Seattle Mariners

Mariners notebook: Final 2014 payroll totaled $106.7 million

The final numbers are in and show the Seattle Mariners spent $106.7 million in payroll on their 40-man roster for the just-completed season.

That represents a $17.1 million increase over 2013’s final 40-man payroll of $89.6 million.

Final 2014 payroll numbers for all 30 clubs are not yet available, but $106.7 million would have ranked 14th overall in 2013, according to figures reported last November by The Associated Press.

The New York Yankees had the top 2013 payroll at $237.0 million, according to that AP report, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $236.9 million.

The Mariners’ 2014 breakdown consisted of $95.7 million salaries for the 55 players who, at some point in the season, occupied spots on the club’s 40-man roster.

Eight players triggered bonuses totaling $5.1 million for reaching specific performance targets or by winning awards.

The Mariners also spent $4 million on three players in pro-rated signing bonuses and $1.9 million on three players in buying out contracts.

INSTRUCTS UPDATE

Outfielder Alex Jackson, the Mariners’ top pick in the 2014 draft, drew rave reviews from Baseball America in its report on Wednesday’s game against the Indians in the Instructional League in Arizona.

“Seattle’s Alex Jackson stole the show,” Josh Norris reported for Baseball America. “He put together continually professional at-bats, made consistently loud contact and saw a ton of pitches.”

The Mariners selected Jackson, 18, with the sixth overall pick in the June draft and converted him from catcher to outfielder at Peoria in the Arizona Rookie League after reaching agreement on a $4.2 million signing bonus.

Jackson batted .274 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 24 games at Peoria but missed a month after suffering a broken cheek bone when hit in the face on a fly ball after losing it in the lights.

TAKING STRIKE THREE

Crunching numbers on the just-completed regular season, this gem comes courtesy of Bill Chuck, who can be followed on twitter (@BillyBall):

Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was called out on strikes 48 times this season. Only five players took more third strikes — although one of the them was the American League’s presumptive Most Valuable Player.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was called out 52 times on strikes. Trout also led the AL with 184 strikeouts.

Jackson ranked 10th with 144, but 85 came in 100 games at Detroit before a July 31 trade brought him to the Mariners. Mike Zunino led the club with 158 strikeouts, which ranked sixth among AL players.

The Mariners ranked seventh overall among the 15 AL clubs with 1,232 strikeouts. That includes 311 called third strikes, which ranked sixth among AL clubs.

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