Toronto Blue Jays Payroll
Earlier in the season, we wrote a story of the Blue Jays â€œBig Fourâ€, and their salaries. With the signing of Frank Thomas, the big four now becomes the big five. Letâ€™s look at the upcoming salary structure for these five players in 2007 & 2008.
Hereâ€™s a quick clip of what we said a few months back.
Â â€œThe Blue Jays currently have four players locked into large, long term contracts. The players are Troy Glaus, Roy Hallady, BJ Ryan, & AJ Burnett. The table below illustrates the â€œbig fourâ€™sâ€ combined salaries this, and the next couple of upcoming seasons.
Year Big Four 2006 $27,950,000 (Rest of the roster: $43,950,000) 2007 $40,400,000 2008 $44,500,000
As the table shows, this season the big four are making $27,950,000 this season, while the rest of the roster making $43,950,000. This is due to structure of BJ Ryan and AJ Burnettâ€™s contracts, as Ryan only counts for $4 million against this years team salary, and AJ accounts for only $2.2 million. Starting next year and heading into the future, both players salaries will increase significantly, with both players making over $10 million a season by 2008.â€
That was then, this is now. Letâ€™s add in the Big Hurtâ€™s contract (weâ€™re going to count his signing bonus as salary), turing the big four into the big five;
In 2006, the rest of the roster (outside of the big four) made $43,950,000. I think that this would again be a safe projection, as this number will include Vernon Wells, arbitration cases such as Overbay & Johnson, and any other possible free agent signings. That would bring the total to around $95 million for 2007.