Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/24/13
In the Diamondbacks’ post-Jerry Colangelo existence payroll has always been a consideration in roster construction just as it is with nearly every other team in the majors. Although one of the rare exceptions resides within the Diamondbacks’ division there is some good news when it comes to competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They won’t come anywhere close to the Dodgers-record $230million payroll from this season but the Diamondbacks are expected to increase their spending again perhaps even getting into the nine-figure range next year for the first time in more than a decade. Last year after the surprise signing of outfielder Cody Ross the Diamondbacks’ payroll came in around $90million. “I think we’ll be above that definitely above that” Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said. Even up to $100 million? “Possibly could be” Towers said. The extra money should be useful. With several players due significant increases in their salaries next year the Diamondbacks are already on target to exceed their 2013 payroll. Second baseman Aaron Hill will go from $5.5million in 2013 to $11million in 2014. Third baseman Martin Prado will get a $4million raise to $11million. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy’s salary goes up to $9million. With no changes to their starting lineup rotation and bullpen from this year to next roughly the same group of players will be due close to $95million for 2014 when arbitration raises are included. That number would drop closer to $93million if left-handed reliever Tony Sipp is non-tendered as expected. But that estimate also leaves out infielders Eric Chavez and Willie Bloomquist both free agents and doesn’t factor in a full array of bench players. So if the Diamondbacks are going to look to make any major additions — you know like acquiring Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price or paying big dollars for a free agent — they might have to get creative to make it happen. “I think it depends on who the player is” Towers said. “It could help to move some salary that we have that’s currently on our roster to give us a little more flexibility so we could go after more of a big-time free agent but I think we have to wait to see which players are out there and what the acquisition cost will be.
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