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The Angels’ 2017 payroll outlook is getting clearer

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It’s October and Angels fans are already in full on sports hibernation, or we’re going over any tantalizing or thought provoking bits of info that we can already tell about 2017. Today, my mind is on payroll, and with some new projected arbitration salaries, the overall picture is getting cleared up.

First of all, we know who is coming off the books:

Those are the Angels’ 2017 free agents in total, and we’re mostly not going to miss too many of these guys, but most people, I assume, are going to be pulling for Weaver to get himself another deal with the Angels, if only for one year. How much would the even offer him, though, and would Weaver feel insulted if/when it’s a meager sum?

Now, who do they currently have set to receive money from the Halos in 2017? These guys, that’s who!:

Oh, and they’re paying this guy money still, so there’s that:

(All of the info above found through Spotrac’s Angels page)

That all adds up to $84,476-190 in active payroll for 2017, and $26,410,000 in retained payroll. Add ‘em up and we got $110,886,190.

Most of that was stuff that’s been discussed around these parts, no new curveballs there. Today, though, we can take a look at the arb guys, thanks to MLBTradeRumors’ projected arbitration salaries. This is their 6th year in a row doing these projections, and they’re nice to have if one wants to open up the team salary can of worms.

Here’s their quick primer for looking over the projections they came up with:

As explained here, Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors have developed an accurate model to project arbitration salaries. This is the sixth year we’ve done these projections, and I’m proud to present the results for 2017. The number in parentheses next to each player is his estimated Major League service time (Years.Days) through 2016 (172 days constitutes a full year of Major League service, per the collective bargaining agreement).

Service time data, the Super Two cutoff, and the 2017 MLB minimum salary are not yet official or known. We’re using 2.125 for the Super Two cutoff to be safe (more on thathere) and $508K for the MLB minimum. Once official Super Two and service time information becomes available, we’ll update this post.

Alright, so here’s what they came up with for the Angels:

  • Andrew Bailey (5.034) – $1.9MM
  • Garrett Richards (4.148) – $7.0MM
  • Shane Robinson (4.124) – $600K
  • Kole Calhoun (3.130) – $6.9MM
  • Matt Shoemaker (2.166) – $3.8MM
  • Cory Rasmus (2.155) – $700K
  • Tyler Skaggs (2.134) – $1.3MM
  • Brett Oberholtzer (2.127) – $1.0MM

So, taking those numbers and adding to 2017’s current active and retained payroll, and we are looking at $134,086,190. It’s going to be interesting what they do in the offseason, to say the least. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eppler continue to be on that frugal Moreno leash, but with a ho-hum free agent class, is that a bad thing?

Let’s hear your thoughts on the Angels money situation as it stands right now. Who is going to be brought back into the fold, if anyone? Thoughts on those arbitration salaries?