The Orioles Are Projected To Have The Highest Arbitration Costs In Baseball For 2015

Sports and Bets — November 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm by

The good folks at MLB Trade Rumors have projected the arbitration costs for all 30 teams for the 2015 season, and the Orioles are leading the pack. The Birds are projected to have to spend $56.90 million in order to retain the services of their arbitration-eligible players for the upcoming season. The O’s currently have $52.05 million on the books in guaranteed salary for 2015, so their total payroll obligations add up to $108.95 million, which is the 12th highest in baseball. This is $1.48 million more than last year’s opening day salary of $107.47, which was the highest payroll in franchise history. Here are the numbers for all of the MLB.

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It’s a little concerning to see that the O’s payroll is projected to be so high before adding any free agents with Angelos writing the checks. You gotta hope that the ol’ codger sees that now is the time to spend. He’s got a winning team on the field, his highest attendance in almost a decade, and Major League Baseball is pulling in revenue like never before. 6 of the 10 teams projected to have the highest arbitration costs were playoff teams last year. This is simply the cost of business when you have a good, young core of ballplayers. Guys like Chris Tillman, Zach Britton, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, and Steve Pearce earned their raises through damn strong seasons on the field. Now’s not the time for laps in the vault, Pete.

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Now’s the time to open that wallet, be aggressive in the free agent market, and help bring a World Series title back to Baltimore.

via MLB Trade Rumors
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