Mariner contract status
Players with contracts
Last updated November 11, 2006 Name
$10m paid in 2005
$6m paid in 2006*
Players under team control
Players released or traded with the team picking up salary
Notes on this table
These numbers came from published press accounts of contracts. Year figures are base salary and not salary + incentives, or salary + pro-rated signing bonus. This is why the totals don’t agree with the numbers the Mariners will use, as when they say “payroll of $x” they have (at least in the past) meant “all base salaries plus possible incentives and bonuses, plus sometimes pro-rated signing bonuses or not, plus other stuff.” In some cases, it does not agree with other published accounts (see ESPN.com’s salary page, for instance). Without knowing how these other sources calculate their numbers, there’s not much to be done about the differences. Players under team control are, as far as we can so far determine, not yet eligible for arbitration and must accept any valid contract the team gives them. Dollar amounts are estimated. Minimum MLB salary for 2005 is $316,000 and the M’s could give all of these players minimum contracts, though it is unlikely.
In most cases, the guys who are headed to arbitration will be offered and take compromise contracts before they actually get to arbitration.
The * section
Beltre: total value of the contract is $64m, -14m in 2005, so 50m/4 = 12.5m. The PI reported “the remaining four years each at $11 million to $12 million” but without a detailed estimate of the final years, I’m going with the easy division here.
Everett: club option for 2007 or $600,000 buyout. Seattle Times reported the option vested with modest triggers. It’s likely for about 2006’s salary.
Ibanez: likely paid in 2004
Lawton: Incentives could push this to $1.65m
Moyer: $1m in possible incentives for 2006
Pineiro: distribution of dollars, signing bonus unknown
Sexson: generally reported as “a signing bonus” but the PI reported it was payable in 2006. I’m going with the PI until it’s refuted.
Spiezio: team option for 2007. No, really.
Ichiro: payment schedule of signing bonus unknown, distribution of remaining contract value assumed here as even through life of contract
Jarrod Washburn: contract reported as 4y, $37.5m. No signing bonus or distribution information’s available.