Philadelphia Phillies Updates and Stuff

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Philadelphia Phillies Updates and Stuff

[This article was created using posts on Shay Roddy's blog: PhilliePhanatics.org.]

Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed Adam Eaton at Citizens Bank Park today.  When asked if Eaton could be in competition for the fifth spot, Amaro said, “It’s a four-man competition, [Eaton] isn’t involved in it. We just feel the other four would have a better opportunity to help us.”

The other four are Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco, and Chan Ho Park. Eaton is 14-18 with a 6.09 ERA in two seasons with the Phillies.

Frankly, the statement doesn’t surprise anyone.  Eaton has been one of the biggest busts in franchise history.

Eaton will make $8.5 million this season, plus a $500,000 buyout on a club option for 2010. That contract makes him nearly impossible to trade.

The Phillies tried to give him away during the winter meetings, eating all but $1 million of his salary, but found no takers.

If he can’t be traded, Eaton could be released before the season starts.

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The Phillies and Moises Alou have exchanged interests,  Alou, 42, is a terrific career hitter.  Alou however feels he can still start and the Phils certainly can’t offer him a starting spot.  If Amaro could land him, he’d be a terrific addition to the bench.

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The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $5.475 million contract with Joe Blanton. The Phillies also agreed on a one-year, $3.125 million contract with centerfielder Shane Victorino.

Ryan Howard has announced that he would like $18 million next season.  The Phillies have offered him $14 million.  Let the negotiations begin!  I believe the Phils and Howard will again go to arbitration, and this year the Phillies will win.  I’d expect a multi year deal to be done at some point during the season or in the 2009-2010 off-season.

The Phillies have also agreed to terms with Jayson Werth and Chad Durbin, Shay Roddy has learned.  Werth has signed to a two-year, $10 million.  Werth will receive $2 million in 2009, plus a $1 million signing bonus, and $7 million in 2010.

The Phillies aren’t expected to announce the deal until later this week after Werth takes his physical.  Durbin has agreed to a one-year, $1.635 million contract.

This leaves Ryan Howard as the last unsigned arbitration eligible player.  Way to knock ‘em down, Ruben!

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Shay Roddy has learned that the Phillies and Ryan Madson have agreed to a contract extension today.  The deal is reportedly for three years and $12 million, with incentives and is pending a physical exam. 

The Phils have five salary arbitration-eligible players remaining: Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Chad Durbin, and Joe Blanton.

They’ll likely get most of those done, too.  The Phillies have always been good at avoiding arbitration.

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Here is a look at the Phillies payroll in '09: (thanks to Dave Murphy of the Daily News)

 

STARTING PITCHERS (FIVE ROSTER SPOTS, $28.8 MILLION)
Brett Myers, $12 million

Jamie Moyer, $6.5 million

Joe Blanton, $5.475 million

Cole Hamels, $4.35 million

J.A. Happ, $400,000 or Kyle Kendrick, $500,000

 

RELIEVERS (SEVEN ROSTER SPOTS, $26.285 MILLION)

Brad Lidge, $11.5 million

Ryan Madson, $4 million

J.C. Romero, $4 million

Chan Ho Park, $2.5 million

Scott Eyre, $2 million

Chad Durbin, $1.635

Clay Condrey $650,000

 

POSITION PLAYERS (EIGHT ROSTER SPOTS, $53.675 - $57.675 MILLION)

1B Ryan Howard, $14 million or $18 million

2B Chase Utley, $11 million

LF Raul Ibanez, $8.5 million (includes $2 million bonus)

SS Jimmy Rollins, $8.5 million (includes $1 million bonus)

3B Pedro Feliz, $5 million

OF Jayson Werth, $3.0 million

OF Shane Victorino, $3.125 million

C Carlos Ruiz, $550,000

 

RESERVES (FIVE SPOTS, $10.175 MILLION)

OF Geoff Jenkins, $6.75 million

3B Greg Dobbs, $1.15 million

OF Matt Stairs, $1 million

IF Eric Bruntlett, $800,000

C Chris Coste, $475,000

 

ALSO:

RHP Adam Eaton, $8.5 million

Jim Thome, $3 million

TOTAL ESTIMATED PAYROLL: $130.435 million*

*This number includes estimated raises for players and also factors in a $14 million salary for Ryan Howard.
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