On the day the Yankees reportedly spent $180 million to bring Mark Teixeria, the Associated Press released information on team payrolls for the 2008 season, citing figures sent to clubs in recent days by the commissioner's office.
Of note is the list has the Phillies with the 10th highest payroll in 2008, at $112.7 million.
According to the AP, the figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values. The gap between the Yankees and No. 2 Boston of $75 million is more than the entire payroll of nine teams.