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Odds and Ends: Halladay Wants Out, Ticket Prices Up

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, November 22, 2009 04:01 PM | Comments: 155
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- Roy Halladay alert:  He has reportedly told the Blue Jays he will not resign with them after his contract expires this season. This will certainly speed up the trading process for Toronto as they look to get as much out of him on the market as they can.

Could the Phillies possibly steal him?  The Yankees will reportedly give up either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain in any deal, plus some other prospects as well.  Would Philadelphia be willing to deal J.A. Happ and Michael Taylor in a deal for one year of Halladay?

- Edwin Jackson is on the trade block out of Detroit.  Phillies fans last saw Jackson with the Rays in the World Series a few years back.  He is not as talented as Halladay, but is much cheaper for at least the next few seasons.  Jackson made just $2.2 million last season and while he will be due a considerable raise, may come with a considerably.

Could he be had for lesser prospects?  Jackson’s numbers were very good as he earned his first all-star berth at the age of 26.  He finished with 13 wins and a 3.62 ERA in 214 innings.  The 6-foot-3 righty struggled a bit down the stretch, but is still in his formative years as a pitcher and could be the solid right hander the Phils are searching for on the cheap.

- FYI for ticket buyers – the prices are going up.  Select tickets will be $2 to $4 more expensive for the 2010 season.  Hopefully, the brass will spend a little more of it, since the tickets are already getting up there.  I know it isn’t Yankee Stadium, but lower level seats go for $40 or more, making it tough for people to afford them.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, season-ticket plans for new account holders will go on sale Tuesday. On Dec. 4, the Phils will begin selling ticket six-packs.

Group-ticket sales will begin Jan. 13, and the Phillies will sell individual tickets to spring-training games the next day.

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  • Posts: 0 BS

    I hope that $2-4 extra ends up contributing to a payroll bump… for a Cliff Lee extension and a Roy Halladay acquisition.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Living in Vermont, and listening to Yankee, and Red Sox fans, about tickets I think the Bank is a steal. I have a Season Ticket package, although it is not lower level, it is still a great deal, even if they go up $4. Along both baselines in the upper deck are still great seats for Under $25 in the package I have(this includes $4 increase.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Remember just a few years ago when the bank opened you could get in for less than $10. Those days are over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in nyc

    The Phils are not gonna go for Halladay. I wish they would.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Halladay is a great pitcher eight years older than Jackson. He wants a boat-load of money in 2011. Go for Jackson and two solid bullpen pitchers. Also, accept lesser players at third base like a returning Feliz or Juan Uribe. Also, Wilson Betemit is an experienced utility player better than Bruntlett. SPEND THE BIG MONEY ON PITCHING. That is what wins games. Both Uribe and Betemit can play shortstop, second, third and outfield. A lot of utility for the buck. Again: SPEND THE MONEY ON PITCHING. The Phils can score runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    $3 times 3 million fans per year is $9 million which doesn’t even pay for current player raises. It is great that the Phils don’t charge so much that they exclude families from going to games.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    I’ll be honest, as a 20 something year old guy, they priced me out about 2 years ago, and I have an above average job too. Most of the fans probably just put it on their credit card and deal with it later…

    Me, I’d rather just sit back and watch it on my HDTV on my newly purchased house. I estimated I probably saved about $2-3K over the last 2 years by not going as often. If this makes me not a die hard fan, then so be it. If half of the current Phillies fans know who Jeff Calhoun, Wally Richie, or Ron Stone is, then I’ll gladly move them ahead of me on the fan chart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lucky

    I think it would be in the Phillies best interest to push as hard as they can for Halladay, as long as it doesn’t break the bank..Which it possibly could. The thing with trading Happ and Taylor is…#1…Toronto would want atleast one more player in the deal just to squeeze as much as they possibly can out the deal…#2….If you traded away Happ, who would be the other #5 guy?
    Lee
    Halladay
    Hamels
    Blanton
    ? (Moyer or Pedro possibly)

    We’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out. The Yankees want Hallday BAD, and we have to be aggresive and stop that from happening.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Geoff Geary is available on the free agent market. If this is not huge news, then I really do not know what is. Moreover, he pitched well for the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    It’s ironic that I’m saying this considering I will likely be buying a 17 game plan, but I really prefer watching games on TV. The atmosphere of the ballpark is great, but in terms of watching pitching and te rest of the action, I think you really have to watch the game on TV.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Halladay is too expensive in terms of both salary and prospects. Jackson would cost mostly in prospects, but given his youth, last year’s success, and the fact he’ll be under team control a while longer might mean grade A prospects. I doubt the Phils will gut the farm system for either.

    Betemit already signed a minor league deal with Kansas City, so he’s no longer an option.

    As far as ticket prices, I couldn’t afford a game for just myself, let alone an entire family, so increases don’t mean much to me. Anyone who can afford a ticket now probably won’t miss an extra couple of bucks, although it could cost a family too much. It’s sad when kids can’t see games at a real ballpark, with real hot dogs, real cheering, real ball game sights, sounds, and smells, the chance to catch a foul ball, or get an autograph. Those things are remembered as much as a home run or shutout, and it’s just not a real experience without that added atmosphere. I wish ballplayers and owners realized this. Kids are the game’s future, and they shouldn’t be deprived by unaffordable prices. I never cared that much about baseball until I saw an actual game, and probably wouldn’t still be a fan had I not seen one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    There’s a reason Detroit is putting Jackson on the market…he pitched horrible down the stretch. I bet his arm is about to fall off. I think we should start the season off as is and pick up Webb or somebody else before the trade deadline. We don’t need to start off the season with two aces, plus I’d put a lot of money on Hamels bouncing back next season.

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    Geez, once again poor Happ is the subject of all these damn trade rumors. The Phillies will do whatever they want but what about 3b, what about some solid bullpen pitchers? backup catcher? players to use of the bench?

    And explain how Hamels is never mentioned. How does anyone know that he will return to the rare 2008 playoff form? It was said all year that he would get it back, but he did not and mentally he checked out. Halliday would be 1 year. Lee 1 year. Drabek is in reading and who knows how he will be in the majors? And, seriously, moyer or pedro as the 5th starter? wow, that is pathetic

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Jackson is the better, cheaper move all around. Dont hold your breath on Halladay though. Id like to see a Lee extension with that ticket price hike. Thats about all it will cover though, but maybe thats what they were thinking. Who knows.

    Id actually rather trade a few decent prospects for Jackson than overpay for a 4th starter in Free Agency or sign some injured guy for 5 million dollars.

    If they traded for Halladay they would have about 5 million dollars to sign a 3B, Relief pitcher, bench infielder, and backup catcher. You cant even bring back the guys we cut loose for that amount of money so can you PLEASE drop the Halladay talk?

    MAYBE the ticket price hike is related to the Lee extension talks or the Halladay rumors, maybe not. I wouldnt hold my breath. They cant really raise prices too much more before it crosses the line and becomes outrageous.

    But maybe they do feel they can sustain this payroll with the hikes in years to come, who knows. Those outfield cheap seats better not get more than 26 bucks or so otherwise thats outrageous.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    My advice for families with kids who just can’t afford to spend $200 to take a family of 4 to a game would be to consider taking a trip on the turnpike in either direction to go to Reading or Lehigh Valley (especially Lehigh Valley – really nice facility up there).

    I started going last year, and I’ve really had a nice time at both places. It also helps that the Phillies have an actual farm system nowadays. The baseball at both places is really decent, at a great price.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Toronto seems to be intent on reducing their negotiation position with every press release. They might as well put out a classified add stating “a couple of prospects or b.o.”. Also, their primary intent is reducing costs, not necessarily getting value in return. They don’t want to see Doc 19xs/yr in the other dugout.
    Here’s the other issue – what if the Yanks, BoSox,…. take him, even for a year? The Phils probably don’t need Halladay to make the playoffs in 2010, maybe they could even get back to the WS with Jackson,…., but they won’t beat CC and Halladay, or Beckett/Lester/Halladay.
    In 1980, it looked like we had 2 or 3 more rings from that team. Made it one more time with the Wheez Kids, then one memorable team in the next 25 years. There is no guarantee of a dynasty – make the move to solidify 2010. et Doc!

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Hamel’s 2008 form wasn’t exactly rare. He also won 15 in 2007, so a comeback is less of a stretch than landing a high-priced Halladay.

    Remember, although the Jays would like to dump his contract, there are a lot of teams interested in him. The Jays can easily hold out for the best package of prospects, and that would mean EXPENSIVE.

    As far as Moyer and Martinez as possible fifth starters, they won 15 games between them–17 if you count the ones Pedro started and Moyer finished. Most teams would salivate over those totals from the number five slot. That’s not to say there aren’t issues there, but Jackson would be too costly as an alternative.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    So, will Halladay go to the highest bidder? Which will probably be the Yankees, right? Maybe it’s just my Monday morning mood, but I find it disgusting if that’s all that really matters to him. If he does go there, I don’t see how anyone will be able to compete with their starting rotation, so then you have practically NO competition in the AL, which sucks for the majority of the franchises and their fans. Ugh, the thought of them having a dynasty makes me feel like throwing something. Kinda the same way I felt while trapped in a movie theatre Saturday watching New Moon. I highly DON’T recommend it.

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I would have to greatly disagree that baseball is better watch in front of a TV, football yes, but baseball is a great game to watch at the stadium, you get to see everything that is going on not just where the ball goes.
    I do make a ton of money, and yes I do not have children yet. But for my wife and I to go to the games and have decent seats it really is not that expensive. I live in Vermont and have the Sunday Package, sect 417, so the last years tickets avg. about 22 dollars a piece. The $5 round trip subway ride, A few brews, some food and a program still just around $100 for the two of us. Which compared to going out to dinner and a movie is cheap, even if you eat at Fridays or some joke place like that you are going to spend $100 or maybe a little less.
    I agree that they can not break the bank and raise ticket prices though the roof. But $23-$26 a ticket is really not that unreasonable. Even a family of four, you spend $200 to go to a game($25 per ticket, and $100 on program and hot dogs and soda beer) And you go to a movie and dinner with your family the movie $40 at least, and dinner including a tip going to be $70-$90 and that is if you go to a cheaper chain place a place so thier is $110-$140 so to spend another $60 one or two times a year. Is not outragoues. I know no one wants to go but it would cost you at least $100 a ticket for bleacher seats at fenway on anygiven week day.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Georgie, their rotation is really overrated. Burnett and Pettitte are nothing more than a #3 and #4 starter. They have no #2 starter. The problem we faced during the WS against them is that we didn’t have a #2 starter either. Hamels can be that guy, he just wasn’t this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    that is suppose to say I do NOT make a ton of money

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    Yes I would agree Yankees rotation is not unstoppable, Burnett can only pitch at home, Petite has to almost done, And I think the Chamberline as a starter experiment is over. So after CC who do they have right now. Saying that a CC Doc 1-2 would really suck to face in the playoffs unless you are the phillies can I am pretty sure we beat CC once and had a chance to beat him twice this last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I wouldn’t want Edwin Jackson next year… he definitely hit a wall last season and was completely ineffective down the stretch (2.52 ERA first half and 5.07 ERA second half). He threw over 200 innings for the first time in his career last year… I like him and I think that he’s going to have a nice career but he has to figure out how to endure an entire season and next year might be a tough year.

    If we could somehow negotiate a sign and trade for Halladay, Rube would have to consider it. We could compliment Lee, Halladay, Howard, Utley and Rollins with rookies and has-beens and probably still win 90 games and have a sure thing playoff rotation.

    I don’t know if that’s possible… he’s probably going to want 5 years but at this point, Rube’s gotta start thinking about the future of his rotation… Which pitcher do you want anchoring this rotation for the next 5 years?

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I entirely agree that baseball is best watched at the field. With a family of 5 and the seat prices, we split our 7 games or so between CBP and Lehigh Valley. It certainly helps that there is now some talent down below (although I’d sacrifice some of that for Halladay), and LV is closer and easier to get in/out of then Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Toronto will want either major league talent or high level prospects. I’m not sure the Yanks have enough of either to give up, so they may not be the high bidder for Halladay. I’m not sure why people are so worried when it’s not just the dollars that matter in a trade.

    And Georgie, you may be a little off base in your disgust with Halladay. He has said he wants to try free agency, but that may not be just for the big bucks. He wants to play for a winner, not the also-ran Jays. I’m sure Utley or Howard or Rollins would try free agency, too, if the Phils were as bad as the Jays have been the past fifteen years.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    George, I had a couple of “ifs” in that comment, because I don’t KNOW if he’ll go to the highest bidder, but I absolutely don’t blame him for wanting to leave the Jays. My disgust is with the whole mentality of wealthy teams offering huge contracts to players, while smaller markets get stuck with left-over players and can’t compete. We are very fortunate to be fans of Phila teams, but that doesn’t mean I can’t feel badly for the “little guys”. I would rather see a league where more teams have a chance to win a championship and not be out of the race by June.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Missed you Georgie, lol…

    Well Id rather them meet most or all of their needs and be a DEEP team next season with a deep rotation, bench, lineup, and staff. IF you get Halladay, you will get GARBAGE to fill the other positions and they will NOT be as good of a team than if they filled ALL their needs. They won the WS without a guy like Halladay. It was Hamels and a bunch of just…guys really pitching out of their minds. This year it was Lee, Pedro, and just…guys.

    I want a depth starting pitcher (4th ish type), AND I want them to get a GOOD 3B, a GOOD reliever, a GOOD utility infielder, and a decent backup catcher, and as good a 5th OF as you can get for the minimum, maybe even a Rule 5 guy.

    I want a complete team, not a team with holes in it…

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    From what I’m gathering, a sign and trade is likely out of the question. I would still like to see us make a run at him. If you can get him now, you might have a chance to keep him around (if he likes it and if we treat him well). If he ends up in a place like Boston, he’s not leaving ($$ talks)… frankly, there aren’t many potential suitors out there with the talent and wherewithal to make a run at Halladay. Toronto is going to have to take what they can get from a suitor outside of the AL East and pray that he doesn’t find his way back into the AL East or trade within the division and see how that turns out. I think that we have a chance to get him at a reasonable price. They risk only getting two draft picks for him. If we can throw a couple of near-ready prospects and a mid level prospect, maybe that works. I don’t know… I know it’s a long shot (and I’m probably crazy) but I just can’t help but be enamored by the fact that we have a shot at a rotation centered on Lee and Halladay and Drabek… historically nasty.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Would JA HAPP and MICHAEL TAYLOR be enough to land Roy Halladay?? I doubt it..

    Phil Hughes is the best of the prospects named..

    I really think that Halladay to the Phillies is just a dream.. maybe as a Free Agent, but I can’t see a trade working out where we get to keep Drabek, Gose, Brown .. and get Halladay

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yeah: Would you rather have a more “complete team” or have you offseason additionas be Roy Halladay and A BUNCH OF GUYS WHO SUCK.

     
  • Posts: 0 jman

    Luck,

    They need a #5 guy regardless of whether Happ or Halliday is here. I think it should be Kendrick. He went down and improved his game, and did well in his late-season call-up. He can only get better. Moyer and Martinez will not improve, only decline. With the top 4 in place, the Phillies need to use the #5 spot to work in a young guy (and it’s still too soon for Drabek).

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    If JA Happ, Michael Taylor and Drabek were enough to get Halladay last year, you have to think that two out of the three would be enough to get him today… and why not? Toronto is going to get two draft picks when he walks. Are you telling me that JA Happ and Michael Taylor are not better than the alternative for Toronto? And those two are still better than anything else that’s been offered by other non AL East teams.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    HAPP, TAYLOR, and DRABEK wasn’t good enough to get him last year

    They wanted some combination of HAPP, DRABEK, DOMONIC BROWN and ANTHONY GOSE

    they aren’t big on Taylor.. I don’t think anyone is, which is why when I suggested Michael Taylor + a pitcher for Kevin Kouzmanoff (Padres 3b), people said that was WAY TOO MUCH

    but in reality.. if no teams are interested in Taylor, does it matter than Baseball Whatever ranks him # whatever ??? It only matters what you think, and then what the other teams think of your prospects

    Phil Hughes is a WAY BETTER prospect than JA HAPP .. Happ had a nice season last year, but Hughes is younger, with more “tools, talent”, etc..

    Not sure what else the Yankees have in their farm system though

    and lets not count out the Red Sox, who needs an ACE pitcher more than the Yankees do.. Burnett is steadily injured.. Lester if good, but young.. Dice K is pretty good, sometimes.. Clay Bucholz is going to be really good.. but at that point, maybe some of their current talent will be gone ??

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    haha, thanks Geoff, and I like that “Halladay and a bunch of guys who suck”, because that’s what it will end up being. I’m inclined to hang on to Happ and our prospects, it’s a risky and VERY expensive move to bring Roy here. Risky in that you’re going to have to sacrifice quality in the rest of the team to carry those HUGE Lee and Halladay contracts, and what if they don’t want to stay here, or want to go year to year? Then you’ve lost some young guys that you probably wish you could have back, for a year or two of, what? Still doesn’t guarantee another WFC.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    OK… then Happ and Brown. Brown or Taylor… one but not the other. I think we all feel pretty good about both…

    Phil Hughes by himself is not enough and that’s pretty much all they’ve got… unless they’re willing to trade Jesus Montero. Phil Hughes is probably untouchable, too.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I doubt that Halladay would happen… but wouldn’t it be nice?

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Phillies will not trade Domonic Brown, or Kyle Drabek …

    because they’ll need those guys on their Major League roster soon

    the club has offered Taylor before, which means they would be willing to move him

    Teams are more interested in Anthony Gose (who I think lead every level of baseball in Stolen Bases this year, with 76 steals!)

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Don,

    Having watched a bit of both of them last year, I think Taylor is much closer to filling a major league role than Brown, even if Brown has greater potential. I also think Brown’s numbers in the fall league last I checked bears this out.

    What worries me is Savery – I saw a lot of his starts, and although his work ethic has improved a lot, I just don’t see him as anything close to a mid rotation guy in the bigs anytime in the future. Which means we have a whole lot riding on Drabek, so here’s hoping….

    “they aren’t big on Taylor.. I don’t think anyone is”

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    I would have no problem trading Gose if it meant filling a real and current need. I love speed as much as anyone, but it only matters if you can get on base against MLB pitchers, which is a crapshoot with him, and he also can sometimes make routine fielding plays look like obstacle courses.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Taylor is definitely closer… but I don’t think he’s close to taking over for any of our 3 OF’s (just because Werth could become a Free Agent next year doesn’t, and could walk.. doesn’t mean that Taylor is a legit candidate to replace him.. )

    I haven’t seen Taylor play in person.. but I did get to see Brown at the end of last year.. and his speed is impressive, he floats around the field, and once he develops more power (once he grows into his body).. he’ll be an All-Star

    I also got to see Johan Flande pitch last year, and I was VERY impressed by him.. not sure what their plans are with him.. but he’s got really good stuff, and keeps the ball down in the zone (until he gets tired)

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    JeffS .. I agree completely..

    BUT.. would Happ + Gose get you Halladay?
    …Probably Not

    Happ + Gose + Taylor?
    …Probably, but that seems like too much to give up for one year of Halladay

    They aren’t trading Brown, so there aren’t a lot of legit packages that make sense to deal with Toronto..


    Savery was called “risky” by lots of scouts when we drafted him.. and he’s had control problems so far ..

    Phillies have a couple of young arms that are looking at MLB-readiness in 2011-2012 … but nobody is ever a sure thing

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    How about getting a thirdbaseman first??

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Don,

    I’ve heard great things about Flande, but I only saw him start once in Reading, and the results were not great. I think it was actually his first or second start with the R-Phils, so maybe he just wasn’t on his game yet.

    On the other topic, the difficulty in getting the seats I really want (as the Phils have gotten successful – remember the days of 15,000 people in the Vet?) is having more of an effect on me than the price increases. Used to do the Sunday plan, but ESPN kept taking more afternoon games to night, and it was just too late getting back here to the middle of PA. So now I just do the six-pack and pick all the Saturday games, and do the minor league games on weekends when the Phils are away or when I need a vacation.

     
  • Posts: 0 schwalmy

    they are waiting for atkins to be released by the rocks and won’t even entertain other options until it happens. they have one more year of lee on the cheap and then he is looking for cc like $$$$ and made that very clear too the indians! the reason holliday was more to the phils liking is because he was more likly too resign he wants to go to a team and retire with that team he doesnt like change but sees it as nessisary if he wants too win !!!! This is info from the trade deadline don’t know why itr would change now!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Didn’t Atkins go to school with Chase? Hmmmm.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    If it will help Chase do better, I’m jumping on the Atkins bandwagon.

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/mlb/article/0,2777,DRMN_23924_5715193,00.html

    “Atkins and Utley have been close friends since fall 1997, when UCLA coach Gary Adams had the pair of incoming freshmen infielders room together. In the decade since, as their bond has strengthened, Atkins and Utley have prodded each other to succeed.

    “If he can do it, I know I can do it,” said Atkins, the Rockies’ third baseman. “And it’s the same way with him.”

    Said Utley: “I think we do push each other.”"

     
  • Posts: 0 Lucky

    I’m sorry to say this, but Pedro in the #5 role would be perfect. Maybe most of you forgot this, but he didn’t really pitch that bad at all…Probably a lot better than all of us expected. Not to mention, he would come a lot cheaper than probably 85% of the starters who are available in the free agent market right now. All I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be upset if it happened.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    By the way, the Phils got to the World Series this year with Lee and “a bunch of guys who suck” – Pedro Feliz (I like his glove, but didn’t hit after the all-star brea), Paul Bako, Matt Stairs, Eric Bruntlett, most of the pen. Imagine the same team, but insert Halladay. I’d call that a repeat. All this team needs a 3rd baseman who can play defense, bodies in the bullpen, and another top of the order starter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Pedro can’t start every 5th day.. and last for the entire season

    He would be smart to do the same thing he did last year, get himself in shape.. and pick which playoff contending team he wants to pitch for

    The problem with trading for Halladay.. is that you need to give up prospects to get him (or you can wait one year, not give up anything.. and have a chance to get him)

    Imagine trading for Halladay .. and then next offseason, we lose Cliff Lee to the Yankees, and Roy Halladay to the Red Sox … we would get draft picks for losing those guys, but our CLOSE prospects would be gone in those deals too

    with a CHANCE that we would get back to the World Series..

    The guys I would give up in a trade to Toronto aren’t the kind of guys they’ll want to give up Roy Halladay..

    .

     
  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    I know that like you guys I’m not counting on Moyer to last the year as our 5th starter, but I think we should get comfortable with the fact that he will be our 5th starter in spring training and probably to start the season, with Kendrick, Carpenter, & Drabek ready to step in if needed. (Probably in that order) The Phils probably won’t look to sign another starter unless someone like Harden or Sheets signs for a really cheap deal.

    Rumors say that after raises and built in increases the team will have about 20 million to spend this offseason. They need a starting 3B, 3 guys in the BP, & 3 guys on the bench. Should be able to get a league minimum back up catcher, and there should be a few affordable bullpen arms out there given the market, but if we want significant improvement to the bench and a backup closer that’s going to cost us.

    With a rotation of Lee, Hamels, Blanton, & Happ I’m comfortable with seeing what we can get out of Moyer, Kendrick and the others.

    Priority for me is Adrian Beltre at 3B, Mark Derosa for the utility guy, & Brandon Lyon for the BP, just hope the Phils can afford it.

     
 
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