Here are the Indians color coded contractual considerations. From top to bottom, players that have signed long term contracts are listed first, followed by the arbitration eligible players in order of experience, ending with pre-arbitration eligible players. Players on 25 man roster, but not listed, are pre-arb. In general it can be assumed that pre-arb players will make between $500 thousand (referred to as $500K from now on) and $600K. All players with available salary information will have their contract values posted. The majority of the numbers come from Cot’s Baseball Contracts and baseball-reference.
A light blue square means a player is under contract for that season, while a dark blue square represents an option year. Dark red blocks represent pre-arbitration seasons of team control and bright red blocks represent arbitration eligible seasons. Minor League options for each player are listed in the first column. Option numbers come directly from the Cleveland Indians Media Guide.
- ‘Guaranteed Minimum’ for each season includes only guaranteed money. Buyouts, but not options, arbitration projections or pre-arbitration values.
- Chris Johnson was DFA’d, but is still owed $7.5M in 2016, $9M in 2017 and $1M in 2018. These numbers are reflected in the totals for each year.
- Carlos Santana has a $1.2M buyout if the Indians decline his 2017 option.
- Michael Brantley has a $1M buyout for 2018.
- Yan Gomes has $1M buyouts for both 2020 and 2021.
- Jason Kipnis has a $2.5M buyout for 2020.
- Carlos Carrasco has a $662.5K buyout for 2020.
- Corey Kluber has a $1M buyout for 2020 and 2021 and escalators for each year from 2019 through 2021 that could raise the contract total above $70M.
- Josh Tomlin has a $750K buyout for 2018 and has escalators that could raise his three year deal to $12M based on total starts and innings.
Much more evenly distributed, the above pie chart shows the break down of Indians contracts by player with all eight pre-arbitration players combined together. With the unwieldy amounts owed to Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn removed, everyone on the roster is being paid between $500K and $9M and, in general, the most valuable veteran players are being paid the most money.
While the six players under long term deals and the long list of players in arbitration and pre-arbitration will see pay raises in 2017, the Indians could actually decrease pay-roll as $16M is owed to free agents on single year deals. Carlos Santana also has an interesting situation as the team holds a $12M option for next season (a bargain for a player of his quality), but is a free agent after that season. Other than him, Bryan Shaw and Lonnie Chisenhall, each player that was with the Indians in 2015 and is still with the team is under control for both 2017 and 2018.