Angels CBT commitments …

Below is a look at what the Angels currently have towards the Competitive Balance Tax payroll for 2015, when the tax threshold will once again be $189 million and first-time offenders will be charged a 17.5-percent tax on the overage. We’ll start with the guaranteed contracts (keep in mind that it’s the average annual value that goes into play here) …

Josh Hamilton: $25M
Mike Trout: $24.08M
Albert Pujols: $24M
Jered Weaver: $17M
C.J. Wilson: $15.5M
Erick Aybar: $8.75M
Howie Kendrick: $8.375M
Huston Street: $7M
Joe Smith: $5.25M
Chris Iannetta: $5.18M
Vinnie Pestano: $1.15M

Total: $141.3M

Now we’ll go to the arbitration-eligible players*, with salaries projected by MLBTradeRumors.com …

David Freese: $6.3M
Gordon Beckham: $5M
Garrett Richards: $4M
Kevin Jepsen: $2.6M
Hector Santiago: $2.2M
Fernando Salas: $1.4M
Cesar Ramos: $1.3M
Collin Cowgill: $900K
Wade LeBlanc: $800K

Total: $24.5M

That puts them at just below $166 million. But we’re not done. We still have to calculate the zero-to-three guys that make up the rest of the 40-man roster, plus allot for benefits and bonuses. There’s no way of getting the exact figure at this time of year (the CBT isn’t calculated until the end of the season). I’ve been told the best way to do it is to just add $20 million to the budget.

And that currently puts the Angels at $186 million.

* The arbitration system is also where teams end up saving money by simply non-tendering players. And from that list, the most likely non-tender is Beckham, which would save about $5 million.

Alden

4 Comments

Do you think it is at all possible to strike a deal with the Marlins involving Howie Kendrick AND CJ Wilson? Miami really wanted him a few years back and were willing to pay him big. Obviously, he is coming off a terrible year but they are looking for a veteran guy for their staff and have been rumored to have some interest in Howie. A dream deal would be Howie and CJ for Henderson Alvarez but I doubt they would part with him and take on that payroll. Another potential deal could be Howie and CJ for Jarred Cosart and Nathan Eovaldi. Could shed some serious payroll and bring in two cheap young arms plus give the Halos some money to spend. Let me know your thoughts.

– John S

No

Only on MLB The Show with force trades turned on

Haha…true but a man can always dream…if force trades are turned on we would need to get Stanton and Fernandez lol

-John S

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