Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Opening Day Payroll

USA Today has released their 2015 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries for the rest of the players on the active roster. That is always the final thing needed for the 2015 40-man payroll page. I’ve updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of $91.6 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes:

**The payroll doesn’t account for in-season moves. The Pirates have averaged about $8 M in additional payroll during the season, whether that comes from calling up new guys throughout the year, claiming players off waivers, or adding players via trade. So you can expect the Pirates to end up with a payroll much higher than this, probably close to $100 M.

**Jung-ho Kang’s $5,002,015 posting fee isn’t included in this projection. I wasn’t sure how that was handled with other teams. The Pirates did spend this money, and they did spend it to get a player. In the overall budget, it’s $5 M that they no longer have to spend. But for accounting purposes, I don’t think that’s the type of thing which factors into payroll. If you want to factor it in separately, just add $5 M to whatever amount the Pirates have spent throughout the year.

**The Opening Day payroll doesn’t include projected bonuses. I add those throughout the year when they’re reached.

**I use the 40-man payroll, rather than the 25-man. MLB teams use 40-man numbers, and when you see the official numbers come out at the end of the year, they’re always 40-man numbers. You might think that the minor league salaries drive up the payroll (or at least that’s the common argument). The total of all the minor league guys on the 40-man is about $530,000. As the season goes on, a lot of those minor leaguers will be called up, at which point they’ll be making major league salaries. I always pro-rate the major league salaries when players don’t play a full season.

**The payroll page is updated whenever a move is made. It also keeps track of option years, service time and contract situations. Keep the page bookmarked throughout the year, or find it under the “Rosters” tab at the top of the page. If you want to see long-term contract information, check out the Future Payroll page.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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dr dng

So if someone claims Floriman or Pimentel is that team responsible for the 1/2 million salary?

If they clear waivers they go to Indy and do they still get their 1/2 million salary or their minor league equivalent?

Can either refuse assignment to Indy and declare themselves a free agent?

Dante Moreno

Florimon if I had to guess could elect, Stolmy I doubt

dr dng

If I am Florimon, I’d go to Indy. We have some decent options on the bench, but all have question marks. I’d say he has a real good chance to contribute to the Pirates some time this year, but I am not an expert. (switch hitter, good infield defense and has speed and some experience).

Dante Moreno

interesting, I had heard a rumor that our cap is 105 mil

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