Could the Phils cut bait with their payroll the way Boston did in 2012?
The Philadelphia Phillies' contract situations might turn out to hurt them in the long term.
Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay have been excellent, but time is eventually going to become a factor there. Jonathan Papelbon is a top-level closer, but the Phillies need to get to that point in a game for such a thing to be useful.
Chase Utley is rebounding from an injury. Jimmy Rollins is getting on in years. Ryan Howard’s contract is becoming an albatross.
Domonic Brown’s trade value is barely worth mentioning.
The prospect of Philadelphia’s future has thus far made little impact, and his potential is no longer enough to bag a major player for him in a trade. In short, despite their considerable resources, the future in Philly looks spotty.
This would not be a bad time to see if Philadelphia is interested in breaking it all up.
Howard is pretty much untradeable because of the size of his contract, a shame to every AL team that could revitalize his career in a DH role.
Halladay would likely—and certainly should—be off-limits. It’s not often that one of the best pitchers in baseball changes teams, and when they do it generally turns out poorly for the team that let him go. Cole Hamels has to stick around because he is vital to Philadelphia’s future.
Everybody else could, potentially, end up in play sometime this year.
A more manipulative GM might be tempted to pick up the phone and try to convince the Philadelphia front office that it needs an injection of youth and budget flexibility sooner rather than later.
After all, Ruben Amaro Jr. is likely to jump on a deal that could free up room in the future the way that Boston did with its mega-deal with the Dodgers.