Minnesota Twins 2010 Payroll

Now that all the arbitration figures are in, let's see how payroll breaks down for this summer so far, shall we?

Be sure to hit the FanPosts, where DJSkillz has already started the conversation.

Findings after the jump...

Position

Player

'10 Salary (MM)

C

Joe Mauer

$12.5

1B

Justin Morneau

$14

2B

Nick Punto

$4

3B

Brendan Harris

$1.45

SS

J.J. Hardy

$5.1

LF

Delmon Young

$2.6

CF

Denard Span

$0.45 (e)

RF

Michael Cuddyer

$8.5

DH

Jason Kubel

$4.1

Total

$52.7


That's already about 78% of last year's payroll.  And when was the last time the starting nine had only one player making less than a cool million?

Pos

Name

'10 Salary (MM)

IF

Alexi Casilla

$0.43 (e)

IF

Matt Tolbert

$0.42 (e)

C

Jose Morales

$0.42 (e)

OF

Jason Pridie

$0.40 (e)

Total

$1.67

I've never been opposed to running a team on a budget.  Which is definitely what the Twins aren't doing this year.  But this, if nothing changes from here to opening day, will be your bench.  There are a couple of things to be excited about, but there's not too much you'd want to rely on for a long stretch of time if anyone gets hurt.  Bench depth is still an issue, although it would be helped greatly by bringing in a versatile fourth outfielder, and a second or third baseman that would shift Punto or (more likely) Harris to the bench.

Pos

Name

'10 Salary (MM)

SP

Scott Baker

$3

SP

Kevin Slowey

$0.45 (e)

SP

Carl Pavano

$7

SP

Nick Blackburn

$0.45 (e)

SP

Francisco Liriano

$1.6

Totals

$12.5

Over the next couple of years this rotation will get incrementally more expensive--in fact if the young four are still around in three or four years, this could be a very expensive rotation.

Role

Name

'10 Salary (MM)

CL

Joe Nathan

$11.25

SU

Matt Guerrier

$3.15

SU

Jose Mijares

$0.42 (e)

RP

Jesse Crain

$2

RP

Jon Rauch

$2.9

RP

Pat Neshek

$0.625

Long

Glen Perkins

$0.44 (e)

Totals

$20.365


It might be worth looking up to see how this ranks in terms of the most expensive bullpen in baseball.

Position Players:  $52.7
Bench:  $1.67
Rotation:  $12.5
Bullpen:  $20.365

Total:  $87.235

Of course that total doesn't include guys like Brian Duensing or Clay Condrey (who signed for $900,000), but it's a pretty accurate starting point for where we sit right now.  If this total is accurate, are the Twins done?

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