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 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 other players 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.
|Corey Kluber||$1M||$4.5M||$7.5M||$10.5M||$13M||$13.5M||$14M||Signed in 2015, 5Yr/$38.5M|
|Yan Gomes||$1M||$2.5M||$4.5M||$5.95M||$7M||$9M||$11M||Signed in 2014, 6Yr/$23M|
|Jason Kipnis||$4M||$6M||$9M||$13.5M||$14.5M||$16.5M||FA||Signed in 2014, 6 Yr/$52M|
|Carlos Carrasco||$2.34M||$4.5M||$6.5M||$8M||$9M||$9.5M||FA||Signed in 2015, 4Yr/$22M|
|Michael Brantley||$5M||$6.5M||$7.5M||$11M||FA||Signed in 2014, 4Yr/$25M|
|Carlos Santana||$6M||$8.25M||$12M||FA||Signed in 2012, 5 Yr/$21M|
|Nick Swisher||$15M||$15M||$14M||FA||Signed in 2013, 4Yr/$56M|
|Michael Bourn||$13.5M||$14M||$14M||FA||Signed in 2013, 4Yr/$48M|
|Ryan Raburn||$2.5M||$3M||FA||Signed in 2013, 2Yr/$4.85M|
|Gavin Floyd||$4M||FA||Signed in 2014, 1Yr/$4M|
|Mike Aviles||$3.5M||FA||Signed in 2013, 2Yr/$6M|
|Anthony Swarzak||$950K||FA||Signed in 2014, 1Yr/$1M|
|David Murphy||$6M||$7M||FA||Signed in 2014, 2Yr/$12M|
|Scott Atchison||$900K||$1M||FA||Signed in 2014, 1Yr/$900K|
|Marc Rzepczynski||$2.4M||A3||FA||Made $1.375M in 2014|
|Josh Tomlin||$1.5M||A3||FA||Made $800K in 2014|
|Brandon Moss||$6.5M||A3||FA||Made $4.1M in 2014|
|Bryan Shaw||$1.55M||A2||A3||FA||Made $530K in 2014|
|Lonnie Chisenhall||$2.25M||A2||A3||FA||Made $511K in 2014|
|Zach McAllister||$520.4K||A1||A2||A3||FA||Made $505K in 2014|
|Cody Allen||$547.1K||A1||A2||A3||FA||Made $515K in 2014|
|Nick Hagadone||$517.1K||A1||A2||A3||FA||Made $492K in 2013|
|Danny Salazar||PreArb||A1||A2||A3||FA||Made $502K in 2014|
|Trevor Bauer||$1.94M||PreArb||A1||A2||A3||FA||Made $1.183M in 2014|
|Total Under Contract||$86.46M||$71.75M||$75M||$48.95M||$43.5M||$48.5M||$25M|
- Carlos Santana has a $1.2M buyout if the Indians decline his 2017 option.
- Both Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn need to reach 550 plate appearances in 2016 for their 2017 vesting options to be activated.
- Michael Brantley has a $1M buyout for 2018.
- Ryan Raburn has a $100K buyout for 2016.
- Yan Gomes has $1M buyout for both 2020 and 2021.
- David Murphy has a $500K buyout for 2016.
- Jason Kipnis has a $2.5M buyout for 2020.
- Scott Atchison has a $100K buyout for 2016.
- Gavin Floyd can make up to $6M from innings based incentives in 2015.
- Carlos Carrasco has a $662.5K buyout for 2020.
- Corey Kluber has a $1M buyout for 2021 and escalators for each year from 2019 through 2021 that could raise the contract total above $70M.
The Indians are in a unique situation where only two members of the Opening Day roster in 2015 were not on the roster in 2014 (Brandon Moss and Anthony Swarzak) and only three are not under team control for the 2016 season (Swarzak, Gavin Floyd and Mike Aviles). There are also three players, however, who could have their options declined at the end of the season (Ryan Raburn, David Murphy and Scott Atchison) and it wouldn’t be surprising if these players didn’t come back for 2016. Given the rest of the roster, however, the Indians have found their crew and are sticking with them as Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis are under team control through at least 2020 as are the bottom nine players on the list above. In addition, through 2017, the Indians could keep all but nine players under their current contractual situations, losing just Moss among truly important players.
2015 Contract Pie Chart
The chart below shows the distribution of funds by the 2015 Indians to different groups based on position at the start of the 2015 season. Surprisingly, even with the extensions to Kluber and Carrasco, the starting rotation is still the cheapest group, followed by the bullpen, which costs less per man. The second highest group is the one that includes players not on the 25 man roster such as Floyd and Swisher.