Where the Angels’ payroll stands …
The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, signing the 28-year-old right-hander to a $1.81 million contract and essentially putting a bow on Jerry Dipoto‘s financial obligations.
So, with help from the folks at Cot’s Contracts, here’s a look at the Angels’ financial obligations for 2013 …
Vernon Wells: $24,642,857
Josh Hamilton: $17,400,000
Jered Weaver: $16,200,000
Albert Pujols: $16,000,000
C.J. Wilson: $11,500,000
Howie Kendrick: $9,100,000
Erick Aybar: $8,750,000
Jason Vargas: $8,500,000
Joe Blanton: $6,500,000
Chris Iannetta: $5,050,000
Scott Downs: $5,000,000
Alberto Callaspo: $4,500,000*
Tommy Hanson: $3,725,000
Sean Burnett: $3,625,000
Ryan Madson: $3,500,000**
Jerome Williams: $2,000,000
Those 17 contracts add up to $147,174,107.
Left are eight players in the 0-3 service-time range. The Major League minimum, per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, is $490,000 in 2013. It’s up to the club, but some players — most notably Mike Trout, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year — will probably be given more than that.
If we average it out and say the remaining eight players will each make $500,000, that’s $4 million, putting the Angels’ payroll at roughly $151,00,000. Though, as mentioned below, there are some conditions …
* Callaspo’s two-year deal is for exactly $8.975M, though I’m not sure how much of that he’ll make this season.
** Madson’s contract could reach up to $7 million with incentives.
*** Bonuses will be added based on All-Star Game appearances, awards, etc.