So Plan A now is to pay Soriano more than Abreu was making, for more years, and still maybe not even get rid of Burrell. Plan B is to pay Sheffield roughly the same as Abreu, at the additional cost of Floyd and/or Lieber. Plan C, no doubt, is to have Ken Howell and Pat Combs throwing pain-free in Clearwater by the middle of March, and hope Don Carman finally turns into Steve Carlton. (Ask your grandpa.) And all this in a year in which, according to their 106-year-old General Manager, they don't expect to be competitive. WTF?
...team and league sources have indicated that their No.1 target will be outfielder Alfonso Soriano... Sources said the Phillies could offer as much as $15 million a season over 5 years, though published reports say Soriano will want $17 million per over 7 years, a deal like Carlos Beltran got from the Mets 2 years ago...If they fail to land Soriano, the Phillies' main backup plan is to try to trade for Yankees rightfielder Gary Sheffield. The Yankees are expected to pick up his $13 million option by the deadline Saturday, $4.5 million of which is deferred...
The Phillies likely would be willing to part with disappointing 2002 first-round pick Gavin Floyd...
Sources say the Phillies also could consider moving 36-year-old starter Jon Lieber, who is due to earn $7.5 million...If they land Soriano the Phillies could find themselves saddled with an oversized payroll for 2007, especially if they cannot move Burrell.
But what do you expect from the organization that brought you Wheels and Andy for about a jillion straight years? The Inquirer sez:
Announcer Chris Wheeler and former broadcaster Andy Musser also are nominees for the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame.Gaaaaa! Hall of Fame?!?! I don't know what was worse throughout the 1980s and 1990s -- the putrid play of the team, or these clowns ruining hundreds of summer nights every year.
Man, I hate these guys.