The World Champion Phillies are going to have to make a lot of decisions in the upcoming offseason. They will have to make moves that will keep the team not only financially stable, but also good enough to keep expectations high. Ken Mandel of MLB.com has outlined the decisions the Phillies have to make. [MLB.com]
Free agents: OF Pat Burrell; LHP Jamie Moyer; LHP Scott Eyre; RHP Tom Gordon; INF Tadahito Iguchi; RHP Rudy Seanez; OF So Taguchi.
Eligible for arbitration: 1B Ryan Howard; LHP Cole Hamels; OF Shane Victorino; OF Jayson Werth; RHP Joe Blanton; RHP Ryan Madson; INF/OF Greg Dobbs; RHP Chad Durbin; RHP Clay Condrey; INF Eric Bruntlett.
Club options: Tom Gordon, RHP, $4 million (declined); So Taguchi, OF, $1.25 million (declined).
Non-tender possibilities: None.
It will be an interesting offseason for the Phillies. They have a number of players that are expected to see annual raises and then you have to consider signing both Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels long-term.
There have been some other shocking rumors as well that could really play into the Phillies offseason.
- Giants beat writer, Andrew Baggerly seems to feel that the Phillies will listen to offers for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
- Curt Schilling appears to be open to returning to the Phillies if they're interested. [Daily News]
- Ut oh! Scott Boras is comparing Ryan Madson to Mariano Rivera circa 1996 when Rivera was the set up man for John Wetteland. [Daily News]
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