It depends what the budget is but I would guess we should be around 95 next year. I have looked it all over but I believe it would be around 25 million. We lose 15 from Greinke,12 from Krod, 10 from wolf, 5 from Gonzalez, and a couple from the appearent losses of Nyger, Loe, Parra, or Veras whoever goes. The raises from Braun, Gallardo, Hart, Weeks, and arbitration player would eat 10-15ish so that leaves around 25-30. Also you have to keep in mind raises of Braun, Gallardo, LuCroy, and others for the future. We have 25 or so to spend this year but in a couple years we might only have 20 or so to spend and like 10 spots to fill. Just because we can afford Hamilton this year doesn't mean we can afford him in 3 years or we will end up like the twins. That's why Prince couldn't stay.
Last edited by jay87shot; 10-12-2012 at 04:07 PM.
And I wouldn't be surprised to see our payroll dip lower than that this year too. For the most part, our offensive lineup is set. There's really no reason to spend more than 1-2 mill on a bench player who can play multiple positions. Then we'll sign some relievers, but spending more than $5 mill on any one reliever generally doesn't turn out all that well. So we'll probably sign one or two decent relief pitchers to decent contracts, but nothing huge. Then we'll most likely add a veteran starter to the mix, maybe $8-10 mill there, plus a few bench type players. So I'm thinking we're spending $15ish million this year in free agency and cut the payroll a bit.
I think they'll get down to around $85-90 million unless there's a lot of drastic moves to try to guarantee contending. All they really need to get is a true utility infielder that can play short especially and shore up the bullpen beyond Axford. Yes, I'm keeping Axford as the closer. The bullpen fixes should be a bunch of cheap pieces.