A look at the potential 2017 Astros payroll if they sign Edwin Encarnacion or Carlos Beltran or both.
Even though the Houston Astros have been historically middle of the pack regarding team payroll, this could change in 2017. Houston had the eighth-highest payroll in the MLB at the beginning of the 2006 and 2009 seasons (via http://www.stevetheump.com/). As we are aware, just spending the money does not guarantee a team will win. The 2005 Astros started the season with the 12th highest payroll, see where they finished.
The Astros added Brian McCann ($11.5 million), Josh Reddick ($13 million), and Charlie Morton ($7 million) so far. The have also claimed Nori Aoki, who is also due an estimated $6.8 million through the arbitration process. Assuming the Astros don’t add any more outfielders, Aoki will most likely be part of the Astros opening day roster. Should they make another addition, he could be a non-tender candidate. That’s adding $338.3 million to the payroll.
Looking at the estimated Astros payroll from RosterResource.com, the Stros will already have a team record $113,738,000 payroll. While the 2016 team salary fluctuates from place to place, RosterResource.com has it as $99,000,000. Brian McTaggart said last January that it would start at $100 million. Either way, the Astros could have a $100 million dollar plus payroll for only the third time in team history, 2009 was the other time.