A look at the 2011 payroll

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is scheduled to make $20M this season. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

 When I started covering the Phillies beat three years ago, I never thought I would be using the words "luxury tax" when analyzing the payroll. But the Phillies have joined baseball's financial big boys, as evidenced by the record salary number they will dole out this season.

This year's magic figure: $167.657 million.

That leaves the Phillies roughly $10 million shy of the $178 million threshold, after which teams are taxed on the money they spend.

Our Phillies payroll number is not official. Major League Baseball calculates payroll using the average annual value of each contract, while the number we have listed above is the sum of each player's base salary and bonuses that he will receive this season.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that the Phillies are in the sport's spending stratosphere. Since 2008, the payroll has increased by about 70.6 percent. During that same time period, attendance has only grown 21.5 percent.

Without further ado, here is the unofficial official breakdown (numbers in millions):



2011 Salary

1B Ryan Howard 20.0
SP Roy Halladay 20.0
SP Roy Oswalt 16.0
2B Chase Utley 15.0
LF Raul Ibanez 11.5
RP Brad Lidge 11.5
SP Cliff Lee 11.0
SP Cole Hamels 9.5
SP Joe Blanton 8.5
SS Jimmy Rollins 8.5
3B Placido Polanco 7.5
CF Shane Victorino 7.5
RP Ryan Madson 4.5
C Carlos Ruiz 2.75
RP Danys Baez 2.75
RP Jose Contreras 2.5
RP Kyle Kendrick 2.45
OF/1B Ross Gload 1.6
C Brian Schneider 1.5
RP J.C. Romero 1.35
OF Ben Francisco 1.175
UTIL Pete Orr .600
UTIL Wilson Valdez .460
RP David Herndon .425
RP Antonio Bastardo .419
OF John Mayberry Jr. .414
UTIL Michael Martinez .414
TOTAL 27 players $167.657

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