Dodger $alary $tudies 101

For those of you who are secret general managers, buying, trading and releasing players in your mind to craft the perfect roster, here are the Dodgers 2007 salaries. Perhaps this will give you a better feel for the player moves you and Ned Colletti want to make before the 2008 season.

As you can see, 14 of the received a million or more and 10 had salaries above $7 million. Some of the more productive players were under the half-million mark, including Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, Chad Billingsley, James Loney and Matt Kemp.

The roster:
1. Jason Schmidt	$15,703,946
2. Rafael Furcal	 13,730,196
3. Jeff Kent	          9,814,117
4. Derek Lowe	          9,500,000
5. Nomar Garciaparra	  8,516,697
6. Brad Penny	          8,000,000
7. Esteban Loaiza	  7,500,000
8. Juan Pierre	          7,500,000
9. Randy Wolf	          7,477,969
10. Luis Gonzalez	  7,156,599
11. David Wells	          3,000,000
12. Mark Hendrickson	  2,925,000
13. Mike Liebenthal	  1,150,000
14. Takashi Saito	  1,000,000
15. Joe Beimel	            912,500
16. Mark Sweeney	    900,000
17. Ramon Martinez	    800,000
18. Rudy Seanez	            700,000
19. Scott Proctor 	    445,923
20. Yhency Brazoban	    395,000
21. Jason Repko	            395,000
22. Jonathan Broxton	    390,000
23. Russell Martin	    387,500
24. Andre Ethier	    387,500
25. Chad Billingsley	    384,500
26. Hong-Chih Kuo	    384,000
27. Matt Kemp	            383,000
28. James Loney	            383,000
29. Wilson Valdez	    381,000
  Total Team Salary:	108,704,524
A story in USA TODAY points out the fact that major league managers made an average of $1.3 million in 2007 but that was just a fraction of the money managers/coaches in other sports make. NBA coaches will average $3.95 million this season NFL coaches will make $3.25 million.

The Dodgers, a marquee franchise with a 2007 payroll of nearly $109 million, paid Grady Little to manage and as you can see, 18 of the members of the roster made more than he did.
Managers and their 2007 salary:   

*Joe Torre, Yankees $7.5 million
Lou Piniella, Cubs $3.5 million
Bobby Cox, Braves $3 million
Tony La Russa, Cardinals $2.8 million
Mike Scioscia, Angels $2 million
Jim Leyland, Tigers $2 million
Bruce Bochy, Giants $1.75 million
Terry Francona, Red Sox $1.65 million
*Phil Garner, Astros $1.5 million
*Mike Hargrove, Mariners $1.3 million
Ron Gardenhire, Twins $1.25 million
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox $1.1 million
Eric Wedge, Indians $1.025 million
*Jim Tracy, Pirates $1 million
Bob Melvin, Diamondbacks $875,000
*Buddy Bell, Royals $825,000
Ned Yost, Brewers $825,000
Clint Hurdle, Rockies $800,000
Charlie Manuel, Phillies $800,000
Willie Randolph, Mets $700,000
Fredi Gonzalez, Marlins $650,000
*Jerry Narron, Reds $600,000
*Grady Little, Dodgers $600,000
*Sam Perlozzo, Orioles $600,000
Ron Washington, Rangers $600,000
Bud Black, Padres $550,000
Joe Maddon, Devil Rays $550,000
John Gibbons, Blue Jays $500,000
Manny Acta, Nationals $500,000
Bob Geren, Athletics $500,000
 *No longer managing team.
Gonzalez Wants to Return-- Suddenly, the bothersome rookies are not so bad after all. Luis Gonzalez said he has changed his mind about no longer wanting to play for the Dodgers, the reason being their recent hiring of Joe Torre as manager. The 40-year-old left fielder, who filed for free agency Wednesday, was dissatisfied with his diminished role on the team and declared at the end of last season that he had no intention of retuning to Los Angeles.       

"This is no knock against Grady," Gonzalez said, referring to former manager Grady Little, who resigned Tuesday. "But the credibility that Joe and his coaches bring is definitely intriguing."

Gonzalez said he thought that Torre would help the Dodgers on the free-agent market. "I think it intrigues a lot of players that they hired a manager of the caliber of Joe," Gonzalez said. "I think it makes a huge difference. He's been in how many World Series? He's done it on both sides, as a player and as a manager. Players go through struggles, he's been there, done that. Everyone who's played for him respects him.  

Executive VP and CEO Resigns--Marty Greenspun, Dodgers executive vice president and chief operating officer, resigned Monday. No replacement was named. Greenspun was with the club for four years and was responsible for all aspects of the organization's business operations. Greenspun came to the Dodgers after six years as chief financial officer of the Yankees.  

Evans Resigns Mariners Job, Former Dodger GM Dan Evans resigned from his position as a special assistant to Seattle Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi and has been named president and CEO of West Coast Sports Management LLC, based in Pasadena, Calif. Evans said his decision to leave the Mariners "is all about quality of life, stability, security." His new company represents baseball players, including pitcher Shawn Hill of the Washington Nationals; outfielder Ryan Spilborghs of the Colorado Rockies; and left-handed pitcher Glendon Rusch of Shorecrest High School in Shoreline. Rusch, who missed all of last season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung, is making a comeback. Evans spent the past three years with the Mariners after a three-year stint with the Dodgers.