For anyone interested in knowing how much the Phillies' front office has available to spend on 2014 player acquisitions at this point and going forward, I have recycled and updated the Annual Average Value table from my fanpost of last year, showing AAV's for individual players that are currently under contract and for those that I'm assuming will be brought back for 2014. If only for my own edification, I'll update it as the off-season and early 2014 season unfold, more or less as I did last year. In the case of players at or near the league minimum of $500,000, it's largely irrelevant financially whether they or a replacement are on the starting day roster; their salaries are guesstimates, based on major league service time. Mike Adams is included on this "26-Man Roster" since he is under contract, but may either not start the season on it or not pitch at all in 2014 (pleasant thought). The final column shows contract data that affects AAV. Most of you know -- but I'll note anyway -- that the luxury tax threshold is figured from the average annual worth of a team's contracts, not from the actual payroll in a given year.
|Player||Contract or Previous Year
|Howard||5/125M (effectively 6/143M)||23,833,333||10,000,000yr6|
|Hamels||6/144M incl 6Mbonus||24,000,000||6,000,000yr7|
|Kendrick||4.5M (2013, Arb 2)
||Arb 1 (super 2)
|Bastardo||1.4M (2013, Arb 1)||2,000,000 (est)
|Revere||.515M (Pre-Arb)||1,200,000 (est)||Arb 1|
|De Fratus or Martin
|MiLeaguers on 40-Man
|Player Benefit Cost
With the signing of Byrd, Ruiz, Frandsen, Lincoln, and Nieves, the total of the players' AAV's in the second column rises to $153,545,333.
Additional expenses come from two other categories:
1. Minor leaguers on the 40-Man Roster: The minor league minimum for 2014 is $81,500 for players working on a second major league contract, $40,750 for those working under their first contract. Since these figures are not published for individual players, $1M has been chosen as a ballpark figure.
2. Club Player Benefit Cost: according to the new CBA, that was $10,799,690 per team in 2012 and 2013. To my knowledge, no 2014 figure is available as yet.
The total figure is $165,345,023.
The 2013 luxury tax threshold is $189,000,000. Some portion of a club's projected expenditures would ordinarily be deferred to pay performance incentives, fund call-ups, replace injured players during the season, and make trade-deadline signings. It seems a pretty good bet that the front office will spend no less than in 2013, which means that new acquisitions will raise the total AAV to somewhere between $170-189M.
Assuming that the luxury tax threshold remains sacrosanct, that leaves somewhere between approximately $5M and $24M available for the acquisition of two to four free agents or international signings. There is no way to account for salary differentials in players acquired by trade for other players. I have assumed that the club has yet to sign, at a minimum, a starter and a reliever, and have left space for their salaries. If an additional outfielder is signed, he is likely to slip into Ruf's spot at a higher salary.