Dissecting the payroll increase

Published: Jan 23, 2010 12:45 PM

The Twins opened 2009 with a payroll of slightly over $65 million. They are currently in a position to open 2010 with a payroll around $90 million. Since the J.J. Hardy for Carlos Gomez trade, this offseason has been void of any big moves. With so little activity, clearly the payroll increase came by way of raises to existing players. Here's how it breaks down:

  • $7.0 million: Carl Pavano was not with the Twins on opening day 2009, but was paid a prorated $4.35 million last year. The Twins signed him to a 1-year $7 million deal for 2010.
  • $4.6 million: J.J. Hardy will get paid $5.1 milliion, and was traded for Carlos Gomez, who made $438k last year.
  • $3.4 million: Justin Morneau's salary increases from $11.6 to $15 million.
  • $2.25 million: Scott Baker gets a raise to $3 million from $750k.
  • $2.0 million: Joe Mauer's salary increases from $10.5 to $12.5 million.
  • $1.8 million: Michael Cuddyer's salary increases from $7.6 to 9.4 million
  • $1.6 million: Matt Guerrier will make $3.15 million in 2010 compared to $1.48 million in 2009
  • $1.5 million: Delmon Young will make $2.6 million compared to $1.15 million in 2009
  • $1.35 million: Jason Kubel's salary increases from $2.75 to $4.1 million
  • $1.2 million: Francisco Liriano gets a raise to $1.6 million from $430k in 2009
  • $1.0 million: Brendan Harris will see an increase from $460k to $1.45 million

All that totals $27 million. Of course, the Twins also dumped some payroll by dropping guys like Mike Redmond, Joe Crede and Luis Ayala.


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Jackwell's Gravatar Jackwell
Jan 23, 2010 02:42:33 PM

I thought the Twins had Jesse Crain signed for something like $2.1 million. I don't think any team would sign him for $5m.....

Joe's Gravatar Joe
Jan 24, 2010 02:29:20 PM

Crain signed for about 2 million, not for 5.1 million.

Kris's Gravatar Kris
Jan 24, 2010 04:17:57 PM

Thanks, Jackwell and Joe for correcting me; he is going to make about $2 million this year, a small increase from his 2009 salary.

I have removed him from the list. I realized I also left Scott Baker off initially, and he has been added now.

steve's Gravatar steve
Feb 17, 2010 09:30:48 AM


^^2010 MLB Power Rankings

Al's Gravatar Al
Mar 14, 2010 02:10:28 PM

Ouch! What an unfortunate turn of events with Nathan. Does management go out and unload more money on another closer, or hope someone already on the roster steps up in convincing fashion?

Bob's Gravatar Bob
Apr 30, 2010 09:46:00 PM

For that kind of money you'd think somebody from China or India would show up to pitch!

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