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Looking at the rebuild: examining the Phillies payroll this season

Daniel Nava has been a pleasant surprise on this Phillies team, the Phils may want to keep a few guys around like him even after the trade deadline

The Phillies payroll looked like a bargain basement team this year until upper management added a few free agents to round out this team and beef up the payroll to an Opening Day sum of $100M for 2017.

Last year the Opening Day payroll was $88M as the Phillies didn’t elect to go out and add a few free agents to join the mix of that team,

If management didn’t add the likes of Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders just prior to the start of Spring Training, you could have been right near the point of last year’s payroll, the combination of those players cost the Phils of $18M this season for both.

 The bulk of the Phillies salary though rests in Jeremy Hellickson’s hands, he accepted the $17.2M offer from the Phillies due to the lack of him getting a multi-year deal somewhere else. So, he is responsible for 17 percent of the Phillies total salary.

Now, at almost the All-Star Break, Saunders has been released from the team, as he didn’t do as well as expected, the Phils still paying for his $8M salary this year and a $1M salary for next year. Kendrick has done well, he’s been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, but he’s been injured a couple of times too so far this season.

As of right now, the Phillies only have Odubel Herrera signed beyond this season, having given him a guaranteed $30.5M over 5 years and an incentive to earn $24M beyond that. Of course he has had plenty of troubles this season, his play on the field has been lackadaisical and at times, just plain bad. So, it will be interesting to see what happens with him beyond this season.

There is a ton of talent in the AAA level right now for the Phillies, if you listen to the talk about them, the future for the Major League club sounds great if all these players were to get promotions to the Phils like the team’s number 4 prospect did already, Nick Williams. Williams has shown a lot of humbleness being called up, and has made a small impact on this team already. He’s currently batting .273 in 22 AB so far.

Where do the Phillies go from here? Rumor had it that the team is looking to add a major free agent in the near future. Pitching and batting have been very bad though lately, the Phils are 29th in the MLB in runs scored, and 28th in OBP. Pitching is ranked 23rd in ERA out of all 30 teams, and Batting Average Against is .269 which is 25th in the league.

Who makes what on the Phillies for 2017-

(thanks to baseball-reference for this)

Team Future Payrolls

Name Age Yrs Acquired SrvTm Agent Contract Status 2017
2018
Jeremy Hellickson 30 8 Traded 6.045 Boras Corporation 1 yr/$17.2M (17) $17.2M FA
Clay Buchholz 32 11 Traded 8.059 ISE Baseball 7 yrs/$56.75M (11-17) $13.5M FA
Howie Kendrick 33 12 Traded 10.091 Larry Reynolds 2 yrs/$20M (16-17) $10M FA
Joaquin Benoit 39 16 Free Agency 14.040 Levinsons 1 yr/$7.5M (17) $7.5M FA
Pat Neshek 36 11 Traded 8.159 Meister Sports Ma… 3 yrs/$18.5M (15-17) $6.5M FA
Freddy Galvis 27 6 Amateur Free Agent 4.021 The Legacy Agency 1 yr/$4.35M (17) $4.35M Arb
Andres Blanco 33 10 Free Agency 6.007 ISE Baseball 1 yr/$3M (17) $3M FA
Cesar Hernandez 27 5 Amateur Free Agent 2.154 Octagon 1 yr/$2.55M (17) $2.55M Arb
Odubel Herrera 25 3 Rule 5 Draft 2.000 Victor Tranquillo… 5 yrs/$30.5M (17-21) & 22-23 team option $1.6M $3.35M
Daniel Nava 34 7 Free Agency 5.024 ISE Baseball 1 yr/$1.35M (17) $1.35M FA
Casey Fien 33 8 Purchased 4.118 Wasserman Media G… 1 yr/$1.1M (17) $1.1M Arb
Cameron Rupp 28 5 Amateur Draft 2.089 Octagon 1 yr/$565k (17) $565k Arb
Maikel Franco 24 4 Amateur Free Agent 1.170 BTI Sports 1 yr/$560k (17) $560k Arb
Hector Neris 28 4 Amateur Free Agent 1.104 1 yr/$558k (17) $557.5k Pre-Arb
Jerad Eickhoff 26 3 Traded 1.045 The Legacy Agency 1 yr/$552k (17),1 yr/$552k (17) $552k Pre-Arb
Vince Velasquez 25 3 Traded 1.086 Paragon Sports In… 1 yr/$547k (17),1 yr/$547k (17) $547k Pre-Arb
Aaron Nola 24 3 Amateur Draft 1.076 Paragon Sports In… 1 yr/$544k (17) $544k Pre-Arb
Tommy Joseph 25 2 Traded 0.143 1 yr/$543k (17) $543k Pre-Arb
Edubray Ramos 24 2 Free Agency 0.101 1 yr/$540k (17),1 yr/$540k (17) $540k Pre-Arb
Adam Morgan 27 3 Amateur Draft 1.054 CAA Sports 1 yr/$539k (17) $539k Pre-Arb
Aaron Altherr 26 4 Amateur Draft 1.054 All Bases Covered… 1 yr/$539k (17) $538.5k Pre-Arb
Ty Kelly 28 2 Purchased 0.076 1 yr/$537k (17) $537.21k Pre-Arb
Cesar Ramos 33 8 5.095 Wasserman Media G… Arb
Pedro Florimon 30 6 2.080 Martin Arburua
Luis Garcia 30 5 Free Agency 2.017 Topline Sports an…
Pedro Beato 30 4 1.169 Excel Sports Mana…
Hector Gomez 29 3 1.079
Michael Mariot 28 3 Waivers 1.057 Arland Sports
Pat Venditte 32 2 1.017 Marc Kligman
Zach Eflin 23 2 Traded 0.111
Jake Thompson 23 2 Traded 0.058
Colton Murray 27 2 Amateur Draft 0.113
Jorge Alfaro 24 1st Traded 0.024
Roman Quinn 24 1st Amateur Draft 0.022
Mich Mich Mich Mich Mich Mich $1M
Ryan Ryan Ryan Ryan Ryan Ryan $10M
Matt Matt Matt Matt Matt Matt $13.2M $2M
Char Char Char Char Char Char $1M
Signed Play Play Play Play Play Play *22 1
Dollars Committed Valu Valu Valu Valu Valu Valu *$98.9M $6.35M
Contract Options Play Play Play Play Play Play
Option Values Maxi Maxi Maxi Maxi Maxi Maxi
Arb Eligible Numb Numb Numb Numb Numb Numb 0-0-5-0
Arb Costs Roug Roug Roug Roug Roug Roug $20.18M
Other Players Addi Addi Addi Addi Addi Addi 19
Other Costs Esti Esti Esti Esti Esti Esti $15.06M
Payroll (no options) Est. Est. Est. Est. Est. Est. $41.6M
Payroll (options) Est. Est. Est. Est. Est. Est. $41.6M
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/6/2017.

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