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Let's take a look at the Mariners' 40-man roster and a glimpse into 2015.

Otto Greule Jr

Today, I'm starting a series of posts reviewing the state of the Mariners' 40-man Roster with a look at the roster as it stands and a look at our salary commitments in 2015.

The Mariners seem to have a little wiggle room to spend on free agents or contract extensions this offseason. The team spent $106.7 million on player salaries in 2014 according to team president Kevin Mather. That number should rise if we're to believe the comments both Mather and GM Jack Zduriencik have made in the past few weeks. According to the data I've compiled and some conservative guess work, the Mariners have around $95 million in committed money next year (that includes a guess at arbitration salaries, team options, buyouts, etc.). That leaves $11 million in unallocated salary plus whatever increase ownership deems necessary to put this team over the edge into playoff contention.

The table below lists all 42 players listed on the 40-man roster (Willie Bloomquist (60-day DL) and Franklin Gutierrez (restricted list) don't count towards the total). All salary information comes via Cots Baseball Contracts.

Pitchers

Age

Org. Level

2014 Salary

2015 Salary

Logan Bawcom

26

AAA

Minor League Contract

Minor League Contract

Joe Beimel

38

MLB

$850,000

Free Agent

Roenis Elias

26

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Danny Farquhar

28

MLB

$510,800

ML Minimum + service

Anthony Fernandez

24

AAA

Minor League Contract

Minor League Contract

Charlie Furbush

29

MLB

$750,000

Arbitration - Year 1

Felix Hernandez

29

MLB

$22,857,143

$24,857,000

Danny Hultzen

25

AAA

$1,700,000

$1,700,000

Hisashi Iwakuma

34

MLB

$6,500,000

$7,000,000 (1M buyout)

Dominic Leone

23

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Lucas Luetge

28

MLB

$508,800

ML Minimum + service

Brandon Maurer

24

MLB

$504,600

ML Minimum + service

Yoervis Medina

26

MLB

$512,600

ML Minimum + service

James Paxton

26

MLB

$503,500

ML Minimum + service

Erasmo Ramirez

24

MLB

$511,800

ML Minimum + service

Fernando Rodney

38

MLB

$7,000,000

$7,000,000

Carson Smith

25

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Taijuan Walker

22

MLB

$502,400

ML Minimum + service

Tom Wilhelmsen

31

MLB

$528,800

Arbitration - Year 1

Chris Young

35

MLB

$1,250,000

Free Agent

Catchers

Age

Org. Level

2014 Salary

2015 Salary

Humberto Quintero

35

MLB

Minor League Contract

Free Agent

Jesus Sucre

26

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Mike Zunino

24

MLB

$504,100

ML Minimum + service

Infielders

Age

Org. Level

2014 Salary

2015 Salary

Willie Bloomquist

37

MLB

$2,800,000

$3,000,000

Robinson Cano

32

MLB

$24,000,000

$24,000,000

Ji-Man Choi

23

AAA

Minor League Contract

Minor League Contract

Brad Miller

25

MLB

$510,100

ML Minimum + service

Jesus Montero

25

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Kendrys Morales

31

MLB

$7,409,836

Free Agent

Logan Morrison

27

MLB

$1,750,000

Arbitration - Year 2

Kyle Seager

27

MLB

$540,100

Arbitration - Year 1

Justin Smoak

28

MLB

$2,637,500

$3,650,000 ($.15M buyout)

Chris Taylor

24

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Outfielders

Age

Org. Level

2014 Salary

2015 Salary

Dustin Ackley

27

MLB

$1,700,000

Arbitration - Year 1

Endy Chavez

37

MLB

$500,000

Free Agent

Chris Denorfia

34

MLB

$2,250,000

Free Agent

Franklin Gutierrez

32

DNP

$1,000,000

Free Agent

Austin Jackson

28

MLB

$6,000,000

Arbitration - Year 3

James Jones

26

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Julio Morban

23

AAA

Minor League Contract

Minor League Contract

Stefen Romero

26

MLB

$500,000

ML Minimum + service

Michael Saunders

28

MLB

$2,300,000

Arbitration - Year 2

Approximate Totals

$102,892,079

$69,057,000

Notes:

  • The difference in total salary in 2014 between the table above and the stated figure from the front office is just 3%, well within acceptable error rates.
  • Pre-arbitration contracts are a bit difficult to figure out. They're based on the major league minimum salary ($500,000 in 2014) plus raises for performance and service time. Each team is responsible for setting these raises -- it's not a standardized scale.
  • The Mariners have seven players headed to arbitration this year, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, Logan Morrison, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson, and Michael Saunders.
  • The $69 million total in the table above includes all players under contract in 2015 plus all players signed to pre-arbitration contracts with a little bit of inflation due to service time raises. The $95 million total stated in the lede includes my own guestimate for arbitration contracts, plus Iwakuma's team option, minus Smoak's option with his contract buyout.

Tomorrow, I'll take a look at the three catchers on our roster, give a recap of how 2014 went for that position group and look ahead to 2015 using Steamer projections from FanGraphs. What else would you like to see in this series? Potential free agents? Minor league players likely to earn major league playing time? Let me know in the comments.