- Conor Gillaspie: $1.4M (estimated $900K by Matt Swartz)
- George Kontos: $1.75M (estimated $1.7M)
- Eduardo Nunez: $4.2M (estimated $4.4M)
- Will Smith: $2.5M (estimated $2.3M)
I had already calculated the Giants payroll using Swartz's estimated arbitration eligible salaries, and the Giants ended up paying roughly $500,000 more than estimated. That's basically the extra that they paid Gillaspie. Swartz was way off here.
I was surprised that he got that much more from the Giants than estimated, as Swartz has usually been in the ballpark with his estimates. They must have really appreciated his performance last season. Not that he wasn't good, but he got a 56% raise. And thus they, as they have done during the Sabean era, paid Gillaspie more than might have been expected, based on market trends, which Swartz uses in his analysis.
I was originally thinking that this signing does not mean that he will make the roster, much like how Ishikawa getting $1M contract did not mean that he would make our roster either, but given the magnitude of the raise that they gave him, they appear to expect him to perform well again next season.
Perhaps even battle for the starting 3B position, especially since that would work out better for the Giants bench, as Nunez could play more positions (or at least has experience at more, as I've noted before, he hasn't shown OK defense at any position other than LF until he did well at 3B for the Giants in 2016) and be a truer superutility player for the Giants on the bench than Gillaspie could. However, Nunez probably is our best leadoff hitter based on what he did (and Span didn't do) in 2016. So it will be interesting what happens here.