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    Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Since there have been many debates on here regarding payroll - some related to "We can't Afford Adam Dunn", or "we can't afford to sign this guy or that guy" - and many scenarios put out there for contracts, etc. I decided to do some research and put out the most exact details of our Payrolls for 2008 and 2009.
    For reference, the 2007 Payroll is at about $70M - total out pay, including buyouts, cash paid to other teams for trades (LaRue, e.g.), etc.

    These numbers are for people CURRENTLY Scheduled to be on the 2008 and 2009 roster, with Guaranteed salaries OR options. Numbers in Millions.
    I've taken very few liberties - e.g. putting my choice of RP's at/under $500K, including Santos; swapping out Gosling for a Bray or Maj wouldn't change but a few 100K at most. Counting Bailey on the 2008 roster. Votto in, Hatteberg out, etc.


    2008:
    SP
    Harang R 6.500
    Arroyo R 3.950
    TBD
    Bailey R 0.380
    Belisle R 0.480

    RP
    Weathers R 3.000 approx. Salary is 2.75M but due escalators based on innings/appearances
    Stanton L 3.000
    Coffey R 0.925
    Santos R 0.500 approx.
    Burton R 0.380
    Coutlangus L 0.380
    Gosling L 0.380

    OF
    Griffey Jr L 8.447 approx. Annual Salary is $12.5M per year, however most of it deferred ($6.5Mper); ESPN however had his 2007 salary at $8.446M
    Dunn L 13.000 Club Option, $500K buyout
    Freel R 3.000
    Hamilton L 0.380
    Hopper R 0.380

    IF
    Gonzalez R 4.625
    Castro R 0.975
    EE R 0.408
    Phillips R 0.408
    Votto L 0.380
    Keppinger R 0.380

    C
    Ross R 2.250
    Valentin S 1.300 Club Option, 75K buy-out

    TOTAL 2008 PAYROLL 55.807

    Other Options:
    Guardado L 3.000 Club Option, no buyout
    Hatteberg L 1.850 Club Option, 150K buyout

    That leaves you about $15M short of 2007 payroll, and short a SP


    2009:
    SP
    Harang R 11.000
    Arroyo R 9.500
    TBD
    Bailey R 0.380
    Belisle R 0.480

    RP
    CLOSER TBD
    Stanton L 2.5M Club Option, $500K buyout
    TBD
    TBD
    Burton R 0.380
    Coutlangus L 0.380
    Gosling L 0.500

    OF
    Griffey/Bruce 0.400 Bruce + $4M buyout for Griffey, otherwise $12.5M (or 8.446, etc…)
    Dunn L 15.000
    Freel R 4.000
    Hamilton L 0.380
    Hopper R 0.380

    IF
    Gonzalez R 5.375
    Castro R 1.1M $100K buyout
    EE R 0.408
    Phillips R 0.408
    Votto L 0.380
    Keppinger R 0.380

    C
    Ross R 3.500
    TBD

    TOTAL 2009 PAYROLL 53.230
    *Short a back-up Catcher, 2 RP, and a SP
    counting Dunn at $15M and Bruce at 400K


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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Very well done. I didn't realize the Arroyo and Harang raises didn't come into effect until 2009, when Griffey is off the books. Gotta give Wayne a bit of credit for that. This makes it clear in my eyes that Wayne is doing the right thing with Dunn - don't trade him unless you get a huge offer, because Cincinnati certainly can afford him and still have room to add payroll in the offseason.

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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    Very well done.
    I second that. Excellent job, BLEEDS. Hopefully this nonsense about needing to "get rid" of Dunn's contract will end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    I second that. Excellent job, BLEEDS. Hopefully this nonsense about needing to "get rid" of Dunn's contract will end.
    It'll never stop. It's a shame a good player like Dunn getting trashed 24/7 from the people who should be cheering him on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by degenerate10 View Post
    It'll never stop. It's a shame a good player like Dunn getting trashed 24/7 from the people who should be cheering him on.
    Not everyone who supports a trade of Dunn is trashing him. I'm a big Dunn fan but just feel that his $13 million could be spent more wisely. If Bleeds payroll calculations are accurate, then $15 million isn't very much to fix a wreck of a bullpen and to pick up another starter, but $28 million could go a long way. It isn't nonsense at all.

    Again though, I am not advocating trading him away for nothing. If you can't get a good return, keep him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Again though, I am not advocating trading him away for nothing. If you can't get a good return, keep him.
    Fair enough, and I think most Reds fans would agree with that. What's very frustrating is when you get guys like Lance McAlister and others beating the drum of trading Dunn for "a bag of baseballs" - i.e., simply to remove him from the team. If the Reds can trade him for a (some) stud prospect(s) and an MLB ready position player, I'm all for it.

    But to advocate trading him for middling MiL players (simply to get the $13 mill off the books) or, worse yet, not even bothering to pick up his option for 2008 is what I consider nonsense.

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    I would trade Adam Dunn - for Chad Cordero. Cordero's not a FA until 2009, and we might be able to sign him LT. Cordero also is making about $6M less than Dunn.

    The problem is - as my other post shows - it's NOT an easy thing to do to replace Dunn's RUNS CREATED, unless you are DEDICATED to replacing him with a $10-11M FA LF-er - AND go out and get some REAL Pitching, that can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our win total.

    Not a simple thing - versus Keeping Dunn and going and getting some Pitching...

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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Not everyone who supports a trade of Dunn is trashing him. I'm a big Dunn fan but just feel that his $13 million could be spent more wisely. If Bleeds payroll calculations are accurate, then $15 million isn't very much to fix a wreck of a bullpen and to pick up another starter, but $28 million could go a long way. It isn't nonsense at all.

    Again though, I am not advocating trading him away for nothing. If you can't get a good return, keep him.
    28 million would not go along way when you have to also pick up an outfielder to replace dunns offense, which would probably end up costing you more then 13 million. Adam Dunn is not overpriced, if we get an awesome trade offer for him then trade him, but to just trade him to save some money is dumb and its the reason this team hasnt won in a number of years.

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    what is amazing is that Hamilton only makes 380,000...still a rook but amazing none the less
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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Quote Originally Posted by dunner13 View Post
    28 million would not go along way when you have to also pick up an outfielder to replace dunns offense, which would probably end up costing you more then 13 million. Adam Dunn is not overpriced, if we get an awesome trade offer for him then trade him, but to just trade him to save some money is dumb and its the reason this team hasnt won in a number of years.

    It seems like our "small market" has no end of pundits whose best analytic tool is to set some arbitrary salary figure above which a player becomes unaffordable. Their solution is always to trade the guy just to free up the salary. What I find most amazing is that more often than not, these guys don't even try to offer any coherrent concrete plan about who the savings should be spent on to replace the lost capabilities.

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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Quote Originally Posted by dunner13 View Post
    28 million would not go along way when you have to also pick up an outfielder to replace dunns offense, which would probably end up costing you more then 13 million.
    Replacing Dunn's run production is irrelevant if the pitching on this team does not dramatically improve. We've had several seasons now of Dunn's run production coupled with poor pitching and it hasn't worked. During this decade, the Reds have been at the top of the league every year in offensive categories yet continue to lose because their pitching has been at the bottom of the league.

    Adam Dunn is not overpriced, if we get an awesome trade offer for him then trade him, but to just trade him to save some money is dumb and its the reason this team hasnt won in a number of years.
    I agree to an extent. I never said Dunn was overpriced, I think he is fairly paid when considering what the market is bringing for a player of his production. They should only trade him if they get a good return.

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    Where did you get 15 million for Dunn in 2009? I believe in 2008 he has a 13 million option, and then he has no contract in 2009. I suspect that 15 million is what you would expect would be required if we sign him to an extension. You did say this is what would happen if we picked up an option or if the player has a guaranteed salary; but Dunn is not guaranteed a salary by the Reds in 2009. I would appreciate it if you would let us know if that 15 million is what would be expected if we signed him to an extension by 2009, BLEEDS.

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    Dunn making 13 million to be the 4th or 5th best player on this team makes me sad.

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    Re: Reds Payroll, 2008/2009...

    Quote Originally Posted by AmarilloRed View Post
    Where did you get 15 million for Dunn in 2009? I believe in 2008 he has a 13 million option, and then he has no contract in 2009. I suspect that 15 million is what you would expect would be required if we sign him to an extension. You did say this is what would happen if we picked up an option or if the player has a guaranteed salary; but Dunn is not guaranteed a salary by the Reds in 2009. I would appreciate it if you would let us know if that 15 million is what would be expected if we signed him to an extension by 2009, BLEEDS.
    I'm pretty sure you are correct that BLEEDS is making an assumption on what a Dunn extension would take. His deal is over after 2008.

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    Couple questions/comments:

    One: from where did Brandon's .408 figure come from? I know it's a guess, but how educated? It's his first year in arbitration. I'm trying to determine how he'll be compared, but I would think he'd cost much more than .408 mill.

    Two: I think the league minimum salary is .390 next year. That doesn't add up to too much, but wanted to at least correct that.

    Three: I think Weathers will be up to 3.55 after his incentives are met, which I suspect they almost certainly will be.

    Four: Isn't it true that while 6 of Junior's 12.5 salary is deferred, the Reds count the whole total against annual payroll?

    Five: What should we estimate for Cantu for next year? He's also first-year arbitration eligible, I believe. But since he's been awful or in minors most of this year, I suspect maybe his will be darn close to the league min.

    Six: I think Harang is 6.75 next year.

    So...

    The Phillips and Junior thing can GREATLY change the logic and conclusions of this thread.

    I come up with 43.1 million in guaranteed contracts for 2008, accounting for 11 roster spots. If we pick up Dunn and Valentin's options, that's another 14.3.

    That's 57.4 for 13 spots. Plus whatever Phillips will get in arbitration (which again I think will be more than your .408 guess). And Cantu and Belisle are arb eligible too, but I could guess pretty low for them I think.

    Even if we assign league min to the other 9 spots, that's another 3.51, bringing us to a grand total OVER 60 million before arbitration cases. Could Phillips get 3-4 mill? First year arbitration, I don't know.

    Suddenly, we don't have much to get that 4th starter and overhaul the bullpen.

    I have long said on here that, while I'm not a Dunn-hater, I do advocate his trade for the payroll flexibility.

    I think we could find a journeyman starter/innings eater for a decent price. But the bullpen help I think begins and ends with a closer. A real, legit, costly closer. Puts Weathers in the 8th. Slots the younger guys in less pressure roles.

    Yes. Dunn produces. He's a good ball player. We take a step back without him. But I argue that we need his salary to address bigger concerns. We'll score less, but give up less runs in the bullpen.

    Which I think equates to more wins.
    Last edited by I(heart)Freel; 07-29-2007 at 10:04 PM.
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