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|
||2M Buyout yr3
|Hamels||6/144M incl 6Mbonus||24,000,000||6,000,000yr7|
|Kendrick||4.5M (2013, Arb 2)
|Bastardo||1.4M (2013, Arb 1)||2,000,000
|Revere||.515M (Pre-Arb)||1,950,000||Arb 1|
|De Fratus or Martin
||15M w/MutualOps + 1M buyout||11,250,000
|MiLeaguers on 40-Man
|Player Benefit Cost
With all anticipated signings complete, the total of the players' AAV's in the second column stands at $169,097,733.
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 CBA is $10,799,690 per team.
The total figure is $180,897,523.
The 2013 luxury tax threshold is $189,000,000. Some portion of a club's projected expenditures would ordinarily be deferred to fund call-ups, replace injured players during the season, and make trade-deadline signings.
Assuming that the luxury tax threshold remains sacrosanct, that leaves approximately $8M theoretically available for the acquisition of additional free agents or international signings. If an additional outfielder survives spring training and makes the 25-man roster (e.g., Abreu), he is likely to slip into Ruf's spot at a higher salary.