Phillies only have about 10-15 million to spend.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 ·

Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies only have around 10-15 million to spend.

The Phillies have committed more than $68.5 million next season to Pat Burrell ($14 million), Brett Myers ($8.5 million), Jimmy Rollins ($8 million), Adam Eaton ($7.6 million), Chase Utley ($7.5 million), Jamie Moyer ($5.5 million), Tom Gordon ($5.5 million), J.C. Romero ($3.75 million), and Wes Helms ($2.1 million). That number includes $6 million still owed to long-departed Jim Thome.

The Phillies have six players eligible for salary arbitration: Ryan Howard, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jayson Werth, Julio Mateo and Eric Bruntlett. Those six could push the payroll to more than $88 million.

Then there are the salaries for Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Greg Dobbs, Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste. Figure their salaries plus other players with little service time and the payroll jumps into the mid-$90 million range. Give or take a couple million.

So unless the Phillies ownership gives Amaro, Jr. and Gillick the green light to go over budget, we should only expect a few more moves and it looks like they'll be in the forms of pitching. Such forms may be guys like Bartolo Colon and Randy Wolf where they can offer them incentive laden deals, generally low risk, high reward type deals.

Also, it is reported that the Phillies plan to look into Japanese free agents: Starter Hiroki Kuroda and relievers Masahide Kobayashi and Kazou Fukumori.

Do not expect anymore trades for pitching as the only guy left valuable to move is Shane Victorino and the Phillies should not come close to considering moving any of their minor league players, .ie Carrasco, Outman, Mathieson, Savery and so forth.


Roose13 said...
November 14, 2007 at 4:12 PM  

I wouldn't mind seeing Colon or Wolf on the staff next year. I just want an improvement in the necessary areas, including finding a someone to fill the hole Rowand will leave if he walks.

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