First, Cot's is an excellent resource, but even its number is off because, if you look closely at how the number is calculated, every player with less than three years of service time has a salary of $700,000. That's not going to be the case for Edman, who won a Gold Glove Award, and came a few days shy of being arbitration eligible. The Cardinals have an in-house formula that uses publicly available WAR to determine the raise above the minimum for players, and there are several players who will receive more than that.
So, we can estimate what those will look like and based on reporting, research, and some estimates the Cardinals are going to come in with an opening day payroll of around $150 million, maybe close to $152 million. Pujols' salary gives it a bump, too.
That's up from $137.6 million last year.
And that was a stepback, as advertised, due to the zero ticket sales of 2020, and that means this year's payroll, while up from last year, is not what they had originally budgeted before 2020 arrived.
I did not include the signing bonuses. I did include the money being paid Fowler to play for the Angels. I did include players on the injured list. I did not include Arenado's salary for 2021 because what the Cardinals owe him is all deferred from that season, and the Rockies handled the rest of his salary, so the net cost IN 2021 of Arenado's 2021 season was zero. That bill will be due later.
Onto the other question you asked. Yes. In person. And yes checks out. He has the athleticism to be Kris Bryant-like in his ability to play the outfield as well as infield positions. Would not surprise anyone who has watched him play if there's a corner outfield work in his future.