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Milwaukee Brewers Payroll at Comfortable Level for 2013 Season

Milwaukee Brewers Payroll at Comfortable Level for 2013 Season

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers have revealed their payroll for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The total salary for the players appears to be at a more comfortable level than the organization is used to.

Milwaukee’s payroll has dropped from $101.2 million from a year ago to $84.3 million this season. This was accomplished by getting rid of approximately $50 million that belonged to players who were unable to get the job done in 2011.

Considering the Brewers recently inked a three-year, $33 million deal with starter Kyle Lohse, it is remarkable that the payroll only raised $4 million. This was achieved by spreading $7 million of the $11 million owed to him this season over several years.

Milwaukee was also able to keep the payroll at a safe level by signing several players that have not spent much time in the big leagues, if any at all. Four players were signed to the Major League minimum salary of $490,000, while six players were signed to a contract that is only $2,000 more than that. In fact, 12 players on Milwaukee’s roster are making less than $500,000 this season.

The Brewers’ payroll this year is $4 million less than what the organization dished out in 2011 when they won the National League Central division for the first time in franchise history. However, this also leaves room for the Brewers to become buyers at the All-Star break if they feel they can make a run in the second half of the season.

“It’s always good to have flexibility to make a trade or pick up a player,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told “Our payroll is reduced this year but we’re fine with where it’s at. We have the flexibility to do something during the season if the situation presents itself.”

Hopefully, players that are earning the big bucks this year will prove their worth so that the organization does not get discouraged from handing out big contracts. Also, it would be nice if the more inexperienced members of the team put forth a solid performance to make a case that they deserve more money in the ensuing years.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.