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Rockies 2017 Opening Day payroll sets franchise record

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Looks like Dick Monfort has made good on his promise to increase payroll

The Opening Day payroll for the Colorado Rockies in 2017 is nearly $128 million, according to a report released by Forbes. The payroll—which is $127,943,571, to be exact—represents a 13% increase over last year’s payroll ($113,244,571) is the 16th highest payroll in Major League Baseball. The league is awash in money, with total 2017 payroll topping $4 billion across all 30 teams.

It should come at no surprise that the Los Angeles Dodgers $225 million payroll is the highest in the league, even though that represents nearly a 4% decrease from 2016. The Rockies’ Opening Day opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers, have the lowest payroll in the league in 2017 at $60,810,090—less than half of the Rockies’ payroll.

Early this offseason, Rockies owner Dick Monfort promised the team would be increasing payroll 2017 and he has clearly made good on that promise. This offseason the team spent over $100 million total to sign free agents Ian Desmond (who will make $8 million in 2017), Mike Dunn ($4 million in 2017), and Greg Holland ($7 millon in 2017, plus incentives).

The 13% increase in payroll from last year is the seventh largest payroll increase in MLB and makes the Rockies one of only 10 teams with a double-digit increase. The Marlins (+60%) had the largest increase while the Padres (-40%) had the largest decrease.

You can view all of the Rockies’ salary commitments at Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Colorado Rockies Opening Day Payroll

COLORADO MLS thru '16 season Updated 4/17 salary + p-r bonus
COLORADO MLS thru '16 season Updated 4/17 salary + p-r bonus
Pos'n ML Srv Length / Total Value 2017
Gonzalez, Carlos rf 8.059 7 yr/$80M (11-17) $20,428,571
Arenado, Nolan 3b 3.155 2 yr/$29.5M (17-18) $11,750,000
Desmond, Ian 1b-of 7.027 5 yr/$70M (17-21)+22 cl opt $8,000,000
Parra, Gerardo lf 7.145 3 yr/$27.5M (16-19)+20 opt $8,000,000
Blackmon, Charlie cf 4.102 1 yr/$7.3M (17) $7,300,000
Holland, Greg rhp-c 5.028 1 yr/$7M (17)+18 v opt $6,000,000
McGee, Jake lhp 5.127 1 yr/$5.9M (17) $5,900,000
LeMahieu, D.J. 2b 4.128 2 yr/$7.8M (16-17) $4,800,000
Chatwood, Tyler rhp-s 5.039 1 yr/$4.4M (17) $4,400,000
Dunn, Michael lhp 6.079 3 yr/$19M (17-19)+20 opt $4,000,000
Qualls, Chad rhp 12.058 2 yr/$6M (16-17) $3,750,000
Lyles, Jordan rhp 5.021 1 yr/$3.175M (17) $3,175,000
Ottavino, Adam rhp 5.087 3 yr/$10.4M (16-18) $2,100,000
Reynolds, Mark 1b 9.138 1 yr/$1.5M (17) $1,500,000
Amarista, Alexi 2b-ss 5.040 1 yr/$1.25M (17)+18 cl opt $1,100,000
Bettis, Chad rhp-s 2.096 1 yr/$0.545M (17) $545,000
Rusin, Chris lhp-s 2.092 1 yr/$0.545M (17) $545,000
Adames, Cristhian ss 1.052 1 yr (17) $540,000
Anderson, Tyler lhp-s 1.065 1 yr (17) $540,000
Diaz, Jairo rhp 1.064 1 yr/$0.54M (17) $540,000
Gray, Jon rhp-s 1.062 1 yr/$0.54M (17) $540,000
Oberg, Scott rhp 1.081 1 yr/$0.54M (17) $540,000
Story, Trevor ss 1.000 1 yr (17) $540,000
Wolters, Tony c 1.000 1 yr (17) $540,000
Dahl, David lf 0.070 1 yr/$0.537M (17) $537,000
Estevez, Carlos rhp 0.162 1 yr (17) $537,000
Garneau, Dustin c 0.124 1 yr (17) $537,000
Marquez, German rhp 0.027 1 yr (17) $537,000
Murphy, Tom c 0.055 1 yr/$0.537M (17) $537,000
Cardullo, Stephen ss-of 0.038 1 yr (17) $535,000
Freeland, Kyle lhp-s 0.000 1 yr (17) $535,000
Senzatela, Antonio rhp-s 0.000 1 yr (17) $535,000
Almonte, Yency rhp 0.000 1 yr (17)
Carle, Shane rhp 0.000 1 yr (17)
Gonzalez, Rayan rhp 0.000 1 yr/$0.535M (17)
Hoffman, Jeff rhp 0.044 1 yr (17)
Jemiola, Zach rhp 0.000 1 yr (17)
Moll, Sam lhp 0.000 1 yr (17)
Patterson, Jordan rf 0.027 1 yr (17)
Tapia, Raimel of 0.031 1 yr (17)
Valaika, Pat ss 0.027 1 yr (17)
Motte, Jason DFA 3/17 $5,000,000
Reyes, Jose $21,465,000
TOTAL - COL $127,828,571
Service time thru 2016 season, updated April 2017 Source: Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Baseball Prospectus