Jayson Stark writes the Phillies have spent the most money this offseason, pouring about $30 million into the payroll. According to Stark, the payroll will be in the $130M range:
Amazingly, that entire increase was spent on keeping the Phillies’ World Series cast in place – not on adding to it. Their two free-agent signees – Raul Ibanez and Chan Ho Park — will actually make significantly less money this year ($11 million combined) than their outgoing free agents – Pat Burrell, Tom Gordon and Rudy Seanez – made last year ($19.9 million).
Look, the Phillies spent money! Hooray!
That’s what a ring gets you.