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. Light blue means a player is under contract for that season, while dark blue represents an option year. Dark red blocks represent pre-arbitration seasons of team control and bright red blocks represent arbitration eligible seasons. Numbers in italics are projections from MLBTradeRumors.
- ‘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.
- Also included in the guaranteed minimum for 2016 is $5M to Atlanta to cover the contract of Nick Swisher. This number could be $10M depending on how much was paid in 2015.
- 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.
Thanks to the youth of the roster, only three players, Davis, Napoli and Tomlin, are set to become free agents at the end of the 2016 season and only three more, Santana, Shaw and Chisenhall the next year. Given the strong predilection for avoiding free agency, expect a couple of those six to be traded or offered extensions prior to their contracts end as only Santana has the value worth throwing a qualifying offer at.