9 locked in contracts @ $108.3 Million
Yu, Holland, Prince, Choo, Elvis, Beltre, Leonys, Perez, Harrison
7 arb eligible bballref est @ $18.3 million
Feliz, Ogando, Moreland, Ross, Kirkman, Rosales, Tolleson
9 players needed to complete 25 man roster @ $500k each $4.5million
Prearb lkely to make 25
Chirinos, Scheppers, Profar, Choice, Adduci, Teppesch, Odor
So let's organize this a little differently. Non tender Kirkman, Moreland and Rosales save ~ $5mm
25 man roster
5 starting Pitchers
9 position players
4 Bench players
Sardi or Profar $500k
Feliz (arb ~$4.5mm)
Tolleson (arb ~ $1mm)
Ogando (arb ~ $3.25mm)
Ross (arb ~ $1mm)
other contracts (Telis, Claudio, Knebel, etc.)
So if the Rangers really do have $20 million to spend then they are increasong their payroll from ~$130 million to ~$150 million. Still they have to address 2 starting pitchers, a corner OF, DH and a couple bullpen pieces either internally, or using some of that $20 million.
What kind of a deal can Colby expect? $8-10mm?
If you can trade Elvis for Kemp and get back $20mm ($4mm/year over 5 years) you could plug Sardi or Profar at SS, completely address you RF issue and only add $1-2mm to the payroll. Then you could use the $20mm to sign Colby and go after Russell Martin in FA market and maybe a 1 year with an option deal for Michael Cuddyer to DH and play a little 1B and OF. But at that point you've spent more than $20 million and haven't improved your pitching staff from the year before with the exception of a healthy Holland.