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Three Phillies Make the List of Highest Paid Athletes

CliffLeehowardhamelsThe Philadelphia Phillies have a pretty big payroll; this much we know. Their $180,052,723 payroll is good for the third highest in baseball. So with a high payroll comes some pretty high individual salaries, of course. Some of those contracts are among the highest in all of sports. recently posted a list of the top 25 highest paid athletes in the world and three Phillies are on that list. Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard‘s $25 million dollar 2014 salaries are tied for 16th on the list. Cole Hamels 2014 salary comes in at #23 with the lefty getting a hefty $23.5 million dollars this year.

Among MLB players Lee & Howard are both tied for the second highest salary, trailing only Dodgers starter Zach Greinke who is slated to make $28 million this year. Hamels $23.5 million is good for sixth place among MLB players. And while he is not on the list, the Phillies Jonathan Papelbon is MLB’s highest paid reliever with a 2014 salary of $13 million.

So far its looking like Cliff Lee is the only one who is worth the money. Since signing with the Phillies during the 2010 offseason Lee has posted a 39-26 record with a 2.87 ERA while averaging just under a strikeout an inning.

Cole Hamels has stayed true to his career numbers. Since signing his mega deal before the 2012 trade deadline, Hamels has posted a 3.44 ERA. Ryan Howard has battled injuries, and because of that, is a shell of the player the Phillies thought they were getting when he signed his contract extension back in 2010.

To see the full list, click here. 




  1. Ken Bland

    April 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    “So far its looking like Cliff Lee is the only one who is worth the money”

    Pat Egan with a simple sentence that takes on multiple dimensions. I liked the so far part. One never knows when an Indian Summer will appear on the Hallmark calendar. But more significantly, whatever happened to the word relatively? Have we come to accept salaries as the way of the world, and lost touch with the folks that were members of the They’re all overpaid party?

    I can’t even relate to that list. I guess when you live through Mike Schmidt was yelled at for making 560,000 a year, or Drysdale and Koufax holding out of spring training because 100,000 dollar offers were not to their liking, you have to hope you eased into the transition of today’s salaries. Waking up to these salaries would be culture shock.

    By the way, Pat, if you are reading this, I appreciated your reply to my pretty firm different view on Revere some time back. I didn’t reply in line with people state their views, they’re entitled, me repeating mine is not changing the world, and I try to stay away from simple replies for the most part like thanks for the reply. And I’m not telling you this to encourage you to think at all differently, just as a matter of in case you missed it, and you can apply whatever degree of credibility you wish to it.

    On Pat Gallen’s venture with Jayson Stark last night, Stark is a real straight shooter and seems to speak the truth. How much he shares, I dunno, but he was pretty convincing on how the Phils were very open to replacing Ben this winter, and still have a lot of questions on him. That, of course, doesn’t alter the value of the trade a whole lot, until Worley and/or May do some good stuff, but it was interesting to me to hear what I consider a reliable source pass on the observation that the club, for lack of a specific name/names has reservations for similar reasons a number of fans have expressed that are well known enough that there’s no need to rekindle them.

  2. schmenkman

    April 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    “So far its looking like Cliff Lee is the only one who is worth the money.”

    Hamels is also on track so far.

    Last year he made $20.5 million.

    According to fangraphs, he produced 4.2 WAR, which, on the open market (based on what teams have actually paid per WAR on average), was worth $20.8 million.

  3. Chris

    April 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

    There ain’t a baseball player “worth” anywhere close to that kind of money. The people who really deserve the money…police, firemen, social workers don’t get paid what they’re worth. It’s a screwed up world for sure.

  4. bacardipr

    April 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Unless Howard makes a comeback he’ll be the one known to have handicapped the Philles in the near future. Not that is his fault that Rube the boob extended him for so long when he did.

    • George

      April 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Even though Howard has “handicapped the Phillies,” they’ve still manged to increase payroll the past few seasons. They’ve managed to extend Hamels, Utley, Rollins, and Ruiz, and added Papelbon, and Adams to some pretty rich contracts. I sure wish I could dish out $125 million and still have a few hundred more millions to throw around afterward.

      It seems to me that the only thing Howard has really been handicapping is the teams ability to get production from 1st base. Pittsburg doesn’t get much production there, either, and they made last year’s playoffs.

    • Ken Bland

      April 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      “Unless Howard makes a comeback he’ll be the one known to have handicapped the Philles in the near future.” Not that is his fault that Rube the boob extended him for so long when he did. –

      I wonder every time I hear Ruben Minaya referred to as Rube Da Boob what size he is. 36? Doubtful. Ruin ain’t that good.

      Actually, on the original subject of the Howard deal, I wonder how many peeps are still alive that remember that Howard whacked 58 roundtrippers at the financial pace of 900,000 dollars per. Thank you, Mr. Arbitrator, and THANK YOU, my fellow members of the Players Association.

      Funny how when RAJ Junior announced the deal, seen then as sizable, and still so, though not quite as much, he mentioned it was as much to reward his past performance.

      Truth is, the copied statement off the Beta keyboard is pretty fair, citing the when Ruben extended him as a criticism. As I recollect, the 5 year extension didn’t start for another 2 years. Now the future has told us that like signing a 7th grader to an NC2A letter of intent isn’t real bright, it’s a fair similarity to signing RyHo so far in advance of necessity, but that’s really the only real major flaw with the deal. The 5 years was not ludicrous (maybe not terribly bright, considering when power usually reduces, but not laughably ridiculous). The amount of money makes me think of the old mathematics formula of 2 wrongs not making a right, or, in the case of pro sports, the wrongs adding up to an entire employee base don’t make a right. Won’t nobody never call the Howard contract good, of course, it’s just nice to occasionally sift through to the righteousness of what was really bad about it. But in the ways it’s bad, tis a killer.


    • Lefty

      April 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      While it is true that Howard has not affected the team’s ability to spend, his performance during this contract certainly has affected the teams’ planning of why his contract would be a good idea in the first place. I’d be willing to bet they never expected to have this high a payroll because they thought that the Ryan Howard of 06-09 should be able to keep carrying the heavy load he was previously, throughout most of this contract.

      Yes it’s true that injuries are unpredictable, and it’s neither the team nor Howard’s fault they happened. But IMO- his performance was not meeting 20-25 million dollar expectations prior to the nagging, and then damaging injuries anyway. Walk rate, BB/K, and just his ability to see the ball from he batters box were already trending the wrong way. He was trying to perform great, of that I have no doubt, but it wasn’t going in the right direction before injuries were discussed. ( at least publicly)

      So no, his contract was not detrimental to the spending ability of the club, but it did affect the club negatively just the same. For example, maybe if in 2011 they got the 2007 version of Ryan Howard, they wouldn’t need to trade for Pence, or maybe Werth would have been retained, and we’d still have Cosart and Singleton,- and who knows what could else have been? Anyway, just my opinion.

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