Phillies' payroll projected at $136.55 million
Howard, Halladay club's highest-paid players for 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies' projected Opening Day payroll is at least $136.55 million.
The Phillies recently inked their remaining unsigned players who are not eligible for salary arbitration. MLB.com based its payroll projection on a 25-man roster, plus one extra pitcher because of the uncertain health of closer Brad Lidge and left-hander J.C. Romero.
Here is how the 2010 payroll could look:
Roy Halladay ($15.75 million, minus $6 million from Toronto)
Lidge ($11.5 million)
Jamie Moyer ($8 million)
Joe Blanton ($7 million, which includes a $6 million signing bonus)
Cole Hamels ($6.65 million)
Ryan Madson ($4.5 million)
Romero ($4 million)
Danys Baez ($2.5 million)
Chad Durbin ($2.125 million)
Jose Contreras ($1.5 million)
Kyle Kendrick ($480,000)
J.A. Happ ($470,000)
Antonio Bastardo ($405,000)
Carlos Ruiz ($1.9 million)
Brian Schneider ($1.25 million, which includes a $250,000 signing bonus
Ryan Howard ($19 million)
Chase Utley ($15 million)
Jimmy Rollins ($8.5 million, which includes a $1 million signing bonus)
Placido Polanco ($5 million)
Greg Dobbs ($1.35 million)
Juan Castro ($700,000)
Raul Ibanez ($11.5 million)
Jayson Werth ($7 million)
Shane Victorino ($5 million)
Ross Gload ($1 million)
Ben Francisco ($470,000)
The final 2010 payroll could exceed $140 million, based on performance and award bonuses and buyouts.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.