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Salary details for Jed Lowrie and Stephen Vogt contracts

The Oakland A’s brought back a couple of longtime favorites last week. They reunited with catcher Stephen Vogt after several years apart, and then they re-signed professional hitter Jed Lowrie from last summer’s team.

Both veterans netted MLB contracts, effectively guaranteeing them spots on the Opening Day roster, but their salaries weren’t immediately reported. Now those blanks have been filled in, by MLB insider Jon Heyman on Monday.

Per Heyman, here are the terms of Vogt’s deal:

• $850,000

• Plus: $100,000 for 60 days on active 26-man roster

• Plus: $150,000 if traded (one time)

And the details for Lowrie:

• $850,000

• Signing Bonus – $150,000

• $700,000 – 2022

• Plus: $100,000 for 60 day on active Major League roster.

• Plus: $150,000 if traded (one time)

Those may as well be carbon copies from a roster standpoint. We’re not really keeping an eye on the team’s Competitive Balance Tax cap, so I’m not sure the signing bonus split of Lowrie’s payout matters to fans keeping track of the payroll.

The MLB minimum salary rose to $700,000 this year, so both players are scheduled to make slightly over that. They can push up further to $950,000 apiece by staying healthy for at least a couple months.

The A’s currently have 11 players under contract for a total of just under $50 million, with everybody else being pre-arbitration and earning roughly league minimum.

SS Elvis Andrus – $14.25m
LHP Sean Manaea – $9.75m
OF Stephen Piscotty – $7.58m
RHP Frankie Montas – $5.025m
RHP Lou Trivino – $3.0m
OF Ramon Laureano – $2.45m
UT Chad Pinder – $2.725m
2B Tony Kemp – $2.25m
IF Jed Lowrie – $0.85m
C Stephen Vogt – $0.85m
RHP Deolis Guerra – $0.815m

That adds up to $49.545 million. They also owe $750K for an option buyout on Jake Diekman, and $500K for the same with Andrew Chafin. On the other hand, they are getting back $7.25 million from the Rangers as part of the deal to acquire Andrus, which helps offset half of his lofty salary.

Put all that together and they’re at $43.545. Fill in the final 15 spots with minimum salaries ($10.5 million altogether), and the 26-man payroll should be around $54 million as things currently stand, until or unless any new players are signed or acquired.

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