Tampa Bay Rays Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

The Rays are one of six teams that are projected to spend over $30 MIL in Arbitration Eligible Players along with the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, New York mets Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals all will likely pay more in totality than the Rays for 2016.

The Rays are one of six teams that are projected to spend over $30 MIL in Arbitration Eligible Players along with the Baltimore O’s, Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals all will likely pay more in totality than the Rays for 2016.  The team will only have around a $70 MIL payroll for the coming year.  Don’t look for them to add that many pieces either with drawing just under 1.3 Million fans in 2015 – the worst attendance figure in the Major Leagues.   The club has won at least 80 games a year since 2008, and still they can’t draw at Tropicana Field.

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The Rays only have four players on current contracts so far this winter, but they also only stand to lose 2 players after the 2016 year in James Loney and Logan Morrison.

Tampa has 3 players in the 1st year of Arbitration and 5 guys in the 2nd Year of Arbitration.  The 2nd year guys include Jake McGee, Logan Forsythe and Alex Cobb – all could be added with 1st Year ARB player Drew Smyly as distinct trade candidates.

Already having 5 pending Free Agents in 2018 has to be in the minds of the management.  All of them will not end the 2016 year on the Roster in my view.

Morrison and Loney both may not reach opening day as both being on the Roster either.

In my view, Evan Longoria could end up being the MVP of any of the next few years. The man is still just 28 years of age. With a deeper lineup this campaign, he could go back to his 100 RBI+ years, and still maintain his 30+ If the Third Baseman plays the next 7 years for the club, he will earn at least $97.5 MIL for the duration. There is that 2023 Team Option that would tack on another $8 MIL to the future earnings for the 8th season.

If the Third Baseman plays the next 7 years for the club, he will earn at least $97.5 MIL for the duration. There is that 2023 Team Option that would tack on another $8 MIL to the future earnings for the 8th season.  Longo 3 slashed .270/.328/.435 with 21 HRs and 73 RBI in 2015.

Evan Longoria‘s deal is still relevant to the amount of money being paid to Free Agents for his position.  His production continues to wane every year, however he is the franchise.

If the Third Baseman plays the next 7 years for the club, he will earn at least $97.5 MIL for the duration.  There is that 2023 Team Option that would tack on another $8 MIL to the future earnings for the 8th season.

Extending Chris Archer before he took off was another stroke of genius by the management.  He is set to make $41.9 MIL over the next 6 years if the club picks up all of his Team Options.

The Rays gave Matt Moore that kind of extension early in his career.  They have one more year left with him at $5 MIL, before 3 straight Team Options occur.

The year by year Team Options were a great move that Andrew Friedman had instituted with guys like Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields, and Ben Zobrist in the past, so having Archer and Moore in the fold for the next four years is decent.

For the rest of the Rotation:  Alex Cobb is 2 years from being a Free Agent – and Drew Smyly is just 3 years away.  Expect one of these two guys to be traded.

If the club doesn’t think they can compete in 2016 – or struggles in the 1st half, than Jake McGee will likely be made available right away.

I don’t expect the Rays to take on much in salary – and they should challenge the Padres and A’s for the lowest payroll in the Majors next season.

At least the small market club is not eating any money on bad deals.  They can ill afford to ever make a bad mistake with a big contract.  Heck, even a Free Agent signing is always risky.

Guaranteed Contracts/POS/AGE:

Evan Longoria 3B (30):  Still only makes $11.5 MIL in 2016. $13 MIL in 2017, $13.5 MIL in 2018, $14.5 MIL in 2019, before it goes to $15 MIL in 2020, $18.5 MIL in 2021, $19.5 MIL in 2022.  There is a $13 MIL Team Option in 2023 for $13 MIL – with a Buyout of $5 MIL.

Chris Archer SP (27):  Makes $2.9 MIL in 2016, $4.9 MIL in 2017, $6.4 MIL in 2018, $7.7 MIL in 2019.  There are 2 straight Team Options in 2020 and 2021 for $9 MIL and $11 MIL respectively.

Matt Moore SP (27); Moore makes $5 MIL in 2016 before 3 straight Team Options kick in with incentives and Buyouts.

Team Option in 2017 for $7 MIL – or a $2.5 MIL Buyout. If Moore pitches 600 innings from 2014-16, his 2017 salary would increase by $500,000.

2018 Team Option is $9 MIL.  salary would go up by $250,000 each for 85 starts or 570 innings from 2015-17, 90 starts or 600 innings and 95 starts or 630 innings.

2019 Team Option $10 MIL. salary would increase by $500,000 each for 98 starts or 600 innings from 2016-18 and 66 starts or 400 innings from 2017-18.

James Loney 1B (32) The First Baseman makes $9.7 MIL and could be trade bait at any point in the next 8 months.

Total Money for this Category – $29.1 MIL.

Arbitration Eligible/POS/AGE

1st Year

Drew Smyly SP (27):  Is projected to make $3.9 MIL in 2016 and has 2 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2019.

Brandon Guyer OF/PH (30):  Is projected to make $1.3 MIL in 2016 and has 2 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2019.

Erasmo Ramirez SP (26):  Is projected to make $3.9 MIL in 2016 and has 4 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2020.

Total Money for this Category – $8.0 MIL:  Total Team Payroll – $37.1 MIL.

2nd Year

Hank Conger C (28):  Is projected to make $1.8 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Alex Cobb SP (28):  Is projected to make $4.0 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Rene Rivera C (32):  Is projected to make $1.6 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Desmond Jennings CF (29);  Is projected to make $3.1 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Logan Forsythe INF (29):  Is projected to make $3.2 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Jake McGee RP (29):  Is projected to make $4.7 MIL in 2016 and has 1 years left of Arbitration afterwards before becoming a Free Agent in 2018.

Total Money for this Category – $18.4 MIL:  Total Team Payroll – $55.5 MIL

3rd Year

Logan Morrison 1B ($4.1 MIL):  Is projected to make $1.8 MIL in 2016 and is a Free Agent after the season ends.

Total Money for this Category – $4.1 MIL:  Total Team Payroll – $59.6 MIL-

Buried Contracts/Minors

Dana Eveland SP (33)

Jonny Venters RP (31)

Total Money for this Category – $0.4 MIL:  Total Team Payroll – $60.0 MIL

Entry Level Contracts POS/AGE

Brad Boxberger RP (28):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2017 – 2019 and a Free Agent in 2020.

Brad Miller SS/2B (26):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2017 – 2019 and a Free Agent in 2020.

Danny Farquhar RP (28):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2017 – 2019 and a Free Agent in 2020.

Xavier Cedeno RP (29):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2017 – 2019 and a Free Agent in 2020.

Jake Odorizzi SP (26): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2017 – 2019 and a Free Agent in 2020.

Tim Beckham 2B/SS (26): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Kevin Kiermaier CF (26): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Chase Whitley SP (27):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Alex Colome SP/RP (27): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Nick Franklin INF (25): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Steven Souza RF (25);  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Steve Geltz RP (28):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Curt Casali C (27): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Matt Andriese SP/RP (26):  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Andrew Bellatti RP (25): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Enny Romero RP (25): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Richie Shaffer PH/DH/1B (25): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Mikie Mahtook OF (26): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Ryan Brett 2B/PH (24): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Luke Maile C (25): Is Arbitration Eligible in 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Total Money for this Category -$8.0 MIL:  Total Team Payroll – $8 MIL.

Chris Archer is set to make $41.9 MIL over the next 6 years with the club if he makes all the Team Options. Archer will hit his afe 27 year coming off his best season as a pro. He led the AL with 34 Game Starts, logged 212 Innings, and fanned 252 batters - which was good for 2nd in the American League. Archer made his 1st ALL - Star Game and finished 5th in AL Cy Young Voting.

Chris Archer is set to make $41.9 MIL over the next 6 years with the club if he makes all the Team Options. Archer will hit his afe 27 year coming off his best season as a pro. He led the AL with 34 Game Starts, logged 212 Innings, and fanned 252 batters – which was good for 2nd in the American League. Archer made his 1st ALL – Star Game and finished 5th in AL Cy Young Voting.

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