What is the price of this years Cincinnati Reds payroll you ask? $112,390,772 million dollars for those of you wondering at home. That ranks the Reds as the 12th most expensive payroll in baseball, one spot ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ranks as the most expensive payroll in baseball, knocking the New York Yankees out of first for the first time in 15 years. The Dodgers payroll for the 2014 season is $235,295,219 million. A number Reds fans can’t even fathom, high payrolls don’t always win championships though.
While the Reds are spending $112,390,772 this season you might wonder who is getting paid what for this season. Good news, we have that as well.
CINCINNATI REDS Joey Votto $12,000,000 Brandon Phillips 11,083,333 Jay Bruce 10,041,667 Johnny Cueto 10,000,000 Homer Bailey 9,000,000 Ryan Ludwick 8,500,000 Aroldis Chapman 7,835,772 Mat Latos 7,250,000 Jonathan Broxton 7,000,000 Mike Leake 5,925,000 Sean Marshall 5,625,000 Manny Parra 2,000,000 Skip Schumaker 2,000,000 Chris Heisey 1,760,000 Alfredo Simon 1,500,000 Logan Ondrusek 1,425,000 Sam LeCure 1,200,000 Ramon Santiago 1,100,000 Jack Hannahan 1,000,000 Brayan Pena 875,000 Zack Cozart 600,000 Todd Frazier 600,000 Devin Mesoraco 525,000 J.J. Hoover 520,000 Pedro Beato 512,500 Tony Cingrani 512,500 Nick Christiani 500,000 Billy Hamilton 500,000 Brett Marshall 500,000 Neftali Soto 500,000
All-Star first baseman Joey Votto tops the Reds player salary list, Votto signed a massive 10-year $250M deal, his $12M a year this season comes as no surprise. Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips comes in at number two on the list with $11,083,333M for the upcoming season. That makes his comments last year about not getting paid even more infuriating, keep the media silence up Brandon.
The biggest surprise is Ryan Ludwick and his $8.5M for this season. An older outfielder with health issues doesn’t need $8.5M a year, granted Ludwick was huge for the Reds in 2012 but a downtrodden injury year in 2013 lowered Ludwick’s value. There isn’t much the Reds could do besides trade Ludwick, but no team would pick him up.
Zach Cozart and Todd Frazier both make $600,000 this season, both players are underpaid as starters but the Reds will wait as long as they can before they sign either to a long term deal.
Billy Hamilton comes to the majors this season for his first full season as a starter. The speedy center fielder will make $500,000 in his first season. Should Hamilton string together back to back goo seasons the Reds will be paying Hamilton a pretty penny in years to come.
As for the overall team salary the Reds are at their limit. Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty have said before they will not over spend in Cincinnati. They will develop their farm system, looking at the roster you can see the team doing that. As long as they field a winner no one will complain.