Twins’ projected payroll: down almost $5 million

The Associated Press reported the Twins' 2015 Opening Day payroll to be $108,945,000. A look at how the 2016 project payroll compares to that figure:

Joe Mauer $23,000,000

Ervin Santana $13,500,000

Ricky Nolasco $12,000,000

Phil Hughes $9,200,000

Trevor Plouffe $7,250,000

Glen Perkins $6,300,000

Kurt Suzuki $6,000,000

Kevin Jepsen $5,312,500

Tommy Milone $4,500,000

Brian Dozier $3,000,000

Byung Ho Park* $2,750,000

Casey Fien $2,275,000

Eduardo Escobar $2,150,000

Eduardo Nunez $1,475,000

 

Subtotal (14 players) $98,712,500

11 players at MLB minimum ($507,500)** $5,582,500

 

25-player projected total $104,295,000

–$4,650,000

 

* — Does not include $12,850,000 posting fee paid in November to Nexen Heroes for rights to sign Park, or $3,212,500 if prorated over Park’s four-year contract.

** — Actual figure will be higher; like many teams, Twins commonly add modest raises to minimum-salary contracts, a practice that added about $150,000 to their payroll in 2015.