The Philadelphia Phillies are on the lookout for an outfielder, but their dilemma is that they're looking for Ferraris on a Toyota budget.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't liking the price tags he's seeing on the free-agent market:
phillies gm amaro on top free agent OFs: "we feel like the demands are north of where we want to be.'' eying trades too— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 20, 2012
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer crunched the numbers last week and determined that the Phillies' payroll projects to be over $170 million after arbitration and other things, leaving them precious little money to spend on an outfielder if they want to avoid the $179 million luxury tax threshold.
With so little money at their disposal, here's a look at bargain outfielders the Phillies can pursue on the free-agent and trade markets.