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Phillies $180 Million Payroll is Third Highest in Baseball

111113_Amaro_600Thanks to Deadspin’s crack research team we now know that the Phillies payroll for 2014 will be $180,052,723. That’s $20.4 million more than their opening day payroll in 2013.

Additions of Marlon Byrd ($8 million) and AJ Burnett ($14.7 million) were big reasons for the jump in payroll. Players like Carlos Ruiz and Kyle Kendrick received raises this season, which also contributed to the payroll spike. The Phillies currently have three players on the roster who are scheduled to make over $20 million, all of whom are over the age of 30. Ryan Howard ($25 million) Cliff Lee ($25 million) and Cole Hamels ($23.5 million) are the highest paid Phillies on the roster.

Amaro has stated that the Phillies are at their peak in terms of spending. He was quoted in the Daily News today saying the ownership group has given him every opportunity to compete, and that the current teams budget is far beyond where it is supposed to be. Yet even with a high payroll its safe to say most Phillies fans are not overly optimistic about this season.

The average age of the current active roster is 29.4 years old. The two big acquisitions this offseason are 36 (Byrd) and 37 (Burnett) years old. When looking at the roster fans see an old team that’s getting paid a lot of money. It will be interesting to see if the Phillies end up contending and whether or not they add payroll at the deadline…or unload and break it all down.



  1. wbramh

    March 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    The Dodgers just dethroned the Yanks ($205 mil) with a payroll $235 million.
    The World Champion Red Sox are now at $163 mil and likely still the best team in baseball again this year.

    Aside from the horror of the Phillies (a 5th or 6th place team) having the 3rd highest payroll in the league, there’s something even more insulting; the possibility that the Astros may finish with a better record than the Phillies after dramatically increasing their payroll from $27 mil to $45 mil. – still the lowest in baseball.


  2. Puddin Apodaca

    March 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I guess you could say that Ruben Amaro sucks at controlling his budget. It is a shame and it really hurts the club. I wonder how long we will be a sub 500 team? I wonder how long Ruben will keep his job.

  3. Tom in South Philly

    March 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I knew the Phillies payroll was pretty high; I wasn’t aware it was behind only the Dodgers and Yankees. The expensive payroll combined with age and under-achieving the past few seasons are the reasons I get the sense this is the last hurrah for this group. If the window of opportunity isn’t already shut; it will be after this year.

    If the Phillies are out of play-off contention by the trade deadline, expect a massive fire-sale. This may include RAJ. And even if they pull off some Boston-type miracle and go a long ways in the playoffs, it’s going to have a sunset glow about it. I expect there would be a lot of changes in the off-season. Options may not be picked-up and large contracts may become more tradable with one year less on them. So in either case, enjoy this group of Phillies while we have them; I think a lot of them may be gone next year.

  4. Mike in Andorra

    March 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    The Phillies should have never signed Jimmy nor Chase and the hot air flowing out of this team should have melted all the snow two weeks ago. This team will more likely finish below last years W/L record and not even a chance of making the playoffs.

    Cliff Lee will be the first to go and join Shane in Boston which means another championship for Bean Town. If only somebody would want Ryan!!!!!

    So how about 76 wins and 106 on the losses and oh by the way Jimmy Rollins traded to Oakland.

    • schmenkman

      March 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Disagree on Rollins and Utley, I think those were both good deals. And they only play 162 games in baseball, not 182.

    • robbie ellis

      March 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Lee will be here until the end. The GM had his chance to trade him last season and he didn’t. Besides, the fans would riot, right? This is the favorite son of Philadelphia. If Hamels comes back strong, don’t be surprised if he goes at the deadline. Younger with more upside to a team that can afford the contract. Hamels really wanted to be here and re-signed with the team 2 years ago although he’s never really been appreciated, but I think he is gone probably along with Rollins and smaller pieces like Byrd and Burnett.

      Should be some happy times ahead with all those prospects Cole will net. I only wish they would trade him to a division opponent but the Yanks, Red Sox or Dodgers seem more likely.

  5. Lefty

    March 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I’m not overly optimistic about the 2014 club, but also not concerned about the payroll at all. I want the Phils to spend. We had so many years of tight fisted ownership that I’m not about to complain when they spend. Let them pay luxury tax for all I care.

    162 games costs me the same $129.99 for all connected devices that it does for a fan that roots for the Astros or Marlins. Add in 5 or 6 live games at $60-80 each and that’s the extent of my salary cap.

    I am very concerned about the “experts” reports on the state of the Phillies farm system, (Seems Peter Gammons is the latest to weigh in) but as far as the ML team, spend away boys.

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