Here it is, the eagerly awaited day when the MLS players Union releases it's figures and we get to see who's being paid what. How much are the new guys getting, who got themselves a big raise and all that fun stuff.
Unlike most previous years, there's no-one really that jumps out as being terrible value, though obviously the DP's would be way too expensive if the cap hit wasn't limited as it is and the overall amount spent on goalies is a bit on the high side. Yes, Julio Cesar was an unexpected option to be pounced upon and the amount listed here isn't even 2 weeks worth of his real wage, but Bendik's $147k guaranteed salary is awfully close to Stefan Frei's $150k, once again giving the lie to choosing him being about the cheaper option. Steven Caldwell got himself a big raise, as did Jonathan Osorio, though I'd have no complaints about either number. Dwayne de Rosario's number is lower than expected, and about what I'd hoped for, suggesting a sensible negotiation took place there which is good to see.
As always, take these numbers with a grain of salt as there's probably all sorts of weird rules to be applied and bonuses to be added on or taken away if you wanted to get the exact numbers for salary cap purposes, but they do at least give a decent estimate on which to base our opinions.
Below are the poorly copy and pasted full numbers for TFC, the first number is base salary, the second is the guaranteed compensation.
As is now traditional at WTR, those opinions shall be expressed in that most through and nuanced of manners, with a poll! They've had a good start, so let's play nice and vote for who's provided the best value so far.
TOR Agbossoumonde Gale D $ 48,825.00 $ 55,491.67
TOR Aparicio Manuel M $ 48,500.00 $ 48,500.00
TOR Bekker Kyle M $ 51,150.00 $ 77,400.00
TOR Bendik Joe GK $ 140,000.00 $ 147,375.00
TOR Bloom Mark D $ 48,825.00 $ 48,825.00
TOR Bradley Michael M $ 6,000,000.00 $ 6,500,000.00
TOR Caldwell Steven D $ 325,000.00 $ 364,166.67
TOR Cesar Julio GK $ 192,000.00 $ 202,000.00
TOR Defoe Jermain F $ 6,000,000.00 $ 6,180,000.00
TOR DeRosario Dwayne M $ 137,000.00 $ 173,000.00
TOR Dike Bright F $ 60,637.50 $ 63,575.00
TOR Goncalves Jackson D $ 150,000.00 $ 202,500.00
TOR Hagglund Nick D $ 48,500.00 $ 48,500.00
TOR Hall Jeremy D $ 105,000.00 $ 115,000.00
TOR Hamilton Jordan F $ 60,000.00 $ 72,500.00
TOR Henry Doneil D $ 75,000.00 $ 87,083.33
TOR Junior Gilberto F $ 1,145,000.00 $ 1,205,000.00
TOR Konopka Chris GK $ 60,000.00 $ 60,000.00
TOR Lovitz Daniel M $ 36,504.00 $ 36,504.00
TOR Morgan Ashtone D $ 80,000.00 $ 92,000.00
TOR Morrow Justin D $ 160,000.00 $ 169,562.50
TOR Nakajima-Farran Issey M $ 90,000.00 $ 110,000.00
TOR Orr Bradley D $ 75,000.00 $ 75,000.00
TOR Osorio Jonathan M $ 135,000.00 $ 142,599.68
TOR Rey Alvaro F $ 180,000.00 $ 204,450.00
TOR Richter Ryan F $ 48,500.00 $ 48,500.00
TOR Roberts Quillan GK $ 48,825.00 $ 48,825.00
TOR Wiedeman Andrew F $ 60,500.00 $ 70,500.00