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Vernon Wells Trade Pushes Angels Payroll North Of $140 Million

Earlier in the week we looked at the Angels' payroll, which was north of $130 million after reaching agreements with six of their eight arbitration-eligible players. Now, with the Vernon Wells trade, the Angels have moved into a new stratosphere. Even factoring in shedding the salaries of Mike Napoli (between $5.3 million and $6.1 million) and Juan Rivera ($5.25 million), adding Wells' $23 million price tag for 2011 pushes the Angels' 2011 payroll over $140 million.

The Angels have $132.9 million committed to 17 players, plus Gary Matthews Jr., to whom the Angels owe $11 million this year. Once the Angels reach agreement with Jered Weaver, they will have between $140.265 million and $141.7 million committed to 18 players. Once the remaining seven roster spots are filled, the Angels' payroll will likely be somewhere in the $145-150 million range.

Here are the 2011 Angels under contract:

2011 Angels Under Contract
Player Pos 2011 Salary
Jeff Mathis C $1,700,000
Kendry Morales 1B $2,975,000
Howie Kendrick 2B $3,300,000
Maicer Izturis 3B $3,100,000
Erick Aybar SS $3,000,000
Vernon Wells LF $23,000,000
Torii Hunter RF $18,000,000
Bobby Abreu DH $9,000,000
Alberto Callaspo IF $2,000,000
Reggie Willits OF $775,000
Jered Weaver
SP $7.365m / $8.8m
Dan Haren SP $12,750,000
Joel Pineiro SP $8,000,000
Ervin Santana SP $8,000,000
Scott Kazmir SP $12,000,000
Fernando Rodney RP $5,500,000
Scott Downs RP $5,000,000*
Hisanori Takahashi RP $3,800,000
Gary Matthews Jr. gone $11,000,000
Totals (18 players) $140.265m - $141.7m


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