There are many ways to gauge the health of a Major League organization, including payroll and farm system. One other is to take the temperature of the current 25-man roster in terms of how long each player is under contract and how many aren’t yet threatening to earn real money that could rob flexibility from the team’s payroll.
Consider where the most win value is coming from when perusing the table below. The Mariners are getting amazing value out of Marco Gonzales, James Paxton, Edwin Diaz and Mitch Haniger, for example, and control their core younger players for at least two years after 2018, but aren’t tied to many players beyond 2020 (Only Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Jean Segura have guarantees as deep as 2021).
For context, here are the club’s salary commitments for the next five years (options may alter figures below):
*option for following season
0-3: Following the 2018 season, is the player still in 0-3 mode, which means pre-arbitration?
OWED: Guaranteed dollars on current contract
C: Club-controlled contract, pre-arbitration
ARB1: 1st-year arbitration eligible after 2018
ARB2: 2nd-year rbitration eligible after 2018
ARB3: 3rd-year arbitration eligible after 2018
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