Originally posted on The Recliner GM  |  Last updated 10/26/11

I’m still not quite ready to go into full off-season mode, but this will at least provide a place to talk about the Phillies without having to stare at the post written about us losing.

Below you will find a breakdown of the Phillies payroll in 2011 vs. 2012. You can see what is coming off the books, what we are adding, and where there are still question marks.

So, by my calculations, the Phillies have about 18.5 million dollars to spend, if they want to stay in line with last year’s number. If you assume a slight increase (I would), that should put them up toward 22-23 million.

So if you keep Rollins and Madson at $10 mill each, that gives you no wiggle room to deal with other areas. They might be able to extend Hamels to a Cliff Lee type deal in that Year 1 is much lower than the others and offers us short-term flexibility. Could also see them dumping Kendrick (unlikely though) to free up some money there.

It will be interesting to see what they do. They have some wiggle room right now.

What would you like to see the Phillies do with that money and/or the roster in general?

 

 

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