So we'll move on to something a bit more interesting. The annual salary release. Here are the Rapids salaries. The first number is the base salary, the second number is the 2017 guaranteed compensation. Neither one are the true "salary cap" number but that number is usually somewhere in-between the two.
|Da Fonte Mike||D||$65,004.00||$65,004.00|
|Ramirez Juan Edgardo||M||$100,000.00||$100,000.00|
Howard, Gashi, and Doyle only hit the cap at $380K, the rest being covered by TAM and DP money. There are (at least) two caveats. One, we know Minnesota is picking up part of Gatt's salary, reportedly a large part. Second, TAM was used to purchase Boateng so we don't know how much of the $300K plus transfer fee is really hitting the cap.
Assuming Minnesota's contribution cancels out whatever additional Boateng is costing we're at about $3.6M against the salary cap of $3.85M. So we have a bit of wiggle room after the trade with Minnesota. All combined the Rapids have the 9th biggest salary total in the league, which is surprising, especially for the (lack of) quality w'ere getting. Boateng's $300K is higher than I expected, I figured he'd be closer to $200K. Azira got a deserved bump to 6 figures this year. No real surprises anywhere else on the roster.
Some notes from the rest of the league. Burch is making $135K and Cronin $300K this year which makes the trade $100K in our favor plus whatever Minnesota is paying of Gatt's salary. So it did free up cap room, though we have not used it yet. Also Jermaine Jones has the same base salary as last year but LA are giving him and addition $75K guaranteed over last year so somehow after only playing 8 games he got a raise. Its hard to argue with the Rapids not re-signing him given that.