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61.5 Million...Where's the Add'l 8 Million???

2005 Roster and Salaries (Predicted Roster & Approx. Salaries)...

SP
Zito, Barry 5.5
Harden, Rich .3
Dan Haren .3
Blanton, Joe .3
Dan Meyer .3

RP
Rincon, Ricardo 1.95
Bradford, Chad 1.4
Duchscherer, Justin .3 or Street, Huston .3
Calero, Kiko .4
Cruz, Juan .8 * (Arbitration)
Tim Harikkala .3 or Johnson, Tyler .3
Dotel, Octavio 4.5 * (Arbitration)

IF
Kendall, Jason 9.5
Chavez, Eric 8.5
Hatteberg, Scott 2.3
Keith Ginter .5
Crosby, Bobby .3

OF
Kotsay, Mark 7.0
Swisher, Nick .3
Byrnes, Eric 1.5 * (Arbitration)

DH
Durazo, Ruby 3.5 * (Arbitration)

Bench
Melhuse, Adam .5
Ellis, Mark .4
Scutaro, Marco .4 or Johnson, Dan .3
Kielty, Bobby .5 * (Arbitration) or Charles Thomas .3

Jermaine Dye (1 Million Buy-Out) + Jason Kendall (1 Million to Pittsburgh) = 2.0 Million

= approx. 53.55 Million

Might we be in the market for a couple FA's, i.e. 4th or 5th Veteran Starter in case Meyer or Blanton don't work out?  Also, adding a RH Bat is vital for this team to score middle-of-the-lineup runs - They tried Karros last year in the role (failed miserably), so I was thinking maybe Juan Gonzalez could work out an incentive based contract with the A's.

Here at AN we have an obligation to keep Oakland Athletics Management under full surveillance and be critical if something is fishy with the way the are spending their money...  In 2005, We (Athletics Nation) must make sure Schott/Hofmann spend the 61.5 Million they speak about.

* Approx. 2005 Arbitration Figure

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