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Diamondbacks able to reduce payroll in ’04

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Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2004 8:15 am | Updated: 4:25 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

When last season ended, the Diamondbacks had $65.3 million committed to 10 players in 2004. But six months later, the 29 players on the opening day roster and disabled list have a total salary of $68.8 million.

Arizona was able to cut its payroll by about $12 million from a year ago mainly through the trades that sent Curt Schilling to Boston and moved six players (who will make more than $6.5 million this season combined) to Milwaukee for Richie Sexson and Shane Nance.

The five highest-paid players — Randy Johnson, Sexson, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Mantei and Steve Finley — will earn $46.6 million, more than two-thirds of the payroll. Of the 25 players on the active roster for opening day, 16 have a salary of $1 million or less and nine will earn less than $400,000. The minimum salary is $300,000.

ALOMAR RECOVERING

Second baseman Roberto Alomar, hit on the right forearm by a pitch Friday night, said Saturday he was "still stiff, real stiff."

X-rays were negative, and Alomar said he was not worried about being ready for Tuesday.

"I was worried more (Friday) when I got hit," he said.

SHORT HOP

Closer Matt Mantei allowed a run in his inning Saturday but said he was not bothered by the index and middle fingernails that gave him trouble all spring. Mantei has been wearing Life Jacket nail polish by Jessica, which according to the company’s Web site "cushions nails with invisible fibers to protect them from breaking, making them stronger."

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