List of MLB Pitchers Who Make More Than A’s Rotation

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Take a look at the American League ERA leaders and you’ll be seeing a bunch of green and gold.

The trio of Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez has consistently been in the top 10. While I’m the guy who said Milone and Straily “are luxuries to have” those two guys have been inconsistent at best. Milone just threw an 8-inning scoreless gem in Friday’s 8-0 victory in an otherwise meh season and Straily is back down in Triple-A. Tuesday night we finally get to see Drew Pomeranz stretched out for a start in what could be a big boost to the rotation.

What makes this crop of A’s pitchers so extraordinary is the amount of money they make. Or don’t make by today’s standards.

Let’s take a look at the salaries for all six of Oakland’s main starters this year (not including Josh Lindblom who made a doubleheader spot start). All numbers are via Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Scott Kazmir  - $11M (includes $4M signing bonus)

(5-1, 2.28 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 0.97 WHIP, 7.4 K/9)

Jesse Chavez – $775,000

(3-1, 2.44 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 1.01 WHIP, 8.9 K/9)

Tommy Milone  - $510,000

(1-3, 4.54 ERA, 4.78 FIP, 1.35 WHIP, 5.8 K/9)

Drew Pomeranz - $505,000

(2-1, 1.54 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 7.7 K/9)

Dan Straily – $505,000

(1-2, 4.93 ERA, 5.63 FIP, 1.25 WHIP, 8.0 K/9)

Sonny Gray – $502,500

(4-1, 2.17 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 1.15 WHIP)

Total Salary – $13.8 M (technically 13.7975 but whatev)

Just goes to show you how smart the A’s are building their organization. Sonny is pre-arbitration and already dominating the scene, the A’s and Chavez avoided arbitration with what looks to be burglary for the Oakland front office. Meanwhile the trio of Milone, Pomeranz and Straily are basically making the minimum of $500k. That leaves Scott Kazmir with 79.72 percent of the payroll among A’s starters.

Now let’s take a look at all the MLB pitchers making more than $13.8 million in 2014. Six starters or one? There are a lot of elite (and some not-so-elite) pitchers on this list. Hell, even Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will get $14 million for his 2014 season when you include deferred payments.

Oakland’s pitching staff — the AL’s best with a 2.94 ERA, second only to Atlanta (2.66) — is a testament to the organization’s ability to develop arms and spot talent on the cheap (Chavez, Pomeranz, Milone). Carry on, Billy.

(1) $25 mill – Cliff Lee – Phillies

(2) $24 mill – Zack Greinke – Dodgers

(3) $23 mill – CC Sabathia – Yankees

(4) $22.5 mill – Cole Hamels – Phillies

(5) $22 mill – Felix Hernandez – Mariners

(6) $22 mill – Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers (includes $18M signing bonus)

(7) $22 mill – Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

(8) $20 mill – Matt Cain – Giants

(9) $20 mill – Justin Verlander – Tigers

(10) $19.5 mill – Adam Wainwright – Cardinals

(11) $18 mill – Mark Buehrle – Blue Jays

(12) $17 mill – Tim Lincecum – Giants

(13) $16 mill – C.J. Wilson – Angels

(14) $16 mill – Jered Weaver – Angels

(15) $16 mill – Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

(16) $15.75 mill – Josh Beckett – Dodgers

(17) $15.525 mill – Max Scherzer – Tigers

(18) $15.25 mill – John Lackey – Red Sox

(19) $15 mill – Anibal Sanchez – Tigers

(20) $14.5 mill – Jake Peavy – Red Sox

(21) $14.1 mill – Ervin Santana – Braves

(22) $14.25 mill – John Danks – White Sox

(23) $14 mill – David Price – Rays

(24) $14 mill – Rafael Soriano – Nationals (closer; includes deferred payments)

Honorable Mention: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon ($13 mill)

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1 Response

  1. due date says:

    It’s not Rickey Henderson and it’s not Jacoby Ellsbury.

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