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Payroll: Why Phils Couldn't Risk Arbitration

The Phillies remain interested in re-signing Jamie Moyer, and possibly in re-signing Pat Burrell. The problem is making the numbers work, so let's dig into those numbers that will shape the 2009 Phillies.

Last season, Pat Burrell made $14.25 million and Jamie Moyer - thanks to incentives - made just over $7 million. Both had good enough seasons that had either accepted arbitration, they would have received a raise. For Moyer, the raise might have been substantial. While the Phillies certainly aren't broke, they don't have a lot of money to throw around and they are facing ten arbitration cases this...

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