Thursday, July 06, 2017

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
Jeremy Hellickson308Traded6.045Boras Corporation1 yr/$17.2M (17)$17.2MFA
Clay Buchholz3211Traded8.059ISE Baseball7 yrs/$56.75M (11-17)$13.5MFA
Howie Kendrick3312Traded10.091Larry Reynolds2 yrs/$20M (16-17)$10MFA
Joaquin Benoit3916Free Agency14.040Levinsons1 yr/$7.5M (17)$7.5MFA
Pat Neshek3611Traded8.159Meister Sports Ma...3 yrs/$18.5M (15-17)$6.5MFA
Freddy Galvis276Amateur Free Agent4.021The Legacy Agency1 yr/$4.35M (17)$4.35MArb
Andres Blanco3310Free Agency6.007ISE Baseball1 yr/$3M (17)$3MFA
Cesar Hernandez275Amateur Free Agent2.154Octagon1 yr/$2.55M (17)$2.55MArb
Odubel Herrera253Rule 5 Draft2.000Victor Tranquillo...5 yrs/$30.5M (17-21) & 22-23 team option$1.6M$3.35M
Daniel Nava347Free Agency5.024ISE Baseball1 yr/$1.35M (17)$1.35MFA
Casey Fien338Purchased4.118Wasserman Media G...1 yr/$1.1M (17)$1.1MArb
Cameron Rupp285Amateur Draft2.089Octagon1 yr/$565k (17)$565kArb
Maikel Franco244Amateur Free Agent1.170BTI Sports1 yr/$560k (17)$560kArb
Hector Neris284Amateur Free Agent1.1041 yr/$558k (17)$557.5kPre-Arb
Jerad Eickhoff263Traded1.045The Legacy Agency1 yr/$552k (17),1 yr/$552k (17)$552kPre-Arb
Vince Velasquez253Traded1.086Paragon Sports In...1 yr/$547k (17),1 yr/$547k (17)$547kPre-Arb
Aaron Nola243Amateur Draft1.076Paragon Sports In...1 yr/$544k (17)$544kPre-Arb
Tommy Joseph252Traded0.1431 yr/$543k (17)$543kPre-Arb
Edubray Ramos242Free Agency0.1011 yr/$540k (17),1 yr/$540k (17)$540kPre-Arb
Adam Morgan273Amateur Draft1.054CAA Sports1 yr/$539k (17)$539kPre-Arb
Aaron Altherr264Amateur Draft1.054All Bases Covered...1 yr/$539k (17)$538.5kPre-Arb
Ty Kelly282Purchased0.0761 yr/$537k (17)$537.21kPre-Arb
Cesar Ramos3385.095Wasserman Media G...Arb
Pedro Florimon3062.080Martin Arburua
Luis Garcia305Free Agency2.017Topline Sports an...
Pedro Beato3041.169Excel Sports Mana...
Hector Gomez2931.079
Michael Mariot283Waivers1.057Arland Sports
Pat Venditte3221.017Marc Kligman
Zach Eflin232Traded0.111
Jake Thompson232Traded0.058
Colton Murray272Amateur Draft0.113
Jorge Alfaro241stTraded0.024
Roman Quinn241stAmateur Draft0.022
Dollars CommittedValuValuValuValuValuValu*$98.9M$6.35M
Contract OptionsPlayPlayPlayPlayPlayPlay
Option ValuesMaxiMaxiMaxiMaxiMaxiMaxi
Arb EligibleNumbNumbNumbNumbNumbNumb0-0-5-0
Arb CostsRougRougRougRougRougRoug$20.18M
Other PlayersAddiAddiAddiAddiAddiAddi19
Other CostsEstiEstiEstiEstiEstiEsti$15.06M
Payroll (no options)Est.Est.Est.Est.Est.Est.$41.6M
Payroll (options)Est.Est.Est.Est.Est.Est.$41.6M
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Generated 7/6/2017.

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