[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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.