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Phillies to open with lowest Opening Day payroll since 2010?

With the Delmon Young signing, the Phillies appear to have completed their work on what is likely to be their Opening Day roster. Barring a late trade or free agent signing, both of which appear to be highly unlikely, the club should open the season with a payroll under $160 million for the first time since 2010, when their total salary expenditures was around $140 million.

Phillies to open with lowest Opening Day payroll since 2010?

With the Delmon Young signing, the Phillies appear to have completed their work on what is likely to be their Opening Day roster. Barring a late trade or free agent signing, both of which appear to be highly unlikely, the club should open the season with a payroll under $160 million for the first time since 2010, when their total salary expenditures was around $140 million. 

A quick breakdown of the projected 25-man squad:

Lineup

 

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS - $11 million ($9.5 AAV)
  2. Ben Revere CF - $0.515 million
  3. Chase Utley 2B - $15.0 million ($12.143 AAV)
  4. Ryan Howard 1B - $20.0 million ($25 million AAV)
  5. Michael Young 3B - $6.0 million
  6. Domonic Brown LF - $0.500 million
  7. Delmon Young RF - $0.750 million
  8. Erik Kratz C - $0.500 million
Rotation
  1. Cole Hamels - $19.5 million ($24.0 AAV)
  2. Cliff Lee - $25.0 million ($24.0 AAV)
  3. Roy Halladay - $20.0 million
  4. Kyle Kendrick - $4.5 million ($3.75 AAV)
  5. John Lannan - $2.5 million
Bullpen
  1. Jonathan Papelbon - $13.0 million ($12.5 AAV)
  2. Mike Adams - $6.0 million
  3. Antonio Bastardo - $1.4 million
  4. Jeremy Horst - $0.500 million
  5. Mike Stutes - $0.500 million
  6. Jake Diekman - $0.500 million
  7. Justin De Fratus - $0.500 million
Bench
  1. Laynce Nix - $1.35 million ($1.25 AAV)
  2. Darin Ruf - $0.414 million
  3. John Mayberry Jr. - $0.515 million
  4. Kevin Fransen - $0.850 million
  5. Humberto Quintero - $0.850 million
  6. Carlos Ruiz - $4.60 million (SUSPENDED FOR FIRST 25 GAMES)
According to my figures -- everybody who has a salary under $800,000 is projected, although all of those salaries will end up being around $500,000 -- the Phillies should open the season with a payroll right around $157 million ($158 million in AAV, which is the number used for luxury tax purposes). Factor in the $10 million that gets added to the total for player benefits when calculating the luxury tax, and the Phillies will be about $11 million under the threshold. 
Last year, the Phillies opened with a payroll around $172 million. In 2011, it was around $165 million. 

 



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