I'm not so good at this projected payroll kind of stuff, so why not let Shamus lead the discussion, and in the center column? --- rastronomicals
The Astros are on the hook for these players.
Total 40.75 Million
So I think the Astros will have 18 players locked up for next year at a high-ball 62.19million. You can also see that gives them 3SP, 2OF, 1?C, and no third baseman. I think Ensberg and Huff will make about the same next year so if I have to pick I would go with Ensberg for (19)@67.69Mil total.
In my estimation that gives the Astros around 28mill to round out the other 6 players on a 95million payroll. I think the payroll should be among the leagues highest and I think 95M will be around the top 7 in MLB next year.
Can the Astros get an OF, 2 SP, C, 2 bench players for 28M, or is the payroll higher? Any thoughts on any of this?