Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a list that was originally compiled in May 2020.
Bryce Harper may have signed a $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies ahead of the 2019 season, but he’s only earned a certain portion of that sticker price so far in his tenure with the team. While the amount of money he has received is still some of the most paid to a player in franchise history, a number of others players have still earned more.
10. Pat Burrell: $53,810,000
Burrell was the first overall selection by the Phillies in the 1998 draft, and made his major-league debut in 2000. He signed a six-year extension for $50 million in 2003. Burrell would remain with the franchise through 2008, before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, the team that the Phillies had just beaten in the World Series.
9. Bobby Abreu: $61,229,666
Abreu came to Philadelphia in a trade ahead of the 1998 season. He would play in nine seasons with the Phillies before being traded to the New York Yankees during the 2006 season. He would ultimately earn over $61 million during his stretch as a Phillie.
8. Jake Arrieta: $62,407,407
The Phillies signed Jake Arrieta to a three-year, $75 million contract before the 2018 season. The former Cy Young Award winner made $55 million through the first two seasons of his time as a member of the team, then earned an estimated $7,407,407 in prorated salary during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign before leaving in free agency.
7. Bryce Harper: $66,129,629
Harper will one day sit atop the leaderboard in career earnings for a Phillies player, but that day is not upon us yet. Through three seasons in Philadelphia, Harper has been paid a different sum of money each year. He received $30 million in salary and signing bonus in his first season, an estimated $9,629,629 in prorated salary in 2020 and $26.5 million in his 2021 National League MVP season.
6. Roy Halladay: $75,800,000
The Toronto Blue Jays paid for $6 million of Halladay’s 2010 salary after trading him to the Phillies. This left the Phillies paying the remaining $15.75 million for that historic season where Halladay threw two no-hitters and won the National League Cy Young Award. Halladay signed a three-year extension worth $60 million for 2011-2013, also earning $50,000 in incentives.
5. Jimmy Rollins: $87,790,000
A second-round pick by the team in 1996, Rollins spent 15 seasons with the Phillies. The former shortstop signed two major extensions during his career, worth a total of $73 million. Rollins became the franchise leader in hits in 2014, and was traded to the Dodgers after that season, with the Phillies still paying $1 million of his salary in 2015.
4. Cole Hamels: $103,416,345
Hamels received a $2 million signing bonus after being selected in the first round of the 2002 draft by the Phillies. 10 years later, the 2008 World Series MVP got another big payday, signing a six-year, $144 million extension with the team in 2012. Hamels was later traded — along with Jake Diekman and cash considerations — to the Texas Rangers in 2015.
3. Chase Utley: $119,278,257
Another first-rounder, Utley signed for $1.78 million after being selected by the Phillies in the 2000 draft. He agreed to two major extensions with the team in his career for a total of $112 million. Utley was traded to the Dodgers during the 2015 season. The Phillies paid for $2 million of his salary the next season.
2. Cliff Lee: $122,227,500
The Phillies paid for about a third of Lee’s salary in 2009 after receiving him in a trade from Cleveland. Although he helped the team reach its second World Series in two years, the Phillies dealt Lee to the Seattle Mariners after that season. Lee would return to Philadelphia as a free agent before the 2011 season, signing for five years and $120 million.
1. Ryan Howard: $190,585,000
Howard was the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP and a key part of the 2008 World Series team. The Phillies rewarded him for those accomplishments with a five-year, $125 million extension in 2010. However, this extension did not kick in until 2012, the season after Howard tore his Achilles tendon. Although he was never quite the same player following that injury, Howard remained with the Phillies through the 2016 season until his contract extension expired and earned $10 million in 2017 when the Phillies declined his $23 million option for that season.
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