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Ruben Amaro Jr. said he would like the Phillies to have a payroll between $165 million and $170 million. (USA Today Images)
If the Phillies are serious about maintaining a payroll between $165 million and $170 million, they have almost nothing left to spend this offseason.
“We should be contending with this kind of payroll, at $165 million or $170 million, wherever it shakes out,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, including CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, at the winter meetings earlier in the week (see story).
A look at the Phils' payroll shows that, after the Roberto Hernandez agreement, they've committed about $162 million.
Here's how it breaks down in 2014:
• Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels: $73.5 million
• Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins: $26M
• Jonathan Papelbon and Mike Adams: $20M
• Carlos Ruiz and Wil Nieves: $9.625M
• Marlon Byrd: $8M
• Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: $4M
• Roberto Hernandez: $4.5M
• Kevin Frandsen: $900,000
That adds up to $146.525 million for 13 players.
Throw in the projected arbitration salaries for Kyle Kendrick ($7M), Antonio Bastardo ($2M), Ben Revere and John Mayberry ($1.5M each), and you're at $158.525 million for 17 players.
Then comes all the young players on the 40-man roster who haven't reached arbitration: Dom Brown, Darin Ruf, Brad Lincoln, Jeremy Horst, Phillippe Aumont, Freddy Galvis, Cody Asche, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, Cesar Hernandez, Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin, Kevin Munson, B.J. Rosenberg, Cameron Rupp and Michael Stutes.
Those young guys will combine to add $6-8 million more to the payroll, putting it right around $165 million.
As you see, there is very little wiggle room for the Phils to make any more moves, significant or insignificant. It's a reason they so badly want to trade Papelbon, but as we explained Thursday (see story), you're either going to have to eat most of Papelbon's contract to get a decent return for him or trade him for absolutely nothing but salary relief.
It's been a strange offseason for the Phils. Some of their moves look good in a vacuum, but not when you consider their standing in the National League and the way the roster has been constructed.