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Milwaukee Brewers 2017 Payroll Projection: Update 1

It’s gone down since our first look.

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Last season according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Milwaukee Brewers opened the year with the league’s lowest payroll at just a shade under $64 mil. That figure was the lowest that the Brewers have seen since 2007 and was the first time the Opening Day payroll was below $80 mil since 2008.

One month ago, we posted our first projection for the Brewers' payroll in 2017. Since then, the Brewers have made several minor moves on the fringes of the roster that won't really affect the payroll outlook, but they also made the rather significant move of designating Chris Carter for assignment, effectively bringing his tenure in Milwaukee to an end and throwing out his projected $8.1 mil salary for 2017. In his stead, the Brewers have signed Eric Thames to a multi-year deal to play first base. With those moves in the books, here is what the payroll situation looks like as of today:

Ryan Braun $19,000,000 Martin Maldonado $1,600,000 Junior Guerra $507,500 Tyler Thornburg $2,200,000
Keon Broxton $507,500 Eric Thames $4,000,000 Zach Davies $507,500 Carlos Torres $2,000,000
Domingo Santana $507,500 Scooter Gennett $3,000,000 Chase Anderson $3,100,000 Jimmy Nelson $507,500
Kirk Nieuwenhuis $1,600,000 Orlando Arcia $507,500 Matt Garza $12,500,000 Jhan Marinez $507,500
Michael Reed $507,500 Jonathan Villar $507,500 Wily Peralta $4,400,000 Tyler Cravy $507,500
Hernan Perez $507,500 Corey Knebel $507,500
Yadiel Rivera $507,500 Jacob Barnes $507,500
Andrew Susac $507,500
$22,122,500 $11,137,500 $20,507,500 $6,737,500

Total: $60,505,000

There are a few caveats to this chart, of course:

  • Ryan Braun ($4 mil) and Matt Garza ($2 mil) both have deferred money in their contract which will be paid out at a later date.
  • Arbitration-eligible players Nieuwenhuis, Maldonado, Gennett, Anderson, Peralta, Thornburg, and Torres do not yet have their 2017 salaries officially set so the figures provided are projections from MLB Trade Rumors. Not all of these players are guaranteed to have their contracts tendered, either.
  • The MLB league minimum is $507,500 and has been assigned to all pre-arbitration eligible players, though ultimately many of those players will make a small amount over the league minimum (for example, last season Jonathan Villar made $512,900).
  • Pre-arb roster spots aren't set in stone, but they don't really affect the main topic of this post. So if you don't like Michael Reed or Tyler Cravy or whoever being on this list, swap them out for another pre-arb player. It won't affect the payroll projection.
After the move to swap out Eric Thames for Chris Carter, Milwaukee's payroll projection for next season dropped by about $4.1 mil down to about $60.5 mil. There's still plenty of time for that to change, however. The non-tender deadline is coming tomorrow and could spell the end of a couple players' tenures in Milwaukee, and of course there could be a free agent signing or trade that would move things around. But for now, the Brewers project for an even lower payroll next year than the league-low total that they carried in 2016.

Contract information courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts
Arbitration projections courtesy of
MLB Trade Rumors