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Aramis Ramirez backloaded his contract to help with Brewers’ payroll crunch

Dec 13, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration from the Brewers stretched their payroll to the limit, so Aramis Ramirez‘s three-year, $36 million deal is heavily backloaded.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Ramirez will get just $6 million in 2012, leaving $30 million to paid for the other two seasons, and $6 million of his 2014 salary will be deferred.

Ramirez’s backloaded deal likely still doesn’t clear enough payroll space for the Brewers to sign a veteran first baseman or more bullpen help, as general manager Doug Melvin indicated yesterday that the team is already over budget. However, that could change if they find a taker for Rodriguez and his salary that figures to be at least $12 million.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    The backloading of deals is more effective for the club when the economy is robust and inflation rates are rising. So many teams are doing heavily backloaded deals now, it says a lot about revenue sharing and the rising revenues of MLB overall. MLB seems to be running a parallel economy where the economic recession doesn’t apply.

  2. 78mu - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    The Brewers wish they were the Yankees from the late 50’s and early 60’s when they could dump the veterans they didn’t want to the Kansas City A’s for guys like Shantz, Boyer, Maris and Terry

  3. Kyle - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    That was sure swell of him.

  4. paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    They have a payroll crunch now? And Greinke and Marcum are FAs next year? Not good.

    • stoutfiles - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Well they just saved 50 game checks of whatever they are paying Ryan Braun. Maybe they can buy something with that.

      • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        And Fielder is gone too. I don’t get it. Aren’t they selling enough sausages?

  5. shaggytoodle - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    They are selling enough sausages, but when the Angels get a 3 billion dollar TV deal vs. 700 mill the Brewers get, it does add up.

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