The Philadelphia Phillies Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward
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The Phillies slide down the NL East Standings all started at the end of the 2011 NLCS. Gruesomely, Ryan Howard pulverized his ankle running down to 1st, and the team has not been right since.
A late charge in 2012 preserved a 81 – 81 record – to extend a decade of .500 or better baseball, however 2013 held a cruel fate of a 73 – 89 final mark.
Injuries to ‘now retired’ Roy Halladay and Howard helped plague the team to its first losing season in 11 years.
Ruben Amaro Jr. and the brass steadfastly approach this season like every other campaign in the last few years, “we will be better in 2014, and still have enough to compete.”
The emergence of Domonic Brown in 2013 has at least saved them from contract hell. Also look for another breakout from Darin Ruf this season.
These two gentleman can go a long way in saving their GM’s job – with just being paid entry – level deals while maybe cracking great production numbers.
The addition of A.J. Burnett should deflect the loss of Halladay, and returning Phillies player Marlon Byrd – should provide a little more stability than the 2013 version of Delmon Young.
This organization is in team salary chaos right now. Ryan Howard will pocket $25 MIL in 2014 – and rakes in that very sum also for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
This contract is an albatross of sorts. Even if the guy can play healthy all year, he may display about 60 – 70% of what they are paying him for.
Chase Utley‘s deal was a smart one of 2 YRs/$25 MIL – and 3 straight Vesting Options of $15 MIL per year from 2016 – 2018, with him just having to reach 500 PA’s each of the previous years to vest the next. .
Utley can also make an additional $5 MIL in 2015, if he can spend 15 days or less on the DL this year. This money does not cripple the organization and makes him perform.
Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels will make $25.0 MIL and $23.5 MIL respectively in 2014, but they can pitch like Cy Young contenders and warrant these type of contracts.
Lee also has a $27.5 MIL Option for 2016. What is troubling for Philly, is there is a $12.5 MIL Buyout if Lee can throw 200 IP in 2015 for that deal to kick in – or 400 IP for 2014-2015 combined.
Amaro Jr. seems to be in love with doling out contracts that feature Vesting Options. These are creative deals to be sure, but can inflict salary hell if a player is hurt after exercising one of these.
Jonathan Papelbon and Jimmy Rollins join the teams 7 total members of this $10+ MIL salary club.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that many of these players are also locked up for the 2015 year.
Only Roberto Hernandez (AKA Fausto Carmona) is a Free Agent next season – and he was just insurance for the Starting Rotation at $4 MIL in 2014.
The ‘Fightins’ have a shot in the NL East if Howard and Utley can return to form at some level, meanwhile their Starting Pitching is extremely deep, and Papelbon is still a good Closer.
With the Marlins and Mets not having the best clubs in 2014, it is quite possible the Phillies can make some games up in their 38 games versus these two Division foes.
Philadelphia is 2nd in the National League for Budgeted Payrollat roughly $170 MIL (as only LA tops them).
The team has seen record attendances at Citizens Bank Ballpark over the last decade. They keep pushing for TV Ratings as well, and that is why they are putting off an entire rebuild.
If the squad is in contention at the Trade Deadline – don’t be surprised for them to approach the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold.
I am sure the management knows that this campaign represents their best chance to win for some time.
Contract Outlook From 2014 – 2016
|POS||Player||Age||2014 Payroll||2015 Payroll||2016 Payroll|
|SP4-||Roberto Hernandez (Carmona)||30||$4,500,000||FA|
|RHSU-||Justin De Fratus||26||NON-ARB2||NON-ARB3||ARB1|
|Phillies POSITION PLAYERS,||AGE||2014 SALARY||2015 SALARY||2016 SALARY|
|Signed Contracts So Far||2014||2015||2016|
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Posted on February 16, 2014, in MLB Payroll and Contracts and tagged a.j. burnett, antonio bastardo, b.j. rosenberg, ben revere, cameron rupp, carlos ruiz, cesar hernandez, chase utley, cliff lee, Cody Asche, cole hamels, darin ruf, delmon young, Domonic Brown, Ethan Martin, Freddy Galvis, Jacob Diekman, jeremy horst, jimmy rollins, joe savery, john mayberry, jonathan papelbon, jonathan pettibone, justin de fratus, kevin frandsen, kyle kendrick, Luis Garcia, marlon byrd, miami marlins, Michael Stutes, mike adams, new york mets, NL east, philadelphia phillies payroll 2014, Phillies Pitchers, Phillies POSITION PLAYERS, Roberto Hernandez (Carmona), roy halladay, ruben amaro jr, ryan howard, wil nieves. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
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