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Phillies Have Second Highest Payroll In Baseball

While it's no surprise that the Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball once again, there is a bit of surprise at #2. For years it's been the Boston Red Sox, but despite the Sox offseason spending spree they trail your Philadelphia Phillies.

The Yankees will spend $202 million this year, the Phillies $173 million and the Red Sox $162 million. The Angels and White Sox round out the top five.

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To put the Phillies payroll in perspective, it is higher than the bottom four teams' payrolls combined. Their payroll has swelled by 31 million since last year, an 18% increase. The payrolls of the Yankees and Red Sox have actually grown very little from last year to this.

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As for the Phils NL East rivals. The Mets have the 7th highest payroll, the Braves came in at #15, the Nationals at #22 and the Marlins at #24. This is the same franchise that in 1994, Phillies part owner Bill Giles referred to as a "small market team." The times they are a-changing.

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