Highest Paid - Already Determined
Harang - $2M buyout
Cordero - $12.125M
Rolen - $8.167M
Phillips - $11.188M
Chapman - $3.708M
Masset - $1.545M
Alonso - $1M
Subtotal = $39.733M
Near Minimum ($400,000 - $500,000 range)
Valaika (if on team)
Subtotal = approximately $6M
Arroyo - re-sign him to big contract, or exercise one year option for $11M, or buy him out for $2M?
Hernandez - had a vesting option for $3.25M that kicked in for 2011 if he played in a 120 games or more. Obviously that didn't happen. Not sure if it's still a mutual option or not. Do you bring him back? I think they do because of all of the latino pitchers on the team.
Cabrera - $4M mutual option or $1M buyout if team declines option.
Rhodes - made $2M each of the last 2 seasons. He's a free agent. Do you bring him back or did he wear down as the season went on? Not sure.
Bloomquist - made $1.7M last season. He's a free agent that can play multiple positions. Kind of like a Cairo who can also play the OF. Is he worth it?
Russ Springer - do you sign him to another minor league contract or not? Or does he retire?
Edmonds - gonna be 41 years old and he made $850,000 this past season.
Gomes - $1.75M option for 2011. I think they pick it up.
Cairo - made $500,000 in 2010. He's a free agent.
Corky Miller - made minor league wages in 2010.
Laynce Nix - they declined arbitration on him last year and re-signed him after no team showed interest. Supposedly made the minimum in 2010.
Isringhausen - is he done or bring him back to the minors to see what he has?
Votto - negotiate long term contract now or wait?
Bruce - same as Votto
Cueto - same as Votto
Volquez - I'd wait on Edison to make sure his arm is okay. He only played part of the season so he shouldn't get much of a raise in arbitration.
Bray - Another who came back from surgery. Shouldn't get much in arbitration to hurt the team right now.
Burton - was in the minor's all season long. Might get a paycut. LOL.
Owings - wouldn't surprise me to see them decline arbitration and release him to free agency.
Waiting in the wings.........
Jose Arredondo - will he recover, return to pre-surgery form, and be a factor in the bullpen next season?
Balentein - what are their plans for this guy?
There are alot of questions about this team heading into the offseason.
Team Payroll - always keep in mind we are small market and more than likely will peak at a payroll around $75M - $80M at the most. Arbitration eligible players are biggest factors right now. Arbitration could increase the payroll $20M alone. Based on those locked in for next year with the highest paid contracts and the guys making minimum, this team is already at $46M approximately. Add in another $20M for the arbitration guys and they're around $66M. Then there is a rumor of signing Arroyo long term. That might kick us up to $80M. That leaves zero payroll flexibility unless someone making a bunch of money is traded (Phillips?).