2012 Cubs Payroll

This will replace last year’s payroll page that can be found on the menu. Last June we looked at what the Cubs payroll would be in 2012 and Matt Swartz has calculated a way to project arbitration salaries so I figured I’d add those in. I’ll update this page when necessary. I refuse to include Koyie Hill. I can’t imagine any scenario in which he’ll remain on the Cubs 40-man roster so instead of having to update it later, I went ahead and got rid of him now.

Pitchers DOB B/T Ht Wt 2012 2013 2014
Alberto Cabrera 10/25/88 R-R 6’4″ 210
Esmailin Caridad 10/28/83 R-R 5’10″ 195
Chris Carpenter 12/26/85 R-R 6’4″ 220
Andrew Cashner 09/11/86 R-R 6’6″ 200
Casey Coleman 07/03/87 L-R 6’0″ 185
Ryan Dempster 05/03/77 R-R 6’2″ 215 14
Rafael Dolis 01/10/88 R-R 6’4″ 215
Matt Garza 11/26/83 R-R 6’4″ 215 8.7 arb 4
John Gaub 04/28/85 R-L 6’2″ 210
Scott Maine 02/02/85 L-L 6’3″ 215
Carlos Marmol 10/14/82 R-R 6’2″ 215 7 9.8
Sean Marshall 08/30/82 L-L 6’7″ 220 3.1
Marcos Mateo 04/18/84 R-R 6’1″ 220
James Russell 01/08/86 L-L 6’4″ 200
Jeff Samardzija 01/23/85 R-R 6’5″ 225
Kyle Smit 10/14/87 R-R 6’3″ 170
Randy Wells 08/28/82 R-R 6’5″ 230 2.2 arb 2 arb 3
Carlos Zambrano 06/01/81 S-R 6’5″ 270 18
Batters DOB B/T Ht Wt 2012 2013 2014
Jeff Baker 06/21/81 R-R 6’2″ 210 1.4 arb 3
Darwin Barney 11/08/85 R-R 5’10″ 180
Marlon Byrd 08/30/77 R-R 6’0″ 245 6.5
Tony Campana 05/30/86 L-L 5’8″ 165
Welington Castillo 04/24/87 R-R 5’10″ 210
Starlin Castro 03/24/90 R-R 6’0″ 190 arb 1 arb 2
Steve Clevenger 04/05/86 L-R 6’0″ 195
Tyler Colvin 09/05/85 L-L 6’3″ 210
Blake DeWitt 08/20/85 L-R 5’11″ 195 1.2 arb 3
Bryan LaHair 11/05/82 L-R 6’5″ 240
DJ LeMahieu 07/13/88 R-R 6’4″ 205
Lou Montanez 12/15/81 R-R 6’1″ 195
Geovany Soto 01/20/83 R-R 6’1″ 220 4 arb 3
Alfonso Soriano 01/07/76 R-R 6’1″ 195 18 18 18

The red text is Matt Swartz’s projected figures. Swartz came up with a total for these 5 of $17.5 million. Based on projected figures back in June, it was $30 million. My own estimates totaled $21.3 million. My estimate was .3 million high on Garza and .1 million high on each of Baker and DeWitt. I estimated $6 million for Soto and my estimate is way off of Swartz’s projection for Wells. After the last half of Wells season, I don’t see how he gets more than what Swartz projected. Soto may get a bit more than $4 million. We’ll use Swartz’s numbers until it’s settled.

The Cubs have $66.6 million in guaranteed contracts for 2012. Including the arbitration eligible players takes it up to $84.1 million for 11 players. The other 14 players on the roster aren’t free. At the very least they’re league minimum players. That’s a total of $5.6 million. The players on the 40-man, but not on the active roster are paid $50,000 so that’s a total of $750,000.

The grand total is $90.5 million. Unless the Cubs trade some players, that is the bare minimum that they’re payroll would be in 2012.

Carlos Pena is paid $5 million next year so that has to be included. The Cubs 2012 payroll, as of right now, is $95.5 million. The Cubs payroll the last 3 years has been between $134 million and $144 million. Some additional money this year (and last) will be diverted into the draft and additional amateur talent. The $134 million payroll last season is probably the maximum that it would be this year. The Cubs are paying more money for people in the front office so that’s a factor. My guess is that it will be about $125 million. That leaves the Cubs with $30 million to spend this offseason.


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