Phillies' payroll club-record $132.3M
Howard, Myers, Lidge among club's highest paid players
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies purchased infielder Miguel Cairo's contract Saturday to not only finalize their 25-man roster, but also their franchise-record Opening Day payroll at an estimated $132.345 million.
That estimate includes salaries for right-hander Adam Eaton and outfielder Geoff Jenkins, whom the Phillies released during Spring Training. They are owed a combined $17.15 million, and the Phillies are responsible for all but the pro-rated portion of the $400,000 league minimum should either of them make a 25-man roster for another team.
It also includes the salaries for left-hander J.C. Romero, who is suspended for the first 50 games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances, and White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome, who is in the final year of the contract he signed with the Phillies before the 2003 season.
Here is a look at how the Phils' payroll breaks down:
Pitchers (12): Joe Blanton ($5.475 million), Clay Condrey ($650,000), Chad Durbin ($1.635 million), Scott Eyre ($2 million), Cole Hamels ($4.35 million), J.A. Happ ($405,000), Brad Lidge ($11.5 million), Ryan Madson ($3 million, includes a $1 million signing bonus), Jamie Moyer ($6.5 million), Brett Myers ($12 million), Chan Ho Park ($2.5 million) and Jack Taschner ($830,000).
Catchers (2): Chris Coste ($460,000) and Carlos Ruiz ($475,000).
Infielders (7): Eric Bruntlett ($800,000), Miguel Cairo ($500,000), Greg Dobbs ($1.15 million), Pedro Feliz ($5 million), Ryan Howard ($15 million), Jimmy Rollins ($8.5 million, includes a $1 million signing bonus) and Chase Utley ($11.25 million, includes a $250,000 signing bonus).
Outfielders (4): Raul Ibanez ($8.5 million, includes a $2 million signing bonus), Matt Stairs ($1 million), Shane Victorino ($3.125 million) and Jayson Werth ($3 million, includes a $1 million signing bonus).
Also: Eaton ($9.15 million), Jenkins ($8 million), Romero ($2.59 million, minus and Thome ($3 million).
It looked like Cairo might be bumped off the roster before Opening Night on Sunday, but Gary Sheffield, whom the Phillies were interested in signing last week, signed instead with the Mets.
"I wouldn't say it was a relief," Cairo said. "It was special, though. I was happy. It was the first time I had to sign a Minor League contract, so it was special, because I had a small chance to make this team. I worked hard. I played well in Spring Training and proved I can help a club in the big leagues."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.