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: 108,704,524A 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.