David Murphy notes the Phillies' large group of arbitration-eligible players: Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson, Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, and Greg Dobbs. Scott Lauber suggests their combined salaries could double in 2009 - from $19MM to $38MM.
Murphy says there's not much of a precedent for Hamels, who will easily top Chien Ming Wang's $4MM from last year. Ryan Howard also stands to tack millions on to last year's $10MM award. Negotiations for a long-term deal are not active for either player, but the Phils will probably at least discuss it with Hamels' agent. Between these two players, the Phillies may add $10MM to the payroll. Most of the others will also receive raises exceeding $1MM.
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