The Chicago Cubs should have Theo Epstein and company around for the long haul, but they're one of nine teams that doesn't have a single dollar committed to player salaries for the 2015 season and beyond. The numbers were calculated byKen Davidoff of Newsday, who has figures for all 30 organizations.
Along with the Cubs, the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners have avoided committing any money for the 2015 season and beyond. Signing Jorge Soler would likely change that, though.
Most of those teams don't expect to compete in 2012, so they don't have long-term contracts with veteran players. No team has more money committed for 2015 than the Los Angeles Angels, who have Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Howie Kendrick and Jered Weaver under contract.
The other teams with more than $100 million committed for 2015 and beyond are the Rockies (Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez), Tigers (Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera), Red Sox (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Clay Buchholz), Yankees (Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera, CC Sabathia), Dodgers (Matt Kemp) and Brewers (Ryan Braun).
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