A Look At The 2017 Detroit Tigers Payroll

detroit-tigers-logo-old-school-hittingDetroit went in to the off-season with the intention of cutting payroll, getting younger, and starting to rebuild a minor league system that consistently ranks in the bottom third of the league.  None of that happened of course and what we have is a team that in teetering on the luxury tax line.  With all arbitration cases settled at this point, the Tigers will move into spring training with a payroll around $194.2MM, plus a handful of Pre-Arbitration guys who cost between $500k and $525K per and will add a few more million on the books.  Don’t forget to tack on the $6MM owed to Texas  for a now retired Prince Fielder as well.

The starting infield will cost a cool $46.6(ish)M this year, led by Miguel Cabrera’s $28MM, followed by Ian Kinsler at $11MM, Jose Iglesias $4.1MM, Nick Castellanos at $3MM, and James McCann in Pre-Arb and will make around $525k

The outfield is a bit cloudy, but start with Justin Upton’s $22.14MM, J.D. Martinez’s $18MM, and a Pre-Arb player of around $500k and you get about $40.64M.

Add in Victor Martinez at $18MM and bench guys like Alex Avila ($2MM), Andrew Romine ($1.3M) and a mix of Pre-Arb guys will bring this group up to close to $23MM

The rotation which is a bit of a mystery in regards to the 5th starter, pans out like this…Justin Verlander $28MM, Jordan Zimmermann $18MM, Michael Fulmer $500k(ish), Daniel Norris $525K(ish), and let’s call it Anibal Sanchez ($16.8M), when in reality it will be more like Matt Boyd.  With Sanchez mixed in to this group, it would put the rotation at $63.825 and if it was Boyd, it would look more like $47.525M

The bullpen will need to work itself out as well, but if we start with Francisco Rodriguez ($6MM), Mike Pelfrey ($8MM), Mark Lowe ($5.5MM), Justin Wilson ($2.7M), Alex Wilson ($1.1M), Bruce Rondon ($800K), and two Pre-Arb guys, it would cost Detroit around $25.1M

For those keeping track, that’s:

Infield: $46.6M

Outfield: $40.64M

DH/Bench: $23MM

Starting Rotation: $63.8M

Bullpen: $25.1M

Prince Fielder: $6MM

All I can say is for this amount, this team needs to produce…

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