The Phillies had the third-highest payroll in baseball in 2010, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner's office and obtained by the Associated Press.
The figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions, according to the AP.
The Phillies' total is $145,539,931. Only the Yankees at $215,053,064 and Boston at $170,650,856 had higher payrolls. Both teams had to pay the luxury tax.
The commissioner’s office computed the average salary at $2,932,162, up 1.7 percent from last year’s $2,882,336. The players’ association, which uses a slightly different method, pegged the average at $3,014,572 last week, up 0.6 percent from $2,996,106.