October 13, 2017

Can You Get the Marlins Under $90MM?

Today Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported that the new Marlins ownership wants to trim the payroll to less than $90 million dollars. I knew they were looking to cut payroll, but I found this shocking. They're currently projected to have a $130.5 million dollar guaranteed payroll next year, before figuring in all the pre-arbitration players making league minimum.

To help visualize this, I put together a list of checkboxes you can tick for which Marlins you'd like to trade to get to their payroll target. The payroll at the bottom of the widget will update as you tick the boxes (Looks like it doesn’t show up fully on mobile, sorry.)

And a few notes:

  • Edison Volquez is untradeable. He's hurt and likely won't throw another pitch until his contract is up at the end of next year. Don't tick his box if you're looking for realism. 
  • Wei-Yin Chen was also hurt this year, and has a large guarantee left: $60 million dollars over the next three years. I don't think he can be traded without paying a lot of salary and/or including prospects. 
  • Martin Prado also went through knee surgery this year and has $28.5 million left over the next two years, so I don't see how he's traded without paying down a lot of the salary.

So, with all that being said, who would you trade to get the Marlins under a $90 million dollar payroll? All salaries are based on Roster Resource. An asterisk indicates an estimated salary from arbitration.