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2006 Cubs payroll

 Now that all the arbitration cases have been finalized, the Cubs now have an official 2006 payroll. Well, until someone gets traded anyways, which is very likely to happen with a couple pitchers, cuz obviously the Cubs just have too many. IF Wood and Miller can come back healthy, that'd push Williams and Rusch into the pen (or trade 1 or both) setting up a trade of Ohman or Novoa or for both to be sent down to Iowa (wouldn't effect overall payroll if sent down)and both have options left, I believe. Anyway, I'm confusing it but here's what I got for payroll, for this exact moment (excluding max incentives):

Pitchers:

Wood............$12,000,000
Maddux............9,000,000
Zambrano..........6,500,000
Dempster..........5,000,000
Howry.............4,000,000
Eyre..............3,200,000
Prior.............3,650,000
Rusch.............2,750,000
Miller............1,000,000
Ohman...............650,000
Novoa...............330,000
Williams............330,000
Wuertz..............330,000

Total for Pitchers: $48,740,000

Catchers:

Barrett...........$4,000,000
Blanco.............1,500,000

Total for Catchers: $5,500,000

Infielders:

Ramirez............$10,500,000
Lee..................9,420,000
Perez................2,500,000
Walker...............2,500,000
Hairston.............2,300,000
Cedeno.................330,000

Total for Infielders: $27,050,000

Outfielders:

Pierre..............$5,750,000
Jones...............$4,250,000
Mabry...............$1,080,000
Murton.................330,000

Total for Outfielders: $11,410,000

Total team payroll: $93,200,00

 So, if the Cubs live up to their word of putting the extra revenue created over the last couple seasons,back into the team, that should leave enough for an addition at the ASB.
  Ofcourse it's a little silly to post a teams season payroll before Pitchers and Catchers have even report (bored), but especially silly with a team like the Cubs, where their roster is FAR from set. The Cubs still don't have a legitimate backup 3rd Basemen (no I don't consider Mabry a viable option for that role) or 5th OF. Could Walker and Wellemeyer be packaged for a backup 3rd (and 1st) basemen and a bench OF??? It would solve a couple question marks.

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