The nine: Chris Capuano, Mark Ellis, Matt Guerrier, Jerry Hairston, Aaron Harang, J.P. Howell, Ted Lilly, Nick Punto and Juan Uribe. Combined, they will earn $45.9 million this year. (And that doesn't include the final deferred installment of $8.3 million on the regrettable contract with Manny Ramirez.) Three of the nine have 2014 options: Capuano has a mutual option for $8 million or a $1 million buyout; Ellis has a club option for $5.75 million or a $1 million buyout; and Harang has a mutual option for $8 million or a $2 million buyout.
With Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley and Hyun-Jin Ryu under contract for 2014 and Clayton Kershaw under arbitration control (if not an extension), the club figures to trim the roughly $24.5 million being paid this year to Capuano, Harang and Lilly.
It is hoped that by next spring, Minor League starters like Zach Lee, Stephen Fife and Matt Magill will provide less expensive depth.
There is $158.5 million already guaranteed to 11 players for 2014, which doesn't count the $3.6 million final installment of Andruw Jones' contract or option buyouts of $4 million for Capuano, Ellis and Harang.