you fill the majority of the other spots with minimum salary guys, you're still looking at only having $10 million or so left to improve the club and stay around 2013 levels.