Originally posted on The Recliner GM  |  Last updated 11/18/11

With player movement in full swing, I’ll try to get this updated (it’s always available on the right side-bar) as often as I can.

First, let’s take a look at our payroll situation post-Papelbon.

The players are in order of team control (oh, hey Ryan Howard), and in secondary order by salary amount. And it goes out as far as we have salary obligations.

Some comments:

  • Hmm…so we will be paying a 35-year-old Ryan Howard, 36-year-old Cliff Lee and a 34-year-old Jonathan Papelbon $63 million dollars in 2015. I guess we’ll worry about that when we get to it…
  • If we are able to sustain this level of payroll – I don’t see any reason why our age will be a HUGE problem in the coming years as we should be able to back-fill with free agents. As long as you have a handful of players playing in their first 3 years, you can pretty much create a whole team with that much money.
  • We probably have about $20 mill more to play with. But it could be more if we part ways with Kendrick (unlikely) or Francisco (possible). We definitely have enough money to sign Jose Reyes. Just sayin…
Now on to the org. depth chart.

Some comments:

  • Really just one comment. We are good on organizational pitching depth, and pretty horrible on position players. This is the main reason I was upset we used Singleton in the Pence deal. The vast majority of the major picks in this past draft though were position players, so the Phillies are taking steps to address it.
So what do you guys think?
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