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Deadline Accounting: A Look At Salary Added By The Dodgers This Week

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Here's a look at the salaries that the Dodgers have added this week with their various trades. For further details, you can check out our payroll worksheet, which is always available on our right sidebar. It is important to note that major league salaries are pro-rated over the 183 days of the season, defined by the collective bargaining agreement as the Sunday before Opening Day (April 4 this season) through the last scheduled day of the year (October 3 this season).

Wednesday: Dodgers acquired Scott Podsednik from Kansas City for Lucas May and Elisaul Pimentel

The Dodgers also designated Jack Taschner for assignment on Thursday to make room for Podsednik. Technically, even though he is off the 40-man roster, Taschner will continue to get paid at the major league rate (which I have estimated as the minimum salary of $400,000) until his fate is determined. The Dodgers have 10 days to either trade or release Taschner, or he can accept an assignment to the minors. So, I will assume his final day on the payroll to be August 7.

Player 2010 Salary Days Remaining Dodgers Portion
Podsednik $1.75 million 67 $640,710
Taschner $400,000 57 ($124,590)
Total Salary Added $516,120

Saturday: Dodgers acquired Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot, and $2.5 million from the Cubs for Blake DeWitt, Brett Wallach, and Kyle Smit

I am assuming for purposes of this exercise that Travis Schlichting will be optioned to Triple A to make room for Ted Lilly on the 25-man roster. Theriot simply takes DeWitt's spot, so that part is easy.

Player 2010 Salary Days Remaining Dodgers Portion
Lilly $12 million 64 $4,196,721
Theriot $2.6 million 64 $909,290
DeWitt $410,000 64 ($143,388)
Schlichting $400,000 64 ($139,891)
Cash from Cubs ($2,500,000)
Total Salary Added $2,322,722

Saturday: Dodgers acquired Octavio Dotel and $500,000 from the Pirates for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo

I don't have the exact figure of McDonald's 2010 salary, but he made $400,750 last year and I have estimated his major league salary to be $405,000. Dotel simply takes his spot on the active roster.

Player 2010 Salary Days Remaining Dodgers Portion
Dotel $3.25 million 64 $1,136,612
McDonald $405,000 64 ($141,639)
Cash from Pirates ($500,000)
Total Salary Added $494,973

All in all, the Dodgers added a little more than $3.3 million in 2010 salary with their moves this week:

Trade 2010 Salary Added
Podsednik $516,120
Lilly, Theriot
$2,322,722
Dotel $494,973
Total Salary Added $3,333,815