Pat Gillick confessed Monday he made a mistake signing Adam Eaton to a three-year/$24.5MM deal in the 2006-07 offseason.
Since becoming a Phillie, Eaton has gone 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA.
Gillick, via Scott Lauber:
“You go back and you look at it, and you kind of evaluate how you may have screwed up. I don’t think Adam is happy with what has gone on. Certainly, we thought he’d pitch better. But you kind of have to forget about it and move on.”
From a fan’s perspective, it’s not easy to just “forget” about a $24.5MM player who is posting an ERA over 6.00. It’s not easy to forget about how his one-year salary could’ve been used in other places. Eaton has been an all-out disappointment, and remains Gillick’s biggest failure as Phils GM (although the Freddy Garcia trade is looking worse with each Gavin Floyd start).
What can the Phillies do with Eaton in 2009? Cut ties? Hope he can become a fifth starter? Turn him into a reliever? Hide him in Lehigh Valley? Trade him for a bucket of David sunflower seeds? The best and most feasible option might be the first.