Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/1/14

The Papelbon deal takes up $11 million for the Phillies in 2012.

Here is a revised look at the Phillies 2012 roster and payroll projections following the Jimmy Rollins signing on Saturday. The numbers for the arbitration players and players lacking service time are subject to change. They are merely educated guesses.

According to the Associated Press, it appears the MLB Luxury Tax will not be going up as it had the previous five seasons. It will remain the same as it was in 2011; $178 million. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Phillies won’t go over it, but in the past they’ve seemingly been reluctant to do it. It had gone up $8 million per season over the last five years of the old CBA. That’s no longer the case.

Included in the new CBA is a provision that will raise the minimum salary from $414,000 to $480,000. That could change some things for the Phillies with guys like Mayberry and Martinez. In the projections below, I’ve made those changes.

Blue: money that the Phillies owe in 2012
Red: educated guess as to how much player will earn in 2012 (arbitration or otherwise)


-Ryan Howard: $20MM
-Chase Utley: $15.286MM
-Jimmy Rollins: $11MM
-Placido Polanco: $6.417MM
-Carlos Ruiz: $3.7MM
-Ty Wigginton: $2MM
-Jim Thome: $1.25MM
-Wilson Valdez: $950K
-Brian Schndeider: 800K
-Michael Martinez: $480K

$62.378MM (9 players)


-Shane Victorino: $9.5MM
-Hunter Pence: $10.5MM
-Laynce Nix: $1.15MM
-John Mayberry Jr.: $480K

$21.63MM (4 players)

Starting Pitching:

-Cliff Lee: $21.5MM
-Roy Halladay: $20MM
-Cole Hamels: $15MM
-Joe Blanton: $10.5MM
-Vance Worley: $480K

$67.48MM (5 players)

Relief Pitching:

-Jonathan Papelbon: $11MM
-Kyle Kendrick: $3.8MM
-Jose Contreras: $2.5MM
-Dontrelle Willis: $1MM
-David Herndon: $575K
-Antonio Bastardo: $575K
-Michael Stutes: $480K

$19.93MM (7 players)

Buyout Payments:

-Roy Oswalt: $2MM
-Brad Lidge: $1.5MM

Estimated Total: $174.92 million (25 players, two buyouts)

Luxury Tax: $178 million (in 2012)


The Phillies are getting closer to the luxury tax but with the signing of Jimmy Rollins and arbitration forthcoming for Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Valdez, it appears they have a full 25-man roster ready to go at this time. Changes could be made, however, as they only have four true outfielders at this time. Michael Martinez would likely be the odd man out if they decide to bring in another outfielder, which is still a possibility.

With this 25-man crew the Phillies look to be somewhere in the $175 million range, so there isn’t much room to maneuver with the MLB luxury tax just ahead.

Teams that go over the luxury tax threshold get penalized 22.5 percent on every dollar above. So, if they spend $1 million over, add $225K to that. If it’s $5 million above, add $1.125 million.

According to USA Today’s salary database, the Phillies spent a shade under $173 million in 2011, Cot’s Contracts says the Phillies spent $165 million.

Are there any changes you would make to this roster?

*(Cot’s Contracts, USA Today, and Baseball-reference, as well as a myriad of articles, were used in this payroll rundown)

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