Bob spent some money last night…
Of course, a few changes since last time:
- Wood’s league-minimum salary is out.
- Marshall’s $3.1 million makes a small dent; Madson becomes the 4th highest paid Red in 2012, nudging ahead of Scott Rolen.
- Last time there was some fudging around bench players and relievers. I don’t pretend to know who will round out the Opening Day roster, but I did limit it to 25 players this time, allowing for two more relievers and three bench players not listed by name.
- Surplus is gone, folks. Can’t say I’m aware of any master plan at this point. Sounds like they still want a cheap veteran OFer.
The Reds clock in at around $86 million as of now, already a 6%-ish increase from last year. Obviously a few million dollars in payroll doesn’t really affect fans directly, but if management is expecting more seats to be filled this year, I hope we can come through. If I was in Cincinnati I’d be looking into some sort of season ticket package as we speak.
UPDATE: So as details around the Madson signing continue to leak out, Mark Sheldon reports that the 2012 figure is only $6 million(!!!), with a mutual option for 2013 of $11 million, and a $2.5 million buyout. That’s $8.5 guaranteed, which is the number I cited above. Not completely accurate, but you get the idea.