Friday, January 31, 2014

Reported Arrieta Salary Drop, Common?

Sources have told the Columbus Dispatch that Jairo Arrieta's 2014 salary will be half of what it was last year.

It seems like a lot so I pulled up MLS salaries since 2010 to see how many examples there are of a player taking a 50% pay cut year over year. Turns out there are a handful every year (including new head coach Gregg Berhalter in 2011).


Jairo carried a guaranteed 2013 wage of $225k so we are likely looking at a new deal of around 110k or so. From a team perspective this takes my estimated open cap space from $600 to 700k.

On the right nav of the desktop version of Helltown is my updated summary. I'll try and keep it up to date throughout the rest of the offseason.


But they do happen. Year to year from 2010 to 2012 I see about 10 players that saw their wages get slashed in half (well, redo a deal that cut it). Things changed a bit last year as 14 different players had salaries cut in half (about 2% of all league players).

Notables 2012-13: Shalrie Joseph, Corben Bone, Chad Barrett, Blair Gavin, Michael Nanchoff, Conor Casey and Danny Mwanga. Others like Kevin Hartman, Brian Ching, Jamie Smith and Ramiro Corrales were last year victory lap deals.

One cut I didn't notice was Rich Balchan. He went from $69k in 2012 back down to the league minimum of $36k last year.

The player most like Jairo might be Chad Barrett who went from 253k in 2012 to 111k last year.

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