The 2017 World Series Rosters, Financially

The 2017 World Series Rosters, Financially
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Tuesday will mark the start of a somewhat historic World Series matchup, as two 100+ win teams will battle for the championship. The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking their first title since 1988, while the Houston Astros will be looking for the first in franchise history. We'll take a quick look at the matchup from a positional, financial, and statistical standpoint. 

Payroll & Spending

A look at how each team was spending their dollars to finish the regular season.

Team C INF OF SP RP Retained Injured Total
$6.1M $45.7M $31.5M $70M $30.2M $59.6M $22.6M $265.1M
$17M $21.1M $23.2M $27.7M $26.5M $17.6M $835k $149.9M

 

How They Were Acquired

A look at how the projected "starters" for each team were acquired (includes 5 starters and 3 relief pitchers).

Team Drafted Via Free
Agency
Via Trade International
Signing
3 2 7 4
5 1 8 2

 

First Base

Almost certain NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger hit 26 doubles, 39 HRs, and 97 RBIs while slashing a .933 OPS through his first 132 games. The Dodgers' All-Star appears to be a long-term star in this league. After a slow start to his career as a late 2016 callup, Gurriel broke out in 2017, compiling 43 doubles, 18 HRs, 75 RBIs, a .299 average and an .817 OPS in 140 games. The 33-year-old will be a fixture in this Astros core.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Cody Bellinger  22 2013 Draft (RD 4) $535,000 816 Team Control through 2019
Yulieski Gurriel 33 Int'l Signing (Cuba) $14,400,000 70 Signed through 2020

 

Second Base

The Dodgers acquired Forsythe to stabilize the position ahead of veterans Utley/Kendrick. He played 120 games for LA, posting 81 hits and a .224 average. His $9M option will be debatable this winter. The Astros on the other hand have the most dynamic second baseman - arguably player - in all of baseball. His 204 hits, 112 runs, 39 doubles, 24 home runs, 81 RBIs, 32 stolen bases, .346/.410/.547 slash makes him the standout favorite for AL MVP. He'll make just $12.5M over the next 2 seasons in Houston.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Logan Forsythe 30 Traded from TB (1/2017) $7,000,000 180 $9M club option in 2018
Jose Altuve 25 Int'l Signing (Venezuala) $4,687,500 252 Signed through 2019

 

Shortstop

Seager missed the NLCS with a sore back, but will suit up for the series and be expected to contribue in a big way. The youngster had 33 doubles, 22 home runs 77 RBIs and an .854 OPS in 145 games. Correa missed a chunk of games this year due to injury, but still managed 25 doubles, 24 home runs, 84 RBIs, and a .941 OPS. Both players are some of the most exciting in the game - and should be for years to come.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Corey Seager 23 2012 Draft (RD 1) $575,000 530 Team Control through 2018
Carlos Correa 23 2012 Draft (RD 1) $535,000 816 Team Control through 2018

 

Third Base

Justin Turner, the once "scrappy" Mets player, is now a legitimate power threat to all fields. He's now produced back to back 30+ doubles, 20+ home run seasons, while shaving off 50 strikeouts from his resume in 2017. Bregman joins Correa & Springer as an outstanding trio of youth for the Astros. He posted 39 doubles, 19 HRs, 71 RBIs, 17 SBs, and a .284/.352/.475 slash in 2017.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Justin Turner 32 Free Agency (2015) $13,000,000 93 Signed through 2020
Alex Bregman  23 2015 Draft (RD 1) $539,400 735 Team Control through 2019

 

Outfield

The Dodgers acquired Granderson from the Mets to platoon with the unreliable Ethier. Puig re-found his power in 2017, posting 24 doubles, 28 homers, and 74 RBIs, while Chris Taylor chipped in 34, 21, 72 of his own in his first full season. Reddick was the Astros big free agent signing, and rewarded them with 34 doubles, 13 homers, 82 RBIs and a career high .314/.363/.484/.847 slash. Springer improved upon a great 2016, finishing with 29 doubles, 34 homers, 85 RBIs, and an .890 OPS. Marwin Gonzalez put up career high power numbers, including 34 doubles, 23 homers, 90 RBIs, and an outstanding .303/.377/.530/.907 slash. The Astros outfield is arguably the best in baseball.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Curtis Granderson 36 Traded from NYM (9/2017) $15,000,000 ($3,606,548) 65 Free Agent
Yasiel Puig  26 Int'l Signing (Cuba, 2012) $8,214,285 153 Signed through 2018
Chris Taylor 27 Traded from SEA (2016) $535,000 816 Team Control through 2018
Josh Reddick 30 Free Agency (2016) $13,000,000 92 Signed through 2020
George Springer 28 2011 Draft (RD 1) $3,900,000 293 Arbitration through 2020
Marwin Gonzalez 28 Traded from BOS (2011) $3,725,000 297 $5.125M club option in 2018

 

Catcher

Barnes has garnered most of the workload behind the plate, ahead of Yasmani Grandal. He posted 15 doubles, 38 RBIs, and a .289/.408/.486/.895 slash in his first full season. McCann saw only 97 regular season games, bringing his overall numbers down - but has shown timely hitting in the postseason and his veteran presence behind the plate is unmatched.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Austin Barnes  27 Traded fom MIA (2014) $540,000 709 Team Control through 2019
Brian McCann 33 Traded from NYY (2016) $17,000,000
($11,500,000)
52 Signed through 2019

 

Starting Pitchers

The Dodgers rotation was rated 2nd best in all of MLB (Cleveland), posting a combined 3.38 ERA, with 1,550 strikeouts and a MLB best .228 batting average against. Kershaw, Alex Wood, and Rich Hill top the rotation heading into the WS. Houston battled through a Dallas Keuchel injury through the heart of the regular season, but got a boost from Charlie Morton, and arguably the best in-season move, acquiring Justin Verlander for their stretch run. He'll be the man to watch this week.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Clayton Kershaw 29 2006 Draft (RD 1) $35,571,428 1 Signed through 2020
Rich Hill 37 Traded from OAK (2016) $12,666,666 96 Signed through 2019
Kenta Maeda 29 Int'l Signing (Japan, 2016) $7,375,000 173 Signed through 2023
Alex Wood 26 Traded from ATL (2015) $2,800,000 338 Arbitration through 2019
Hyun-Jin Ryu 30 Int'l Signing (South Korea, 2012) $7,833,333 162 Signed through 2018
Justin Verlander 34 Traded from DET (2017) $28,000,000
($4,743,155)
5 Signed through 2020
Dallas Keuchel 29 2009 Draft (RD 7) $9,150,000 138 Arbitration through 2018
Charlie Morton 34 Traded from DET (2017) $8,875,000 145 Signed through 2018
Lance McCullers  24 2012 Draft (RD 1) $548,000 615 Team Control through 2018
Brad Peacock 29 Traded from OAK (2013) $541,500 696 Arbitration through 2020

 

Notable Relief Pitchers

The Dodgers appear to have the edge here, as their deep, veteran bullpen is anchored by Jansen, who has 168 saves over the past 4 seasons. Giles has a 9 ERA in 3 postseason games, including 3 walks.

Player Age Acquired 2017 Salary Salary Rank Contract Status
Kenley Jansen 30 Int'l Signing (Curacao, 2004) $10,800,000 127 Signed through 2019
Tony Watson 32 Traded from PIT (2017) $5,600,000
($1,927,863)
221 Free Agent
Brandon Morrow  33 Free Agency (2017) $1,250,000 446 Free Agent
Ken Giles  27 Traded from PHI (2015) $550,100 601 Arbitration through 2020
Joe Musgrove  24 Traded from TOR (2012) $543,400 680 Team Control through 2019
Chris Devenski  26 Traded from CHW (2012) $554,500 583 Team Control through 2018



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