How expensive is the Padres roster after the Juan Soto trade?

How expensive is the Padres roster after the Juan Soto trade? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto.

These three MLB superstars will now be in the same lineup after the The San Diego Padres made a blockbuster deal to acquire Soto from the Washington Nationals before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

The Padres sent six players, headlined by shortstop CJ Abrams, starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore and outfielder Robert Hassell III, to win the Soto sweepstakes and also get first baseman Josh Bell.

Now, San Diego boasts the strongest star power in all of baseball as the franchise chases its first World Series title. In addition to the newly formed “Big Three” of Soto, Machado and Tatis Jr., the Padres also have Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell, Mike Clevinger, Yu Darvish and Sean Manaea on their staff. Oh yeah, and they just traded for three-time NL Reliever of the Year winner Josh Hader.

So how much is this all-in approach costing owner Peter Seidler?

What is the San Diego Padres payroll in 2022?

The Padres opened the 2019 season with a bottom-10 payroll of around $95 million. Three years later, they have one of the most expensive rosters in baseball.

San Diego’s payroll has more than doubled since 2019. It topped $200 million since the start of this season, after los angeles dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

After the Soto trade, the Padres now have a total payroll of $213.65 million, according to Spotrac. That number is fluid though, as it doesn’t include any of the roughly $8 million still owed to Eric Hosmer this season. After Hosmer used his no-trade clause to keep himself out of the Soto trade, the Padres sent the veteran first baseman to Boston Red Sox. But ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that San Diego would retain a “significant portion” of the money remaining on Hosmer’s contract. Hosmer has a $13 million player option for the next three seasons.

The Dodgers ($265.3 million), Mets ($260.8 million), Yankees ($253.65 million) and Phillies ($233.82 million) are still the only teams ahead of San Diego in the 2022 total payroll.

Who are the highest paid players on the San Diego Padres?

Not only is Machado the highest paid Padre, he is also one of the highest paid players in the game. Machado’s $32 million salary this season is tied with Miguel Cabrera and David Price for the 12th highest in MLB. The six-time All-Star third baseman has six full seasons left on his 10-year, $300 million contract, though he has a player option after 2023.

Wil Myers is the other current Padre to take home at least $20 million in 2022, as the outfielder has a salary of $22.5 million. Myers is in the final year of a six-year, $83 million deal with $20 million due next season.

Hosmer will make $21 million this season, but as previously reported, it’s unclear how much of that total San Diego will have available.

Soto is now the fourth-highest paid Padre at $17 million, behind Machado, Myers and Darvish ($19 million). Soto, who won’t be eligible for free agency until 2024, is owed $6 million for the remainder of this season. The newly acquired Bell is tied with Drew Pomeranz for the seventh-highest salary on the team at $10 million, with $3.52 million owed the rest of this season.

Tatis Jr. is making just $5.72 million this year, but his salary will skyrocket in the coming seasons as he gets deeper into his 14-year, $340 million contract.

Here’s a complete look at the Padres’ current highest-paid players based on 2022 total salary:

Manny Machado: 32 million dollars

Will Myers: 22.5 million dollars

Yu Darvish: 19 million dollars

Juan Soto: $17 million ($6 million due the rest of the season)

Blake Snell: 13.1 million dollars

Josh Hunter: $11 million ($3.93 million due the rest of the season)

Josh Bell: $10 million ($3.52 million due the rest of the season)

Drew Pomeranz: 10 million dollars

Sean Manaea: $9.75 million

Joe Musgrove: $8.63 million

Mike Clevinger: 8 million dollars

Jurickson Profar: $7.33 million

Are the San Diego Padres over the luxury tax?

The Padres are currently projected to be about $4.3 million over the competitive balance tax threshold of $230 million, per Spotrac. Since the Padres were a luxury tax team in 2021, they would have to pay a 30% tax for the second consecutive season.

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