Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An updated look at the Phillies' 2013 payroll

One of the important revelations today: the Phillies should finish the season under the $178 million luxury tax threshold, meaning they won't incur a 30 percent penalty if they exceed it next year. Instead, that figure will be 17.5 percent. That's important, because the Phillies could very well go over.

An updated look at the Phillies' 2013 payroll

Right now, the Phillies have $138.35 million guaranteed to 10 players for next year. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Right now, the Phillies have $138.35 million guaranteed to 10 players for next year. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

One of the important revelations today: the Phillies should finish the season under the $178 million luxury tax threshold, meaning they won't incur a 30 percent penalty if they exceed it next year. Instead, that figure will be 17.5 percent. That's important, because the Phillies could very well go over. 

Right now, they have $138.35 million guaranteed to 10 players. I'm projecting a $2.75 million arbitration salary for Nate Schierholtz, with Scott Hairston as my comparable, and I'm projecting $1.5 million for Antonio Bastardo. The Phillies usually sign a utility player for about $600,000 and a backup catcher for $800,000. Along with Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Vance Worley, Josh Lindblom and Jake Diekman, all of whom should make right around the minimum, the Phillies would have about $146.12 million going to 19 players. 

Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that he expects to have enough money to sign multiple high-profile free agents. He specifically mentioned the bullpen, where players like Carlos Villanueva, Mark Lowe, Peter Moylan, Jason Frasor, Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell and Randy Choate are all scheduled to be free agents. 

The payroll:

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Lineup

 

  1. Empty (3B/CF/LF)
  2. Chase Utley 2B - $15.0 million ($12.1 million against luxury tax threshold)
  3. Empty (3B/CF/LF)
  4. Ryan Howard 1B - $20.0 million ($25.0 million against luxury tax threshold)
  5. Empty (3B/CF/LF)
  6. Carlos Ruiz C - $5.0 million ($3.375 million against luxury tax threshold)
  7. Jimmy Rollins SS - $11.0 million ($9.5 million against luxury tax threshold)
  8. Domonic Brown RF - $0.480 million 
Bench
  1. Nate Schierholtz LF/RF/LHB - $2.75 million
  2. Laynce Nix LF/1B/LHB - $1.35 million ($1.25 million against luxury tax threshold)
  3. John Mayberry Jr. LF/CF/RHB - $0.515 million
  4. Utility man - $0.600 million
  5. Backup Catcher - $0.800 million
Rotation
  1. Cole Hamels LHP - $24.0 million
  2. Cliff Lee LHP - $25.0 million ($24.0 million against luxury tax threshold)
  3. Roy Halladay RHP - $20.0 million
  4. Vance Worley RHP - $0.515 million
  5. Kyle Kendrick RHP - $4.5 million ($3.75 million against luxury tax threshold)
Bullpen
  1. Jonathan Papelbon - $13.0 million ($12.5 million against luxury tax threshold)
  2. Antonio Bastardo - $1.5 million
  3. Josh Lindblom - $0.515 million
  4. Jake Diekman - $0.495 million
  5. Empty
  6. Empty
  7. Empty

 



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