Projecting the Final 2013 Payroll for Every MLB Team

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Projecting the Final 2013 Payroll for Every MLB Team
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Don't count on Elvis Andrus ending the 2013 season with the Texas Rangers.

Predicting which major league teams will be buyers and which will be sellers by the end of 2013 is an extremely difficult task—especially since Opening Day isn’t even here yet.

But I’m up for the challenge.

Following is an in-depth look at each team and predictions of where teams will be to start the season, at the July 31 trading deadline and right before the postseason starts. I will analyze who will be making moves and who will not, whether it is a blockbuster deal, signing a free agent or calling up a top prospect.

For the purpose of this article, I’m the general manager of each team and will call all of the shots and determine who is on the roster and who isn’t. I anticipate many reading this will want me fired by the end of the season so feel free to express your opinions in the comments section below.

So which teams are going to add a player with the hopes of locking up a playoff spot and which teams are going to dump some payroll in order to get the rebuilding process going? Here’s how I see things shaking out in 2013.

*All statistics were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted. All contract and payroll information was obtained via Cot’s Baseball Contracts. All end-year payroll predictions are rough estimates, not exact figures. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.

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