New Manager Brad Ausmus hasn’t completely filled out his coaching staff, as of yet. Bench coach Gene Lamont is going to stay on staff, filling the same role as last season, that point was made clear when Ausmus held his introductory press conference.
According to Tigers MLB blogger, Jason Beck, and others, pitching coach Jeff Jones is likely to return, as he has the support of the Front Office and has done a fine job keeping the Tigers staff ranked at the top of the AL stats-wise, and relatively injury free.
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon still is in the mix for the vacant Seattle Mariners managerial post, so his availability to return is at best- up in the air. No other comment has been made on the status of the remaining Leyland coaching staff members.
The Tigers have 17 players from last season’s team that are either Free Agents or Arbitration eligible. For the complete list, click here.
Of that list of 17, these players are not expected to return.
SS Jhonny Peralta
RP Octavio Dotel
C Brayan Pena
RP Jose Veras
IF Ramon Santiago
P Jeremy Bonderman
Free Agent 2B Omar Infante, OF Don Kelly, could come back depending on offers they receive from other teams, or what type of contract they will accept. RP Octavio Dotel could also return if he is willing to sign a minor-league contract, which would option to MLB minimum if he performs well enough. Don’t expect Detroit to sign him to anything but a minor-league contract.
Taking a look at those who are arbitration eligible for Detroit, this is where market value and filling holes comes in.
Expect Fister, Porcello and Scherzer to receive large raises, with smaller ones expected for Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke and Andy Dirks.
The guys at MLBtraderumors.com have put together and anticipated salary scale for the Arbitration Eligible Tigers, to view the complete article, click here.
This is what the salary increase(s) might end up looking like.
That is an increase to the Tigers payroll of $16,320,000. Ready for another ticket price hike, everyone?
That is without the price of a Closer (Benoit??) and whatever salary increase he would command, or bringing in Chris Perez, Joe Nathan, Edward Mujica, Grant Balfour, Kevin Gregg, Brian Wilson or former Tiger Fernando Rodney, all of whom are Free Agent’s.
The 2013 Detroit Tigers salary obligations ($148,693,600) set a franchise record, and just adding the arbitration increases that number climbs to $165,013,600.
Add in the price of a closer, and/or leadoff hitter like Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin Shoo-Choo, and the Tigers payroll could easily approach $200,000,000.
Every MLB team is getting and additional $25M of revenue from TV contracts, and this money will most likely be applied to pay these salary increases, as opposed to invested into the minor league system or other areas.