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Orioles payroll to fall significantly in 2019 -

A year ago, the Orioles’ Opening Day payroll was $148.57 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. estimates that this year’s Opening Day payroll will be just under $83 million.

Gone are Adam Jones ($17.3 million), Manny Machado ($16 million), Zach Britton ($12 million) and Darren O’Day ($9 million). Jones was on the final year of a six-year contract. O’Day has a year remaining on a four-year deal, and Machado and Britton were in the final years of club control.

Brad Brach ($5.16 million), Kevin Gausman ($5.6 million) and Jonathan Schoop ($8.5 million) were also dealt.

Brach, Britton, Gausman, Machado, Schoop, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph were eligible for arbitration. Beckham, who signed with Seattle on Thursday, and Joseph were non-tendered by the club Nov. 30.

Even though general manager Mike Elias has a relatively light load for arbitration (his former team, the Houston Astros has 10 arbitration-eligible players), his work constructing the 2019 Orioles is hardly over.

The team has commitments to only Chris Davis, who will earn $23 million in the fourth year of a seven-year contract,  [emphasis added] and Alex Cobb, $14 million in the second year of a four-year deal, beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:17 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DFA Posted: January 12, 2019 at 02:53 AM (#5804878)
4 more years of Chris Davis! Thanks again, Brady!
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 12, 2019 at 08:31 AM (#5804881)
Maybe with that extra $165,570,000 they can treat everyone who showed up for their final 2018 home stand to a week in Antigua. They'd still have plenty of money left over.
   3. Belfry Bob Posted: January 12, 2019 at 12:04 PM (#5804898)
Boy...$83M doesn't buy you what it used to.
   4. jingoist Posted: January 12, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5804905)
Certainly not when 25%+ goes to one guy, and he has recently posted an historically negative OWAR for a full season starter.
The Orioles ownership has done to baseball what the current Redskins owner has done to pro football in the DC area.
A pox on both their houses!
   5. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 12, 2019 at 01:29 PM (#5804909)
While I can't say that the new O's management will be good, they are replacing a group that made some awful decisions (whether at the behest of ownership or not) and the team's more recent moves are much more reasonable.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 12, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5804914)
Perhaps with all the money saved on payroll, the Orioles will finally be able to meet their contractual obligations to the Nationals under the MASN deal.
   7. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 13, 2019 at 06:48 AM (#5805021)
Just looking at the 2018 Orioles BBRef page -- the guy who finished 3rd on the team in WAR was a reliever who threw 32.2 innings. That's not good.

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