Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/17/11

Ken Rosenthal had an article up on FOX Sports regarding how the Phillies will have a tough time re-signing Cole Hamels due to how the Phillies have managed their payroll structure. So let's shine some light on it.

Let's take a look at how the Phillies payroll has grown over the last five seasons:

2007: $89,428,213
2008: $98,269,880
2009: $113,004,046
2010: $138,178,379
2011: $165,976,381

That's right: In only four seasons, the Phillies basically doubled their payroll. No other team has made a jump like Philadelphia has, trying to take full advantage of their infield core and push for multiple title runs. Now, they did win one World Series in 2008 (with Hamels as their rotation anchor, of all things) and have gone to three of the last four National League Championship Series, so if you base that as a success, seems like the plan has worked. But as basically all great payroll increases have shown in recent times, spending money doesn't breed a championship team so much as spending money correctly breeds championship teams.

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