Phillies' 2010 payroll is third in MLB

Cliff Lee's return to Philadelphia brought much rejoicing. (AP Photo)

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.

Here is the list, according to the AP:

N.Y. Yankees $215,053,064

Boston 170,650,856

Philadelphia 145,539,931

Chicago Cubs 142,410,031

Detroit 135,913,308

New York Mets 127,560,042

Los Angeles Angels 123,478,263

Chicago White Sox 112,197,078

Los Angeles Dodgers 109,753,719

Minnesota 103,039,407

San Francisco 101,417,943

St. Louis 98,354,244

Milwaukee 94,554,209

Seattle 93,376,107

Houston 90,119,188

Atlanta 89,226,985

Colorado 87,974,390

Toronto 86,803,549

Cincinnati 82,451,340

Tampa Bay 77,510,502

Kansas City 76,781,350

Texas 74,302,980

Baltimore 73,231,289

Washington 71,937,323

Arizona 70,531,163

Oakland 61,773,644

Cleveland 60,500,460

Florida 47,331,979

Pittsburgh 44,146,967

San Diego 43,654,177

Total 2,911,575,488