The Cubs Payroll for 2009 and Beyond

With the recent struggles and the delay of the ownership change, many are concerned about how the team can and will move forward this season. According to many reports the Cubs payroll for 2009 is set around the $140 million mark. Until the Ricketts Family is in charge many are concerned the Cubs will not have room to add the players they need for this season.

So while the rumors begin to swirl, here are the numbers for this season and beyond.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently has 36 players on it with three on the 15-day DL (Aramis Ramirez, Chad Fox and Rich Harden). There has been a lot of talk centering on the fact the Cubs need to make changes with Aramis Ramirez out of action until at least the All-Star break and the CCO was asked to publish the current contracts of the players on the Cubs’ big league roster.

So while bantering back and forth on which players the Cubs can and cannot trade, keep in mind what they are owed and when they will become free agents…but most importantly which of the Cubs’ high-priced players have full no-trade clauses in their contracts.

Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio – $405,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Mitch Atkins – $400,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Justin Berg – $400,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Neal Cotts – $1.1 million in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009 season
  • Ryan Dempster – $8 million in 2009 – Signed through 2011 with a player option for 2012
  • 2010 – $12.5 million
  • 2011 – $13.5 million
  • 2012 – $14 million
  • *After 2009 Dempster will have 10-and-5 rights and the Cubs will have to have permission in order to trade him.
  • Chad Fox - $575,000 in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009
  • Kevin Gregg – $4.2 million in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009
  • Angel Guzman – $421,500 in 2009 – Arbitration Eligible in 2010
  • Rich Harden – $7 million in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009
  • Kevin Hart - $407,500 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Aaron Heilman – $1.625 million in 2009 – Arbitration eligible in 2010 – Becomes Free-Agent following 2010
  • Ted Lilly – $12 million in 2009 – Signed through 2010
  • 2010 – $12 million
  • Carlos Marmol – $575,000 in 2009 – Arbitration Eligible following 2009 – Eligible for Free Agency following the 2012 season
  • Sean Marshall – $450,000 in 2009 – Arbitration Eligible in 2010
  • Marcos Mateo – (no financial information available)
  • David Patton – Major League minimum – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Jeff Samardzija – $1.6 million – Signed through 2011 with club options for 2012 and 2013 – Full No-Trade Clause
  • 2010 – $1.6 million
  • 2011 – $1.6 million
  • Jeff Stevens – $400,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Randy Wells – $402,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Carlos Zambrano – $17.75 million in 2009 – Signed through 2012 with a vesting player option for 2013 – Full No-Trade Clause for entire length of contract
  • 2010 – $17.875 million
  • 2011 – $17.875 million
  • 2012 – $18 million
  • 2013 – $19.25 million (becomes a player option if Zambrano is first or second in the 2011 Cy Young vote or if he finishes in the top 4 of the 2012 Cy Young vote and is healthy at the end of the 2012 season)

Catchers

  • Koyie Hill – $475,000 in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009 season
  • Geovany Soto – $575,000 – Automatic Renewal in 2010 – Arbitration Eligible in 2011

Infielders

  • Mike Fontenot - $430,000 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Ryan Freel – $4 million in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009 season – Orioles pays remainder of Freel’s contract for 2009 – terms of trade involving Joey Gathright is Cubs pay remainder of Gathright’s contract for 2009
  • Micah Hoffpauir – $407,500 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Derrek Lee - $13 million in 2009 – Signed through 2010 with a Full No-Trade Clause
  • 2010 – $13 million
  • Aaron Miles – $2.2 million in 2009 – Signed through 2010
  • 2010 – $2.7 million
  • Aramis Ramirez – $15.65 million in 2009 – Signed through 2010 with a Full No-Trade Clause through 2010 – Player Option in 2011, Club Option in 2012 – $1 million bonus if traded after 2010 – Ramirez can opt out of his contract following the 2010 season
  • 2010 – $15.75 million
  • 2011 – $14.6 million (player option)
  • 2012 – $16 million (club option with a $2 million buyout)
  • Bobby Scales – Major League Minimum – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Ryan Theriot – $500,000 in 2009 – Arbitration Eligible in 2010 – Eligible for Free Agency following the 2012 season

Outfielders

  • Milton Bradley – $5 million in 2009 – Signed through 2010 with a Vesting Option for 2011
  • 2010 – $9 million
  • 2011 – $12 million option that vests after 75 games played in 2009
  • Jake Fox – $401,500 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Kosuke Fukudome – $11.5 million – Signed through 2011
  • 2010 – $13 million
  • 2011 – $13.5 million
  • Sam Fuld – $401,500 in 2009 – Automatic Renewal in 2010
  • Reed Johnson – $3 million in 2009 – Becomes Free Agent following 2009
  • Alfonso Soriano – $16 million in 2009 signed through 2014 with a Full No-Trade Clause
  • 2010 – $18 million
  • 2011 – $18 million
  • 2012 – $18 million
  • 2013 – $18 million
  • 2014 – $18 million

Other Financial Commitments for 2009

  • Luis Vizcaino – $3,287,432 (includes remainder of $500,000 buyout for 2010)
  • Chad Gaudin – $2 million
  • Jason Marquis – $875,000
  • Joey Gathright – $800,000
  • Paul Bako – $178,279
  • Richie Robnett - $400,000
  • Brad Snyder – $405,000

Source: Cot’s Baseball Contracts
Transactions Glossary – Cot’s Baseball Contracts

Please keep in mind financial information can vary from source to source. Cot’s Baseball Contracts is known to have the most accurate contract information available.

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