Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Rapids Player Salaries

With the final approval of the CBa yesterday the Union released the player salaries.

Alvarez Carlos 70,000.00 70,000.00
Badji Dominique 50,000.00 50,000.00
Berner John 60,000.00 60,000.00
Burch Marc 110,000.00 110,000.00
Burling Bobby  132,500.00 140,000.00
Calvert Caleb 65,000.00 72,500.00
Cronin Sam  202,500.00 200,000.00
Doyle Kevin 1,125,000.00 1,170,000.00
Eloundou Charles 60,000.00 65,000.00
Greenspan Joseph 50,000.04 50,000.04
Hairston Marlon  80,000.00 103,000.00
Harrington M  130,000.00 130,000.00
Irwin Clint  85,000.00 97,000.00
LaBrocca Nick 160,000.00 180,000.00
MacMath Zac  130,000.00 130,000.00
Moor Drew 258,500.00 270,500.00
Newnam Ben  60,000.00 60,000.00
O'Neill Shane  64,998.00 76,498.00
Pittinari Lucas  190,000.00 210,000.00
Powers Dillon  245,000.00 275,000.00
Ramirez Juan  75,000.00 75,000.00
Riley James  77,500.00 83,750.00
Sanchez Vicente 210,000.00 286,666.67
Sarvas Marcelo  360,000.00 425,000.00
Serna Dillon 60,000.00 73,000.00
Sjoberg Axel  60,000.00 75,000.00
Solignac Luis  65,004.00 65,004.00
Torres Gabriel 262,000.00 274,500.00
Watts Jared  60,000.00 60,000.00

The first number is the base salary, the second is the 2015 guaranteed compensation.  The salary cap number is usually somewhere in between.  Some thoughts:
  • The Rapids are 13th of the 20 teams in 2015 guaranteed compensation.
  • Doyle is the 19th highest-paid player in the league.
  • The top 20 salaries equal about 3.3 million against a salary cap of almost 3.5 million this year.  Not included is whatever we're  paying in transfer fees for Torres and Ramirez or what we're buying down with allocation money.  So there's a little wiggle room but not much.  We're up against the roster cap as well.  Any move will pretty much require us to free up salary and roster space.
  • Cronin at 200K and LaBrocca at 160K is exactly what I feared when we signed both of them.  That's way too much to be paying for two of the same player.
  • In fact if you add in Sarvas and Pittinari we're paying 910K for 4 defensive/holding mids.  Not a smart use of our cap money.
  • Irwin makes 50K less than MacMath.
  • Powers got paid!  He deserves it.
  • I'm surprised Ramirez is only at75K.  Solignac at 65K is also surprisingly low.
  • For the first time maybe ever I don't look at these salaries and go "We're paying X how much?!?!?". The closest is probably Pittinari. There are some players (LaBrocca, MacMath) who are probably getting fair salaries for their talent level and experience but don't belong on our roster, but there's nobody that's just being grossly overpaid like Mwanga or Folan in the past.

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