Sometimes the measure of a move is almost as much about the size of the hole you've filled as it is the person you've chosen to fill it.
That's a lot of money for a team that will likely be skirting luxury tax thresholds for years to come. Thresholds, incidentally, which the team is expected to adhere to while budgeting for the season to come. Luckily for the Phillies, their quest to return to the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade has been aided by the new CBA -- at least in the short term.
First, there are the higher tax thresholds, starting with the $230 million cutoff for 2022. According to Cot's Contracts, the Phillies had about $37.6 million under that threshold before the deal with Schwarber. Thus, Schwarber will eat up a little more than half that amount.
Was it worth it?