Analyzing the San Jose Earthquakes 2017 Salary Sheet

On Tuesday April 25th, the MLS Players Union released their annual player salary records. For Earthquakes fans, there aren’t too many surprises, but some things that are definitely worth noting.

$830,000 on long term injured players

This offseason, the Earthquakes resigned Marvell Wynne to a new contract and also signed Panamanian CB Harold Cummings. Wynne underwent surgery to repair a heart abnormality that was discovered in his physical this year, and will be kept out until next season. Cummings had an accident at home, that was not disclosed by the team, which fractured his fibula. He also underwent surgery and is likely to be out for four to six months. Quincy Amarikwa has been out since last September and is currently in the process of rehabbing a torn LCL and ACL in his left knee. Amarikwa has said on twitter that he expects to be back within a few months.

Between these three players, the Earthquakes are losing out on nearly 830,000 in the cap budget for a large part if not all of the season. MLS rules dictate that the Earthquakes are eligible to sign a “Season-Ending Injury Replacement Player” if they chose to. Marvell Wynne could be placed on the Season-Ending Injury List, exempting him from playing for the rest of the season, but allowing the Earthquakes to sign a player in the salary range of $100,000-$250,000 to replace him. The Earthquakes would also have to execute a trade in which they exchange salary budget space with another team. The replacement player must be signed by the end of the Primary Transfer Window, which closes on May 8th. This mechanism is a bit confusing and complicated, and I think it is doubtful that the Earthquakes make use of it to sign a replacement player this year.

Leandro Barrera is still being paid by the San Jose Earthquakes?

Leandro Barrera is still apparently on the team’s books. According to the MLS Players Union, he is owed $100,000 in guaranteed compensation this year. Barrera was selected by the Earthquakes in the Chivas USA dispersal draft, but he played in only 6 games for 139 minutes in 2015. At the beginning of 2016, the club announced that Barrera had been sent on loan to Club Atlético San Martín in the Argentinian first division.

According to Transfermarkt, Barrera is currently without a club and returned to the Quakes at the beginning of this year. It’s most likely that this is the last year Barrera will be on the budget, and the Quakes will probably try and find another team to loan him to that will absorb as much of his salary as possible.

Chris Wondolowski got a raise

Wondolowski signed a contract extension late last year, when he was guaranteed $700,000 in compensation. This year, he is guaranteed $800,000, making him the highest paid player on the team alongside Simon Dawkins. The Earthquakes currently have one designated player slot open, but they also most likely have enough funds to buy either Dawkins or Wondolowski down to a TAM-range salary to sign another DP.

Danny Hoesen, Marco Urena, Jahmir Hyka, and Florian Jungwirth’s contracts all have great value

Given the production that the Earthquakes have gotten out of these players early in the season, and that the players are all just under the DP threshold, the Quakes have positioned themselves very nicely to make some more significant signings in the summer. The Earthquakes will easily be able to sign at least one designated player in the near future.

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