Padres News: San Diego’s Projected Payroll For 2015


If there will ever be an ESPN “30 for 30” based on the 2015 Padres off-season, it would go like this. “What if I told you, you could revamp a dormant baseball franchise for less than $100 Million?” Sounds pretty good, right? Considering this franchise has been known to be notoriously cheap since Petco Park opened. It’s been a breath of fresh air seeing this ownership and “rockstar” G.M. A.J. Preller dish out money to win now, not two or three years and see what happens, NOW!

After the official signing of ace pitcher James Shields Wednesday, Shields will get his $10 million in 2015 and the remaining $63 million over the next three years with a Padres $2 million buyout near 2019 and a no-trade clause.

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Going into spring training 2015, the Padres estimated payroll is around $98.7 million based on guaranteed contracts per Jeff Sanders of the U-T San Diego. Those estimates could shift if anyone would be willing to take on Carlos Quentin or Cameron Maybin. That anyone hopefully could be the Tigers with the loss of DH Victor Martinez, who just had successful surgery on a torn ACL and is out four-to-six weeks.

Here’s a breakdown list of the payroll per player:

SP rotation:

James Shields $10 Mil

Ian Kennedy $9.5

Tyson Ross $5.25

Andrew Cashner $4.05

Brandon Morrow $2.5

Relief pitching

Joaqiun Benoit $8 Mil

Shawn Kelley $2.8

Dale Thayer $1.3

Nick Vincent $0.7

Alex Torres $0.7

Kevin Quackenbush $0.5

Brandon Maurer $0.5


Derek Norris $0.5

Tim Federowicz $0.5


Jedd Gyorko $2.0

Yonder Alonso $1.6

Clint Barmes $1.3

Alexi Amarista $1.1

Will Middlebrooks $0.5

Yangervis Solarte $0.5


Matt Kemp $21.25

Justin Upton $14.5

Cameron Maybin $7.0

Will Venable $4.2

Wil Myers $0.5

Bad contracts, low risk and Dodgers Help:

Carlos Quentin $8 Mil

Cory Luebke $5.25

Josh Johnson $1.0

Dodgers portion of Kemp’s salary: $18 Million.

Again, these are projections and some of these could change. After all, “rockstar” doesn’t sleep.

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