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Cardinal Payroll Bits

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 7:52 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals | United Cardinal Bloggers
Payroll is always a big topic, but especially this week as things start to take their final shape for spring training 2009.

First off, VEB had up a new roster matrix yesterday.  Which looked all well and good and that there was some room in the payroll for an addition of someone like Ben Sheets until the release of the arbitration numbers for Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick came out.  Ankiel was offered by the club basically what was estimated on the matrix, though of course he might win his case and get $3.3 million instead.  (With a gap of less than a million, I'd think there are strong odds they'll come up with a contract somewhere in the middle.)

Ludwick, though, put in a $4.25 million request and the club offered $2.8.  The club offer is $1 million over what the roster matrix says.

So we take the $89.25 and give Ankiel $0.3 and assume Ludwick settles for $1.7 more than they've already been accounted for.  That'd give a payroll of $91.25.  Add in the extra $150K that Brad Thompson signed for yesterday and we're at $91.40.  Boy, giving $7 million to Joel Pineiro is going to hurt the Cards this year, isn't it?

If I'm counting right, the VEB matrix includes 26 people.  I don't know if the payroll would include, say, Brian Barton even if he's playing in Memphis.  No matter, it looks like the Cardinals are getting close to their limit, but they still seem to have a little money left.  A backloaded Sheets contract should be within their reach.

Feel free to ask John Mozeliak about any of these issues in today's chat.  I'll be away from my computer today so I'll have to check the transcript this evening.  And don't forget, Derrick Goold on UCB Radio Hour tonight!


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Ankiel will probably get something closer to $3.25M and Ludwick $4M. Lohse got a signing bonus which counts against 09 of $1.25M bringing his total to $8.375M. Royce Ring signed for $475K. Miller has a base but has easy incentives to reach such as performance bonuses: $0.2M each for 40, 45, 50, 55 games; $0.225M each for 60, 65 games; $0.23M for 70 games. Villone pitched in 74 games last year so he could easily reach them all. Hitting them all will add another $1.48M to the budget and I bet the Cardinals budgeted it out that way. Brad Thompson got $650K not $500K. Mulder had a buyout of $1.5M and Spiezio had one of $100K.

That adds up to $7.9M unaccounted for on the Matrix raising true payroll level to $97.155MM. With last years payroll at $99.6M we don't have a lot left to spend.

Daniel, and others,

I am writing to apologize for a screwup on my end and an AWOL from tonight's Radio Hour. Here I was sitting at the laptop working on a blog for tomorrow and one last Baseball America update before heading off on vacation ... and I completely missed this essential email in my box: The one that told me all about getting in touch with UCB. That's poor form, and I cannot apologize enough.

I hope to make it up to the fine organizers of the Radio Hour and the great innovators that have strengthened the UCB ... If they'll still have me.

Again, my apologies. I'm sure the show was better without me mucking up the conversation about today's interesting (to put it mildly) chat with Mozeliak.

Best,

Derrick

No problems, things like this happen. We'll have you on later in the year. You just may owe us 30 minutes instead of 15 then! :)

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