Contracts

Contracts

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.

Updated: 1/26/16
Player 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Corey Kluber $4.7M $7.7M $10.7M $13.2M $13.5M $14M
Yan Gomes $2.583M $4.58M $6.03M $7.08M $9M $11M
Jason Kipnis $6.166M $9.167M $13.667M $14.667M $16.5M FA
Carlos Carrasco $4.5M $6.5M $8M $9M $9.5M FA
Michael Brantley $7.375M $8.375M $11M FA    
Josh Tomlin $2.25M $2.5M $3M      
Carlos Santana $8.45M $12M FA      
Rajai Davis $5.25M FA        
Mike Napoli $7M FA        
Bryan Shaw $2.75M A3 FA      
Lonnie Chisenhall $2.725M A3 FA      
Collin Cowgill $1M A3 A4 FA    
Zach McAllister $1.3M A2 A3 FA    
Cody Allen $4.15M A2 A3 FA    
Jeff Manship $765K A2 A3 A4 FA  
Jerry Sands PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA  
Dan Otero PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA  
Danny Salazar PreArb A1 A2 A3 A4 FA
Trevor Bauer PreArb A1 A2 A3 A4 FA
Austin Adams PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Jesus Aguilar PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Kyle Crockett PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Tyler Holt PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
T.J. House PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Roberto Perez PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Jose Ramirez PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Zach Walters PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Abraham Almonte PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Joey Butler PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Kirby Yates PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3 FA
Francisco Lindor PreArb PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3
Cody Anderson PreArb PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3
Giovanny Urshela PreArb PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3
Giovanni Soto PreArb PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3
Shawn Armstrong PreArb PreArb PreArb A1 A2 A3
Guaranteed Minimum $63.57M $50.82M $41.14M $35.61M $5.16M $2.0M
Expected Salary $78.96M $99.37M        

Notes:
  • ‘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.

Comments

Updated 12/22/2015
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.

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