After factoring in the Phillies three biggest free agent signings this winter, Carlos Ruiz, Marlon Byrd and Roberto Hernandez, and projecting what the arbitration-eligible players will likely make in 2014, the Opening Day payroll for the Phillies this season isn't expected to be too different from the Opening Day payroll last season.
And that's despite the fact that every major league team got an additional $24 million this winter as part of the league's new national TV deal. And despite the fact that the Phillies are going to sign their own, massive, local TV deal in the near future.
And despite the fact that the projected payroll - somewhere in the neighborhood of $170 million - is well below the $189 million luxury tax threshold.
So, then, why aren't the Phillies in the market for the Carlos Beltrans, Shin-Soo Choos, Curtis Grandersons and Matt Garzas of the free agent world?