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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Estimated 2011 Dodger payroll approaching $110 million

The estimated 2011 Dodger payroll is approaching $110 million.

This includes deferred payments. Why does this include deferred payments? Because if you don't include deferred payments, then you're never accounting for those payments being made. The fact that some of those payments are going to players no longer on the team doesn't mean they're not part of the player payroll.

The Dodgers are paying Manny Ramirez this year, even though he is no longer part of the team. But it's not like those payments shouldn't count. Not only were they an investment in the 2009-10 pennant pursuits, they have an impact on what's going on today.

We can debate endlessly about the wisdom of all Dodger contracts, but don't let anyone try to tell you that the Dodger payroll is in the $90 million neighborhood right now. It's simply not true.

Footnote: The Dodger 40-man roster needs to lose a player, or perhaps more accurately, the Dodgers need to tell us who they've dropped. There are currently 41 players listed.

* $25,500,000Starting pitchers (5)
 $8,000,000Hiroki Kuroda
 $7,500,000Ted Lilly
*$6,000,000Chad Billingsley
 $3,500,000Jon Garland
*$500,000Clayton Kershaw
* $13,780,000Relief pitchers (7)
 $7,000,000Jonathan Broxton
*$2,000,000Hong-Chih Kuo
 $2,000,000Vicente Padilla
 $1,500,000Matt Guerrier
*$430,000Blake Hawksworth
*$430,000Ronald Belisario
*$420,000Kenley Jansen
  Other pitchers on 40-man roster (9)
  Scott Elbert
  John Ely
  Javy Guerra
  Brent Leach
  Jon Link
  Carlos Monasterios
  Travis Schlichting
  Ramon Troncoso
  Luis Vasquez
* $46,620,000Starting lineup (8)
 $12,000,000Rafael Furcal
 $9,250,000Andre Ethier
 $6,950,000Matt Kemp
 $5,250,000Casey Blake
 $5,000,000Juan Uribe
*$4,500,000James Loney
 $3,250,000Rod Barajas
*$420,000Xavier Paul
* $5,245,000Bench (5)
 $2,500,000Jamey Carroll
 $1,000,000Dioner Navarro
 $675,000Tony Gwynn, Jr.
 $650,000Jay Gibbons
*$420,000Chin-Lung Hu
  Other players on 40-man roster (7)
  Ivan De Jesus
  A.J. Ellis
  Hector Gimenez
  Jamie Hoffmann
  John Lindsey
  Russ Mitchell
  Trayvon Robinson
* $17,350,000Also paying
*$7,700,000Manny Ramirez
 $3,500,000Juan Pierre
*$3,375,000Andruw Jones
 $1,500,000Jason Schmidt
 $1,000,000Vicente Padilla
 $150,000Brad Ausmus
 $125,000Octavio Dotel
*Estimate$108,495,000GRAND TOTAL

Some of the above figures are estimates. Research for this chart was based in part on Cot's Baseball Contracts and True Blue L.A.