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So How Much Money is Left?

The Braves were rumored to have ~$40 million dollars to work with at the beginning of the offseason. With Lowe, Kawakami, Ross, and arbitration raises, how much is left? A quick visit to Cot's Baseball Contracts and a calculator finds we might have a pretty good chunk left. Here's the list:

Derek Lowe - $15 million
Tim Hudson - $13 million
Javier Vazquez - $11.5 million
Chipper Jones - $10 million
Kenshin Kawakami - $8.3 million
Rafael Soriano - $6.1 million
Brian McCann - $3.5 million
Mike Gonzalez - ~$3.0 million arb
Casey Kotchman - ~$3.0 million arb
Kelly Johnson - ~$2.0 million arb
Omar Infante - $1.85 million
David Ross - $1.4 million
Matt Diaz - $1.2 million
Jeff "I wish I accepted that long-term deal now" Francouer - ~$1 million
Greg Norton - $0.8 million
Manny Acosta - $0.4 million
Josh Anderson - $0.4 million
Jeff Bennett - $0.4 million
Gregor Blanco - $0.4 million
Blaine Boyer - $0.4 million
Jorge Campillo - $0.4 million
Buddy Carlyle - $0.4 million
Yunel Escobar - $0.4 million
Jair Jurrjens - $0.4 million
Anthony Lerew - $0.4 million
Boone Logan - $0.4 million
Peter Moylan - $0.4 million
Eric O'Flaherty - $0.4 million
Martin Prado - $0.4 million

Mr. Calculator tells me that's ~$87.25 million for next year. Our payroll was $102 million last year and we were promised and an increase in payroll. We'll be generous with the amount increase and assume that the promise still holds with $105 million budget. That's ~$17 million dollars to work with. That's a legimate outfield bat and resigning Ohman and Glavine with some room. Dare I say we have one more big move?

 

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