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How Much Is Too Much?

halladay 04.jpgThe Blue Jays want J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown.

The Phillies reportedly offered Happ, Carlos Carrasco, Michael Taylor and Jason Donald.

Is Happ, Drabek and Brown too much to give up for Roy Halladay? Halladay is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, and the Phillies would be getting him for two Octobers instead of one. We’re not talking about a bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher here. We’re talking about Roy Freakin’ Halladay. Cy Young winner. Ace. Best of the best.

Two sources said Toronto’s demands are reasonable. So why won’t the Phillies pull the trigger?

They are keeping the future in mind, one source indicated. The Phillies’ rotation today includes Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, Happ and Rodrigo Lopez/Pedro Martinez. If the Phillies get Halladay for Happ, Drabek and Brown, the rotation next season would include Hamels, Halladay and Moyer, who is 9-7 with a 5.65 ERA this season. Blanton, who is salary arbitration eligible, seems like a smart bet to return, although the Phillies already have $95.5 million committed to 11 players next season. Add Halladay into that mix and the payroll jumps to $110.75 million. It seems unlikely, but it is possible the Phillies could non-tender Blanton, who would get a raise from the $5.475 million he is making, if they feel they need to trim some salary to pay Halladay and the rest of the roster. So that’s one starter if Blanton is back, two if he isn’t.

The Phillies can handle one starter. Maybe even two with Halladay and Hamels atop the rotation. But the number jumps to potentially four starters in 2011. There is no guarantee Halladay re-signs with the Phillies. He could leave for the highest bidder. Moyer presumably won’t be back. Blanton will be a free agent after 2010, and he also could leave for the big payday. That leaves Hamels and four vacancies.

The Phillies are considering those things as they consider a package for Halladay. They want to keep Happ or Drabek so they’re a little better equipped next season and beyond.

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Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi told FOX’s Ken Rosenthal that the chances of trading Halladay are “very slim.” Others agree. One source believes the chances of Halladay being traded are no better than 50-50. Another said he thinks it’s “unlikely” Halladay gets traded.

But one source said the Phillies’ counter offer, which ESPN.com said the Blue Jays rejected, is fair. He considers Happ a “poor man’s Andy Pettitte” and Taylor to be better than Brown. He also pointed out that entering this season many considered Carrasco to be the organization’s top pitching prospect. He also think Donald can be a good everyday player.

Of course, it only matters what Toronto thinks.

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It also is unlikely the Cliff Lee is traded. One source said it could be easier for the Phillies to make a trade for Lee because the package would be bigger, meaning not Drabek or Brown involved.

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Been hearing a lot about how the Phillies will have more money to spend next season because the Phillies are shedding the payroll of Adam Eaton ($9 million), Geoff Jenkins ($8 million) and Jim Thome ($3 million). Not exactly. The Phillies have 11 players who are signed through next season or beyond. Those 11 players make $78.25 million this season. But because of built-in raises they will make $95.5 million next season. There goes those savings from Eaton, Jenkins and Thome. And keep in mind, that $95.5 million doesn’t the $5 million club option for Pedro Feliz and salary arbitration figures for Blanton, Shane Victorino, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, etc.

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Victorino Said Hip Is Fine

Shane Victorino said his left hip is fine, but he isn’t in the lineup tonight against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Victorino, who tweaked the hip rounding first base in the first inning last night against the Padres, took BP before the game and said he could be available to pinch-hit if needed. Charlie Manuel said later that Victorino is day-to-day, which is a good thing for him. Because the Phillies are carrying 13 pitchers, they have just four bats off the bench. If Victorino couldn’t play for a few days that would leave Manuel with just two bench moves (assuming he would keep Victorino and the backup catcher on the bench).

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Brett Myers had successful hip surgery today in New York. He begins his rehab program Saturday and could begin a long toss program in about three months. That would be early September, which makes his chances of pitching again this season remote.

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Forgot to mention yesterday that when Philly writers approached Jake Peavy in San Diego he said he was “tired and going to lay down.” The Phillies are interested in Peavy, but Peavy has a no-trade clause and is unlikely to accept a trade to Philly.

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The Dodgers showed a picture of Geoff Jenkins on the scoreboard when Jayson Werth hit in the first inning. It wouldn’t be so bad except Werth played for the Dodgers.

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I have been informed that Lauren Conrad is throwing out the first pitch Saturday afternoon. I’ve never watched an episode of Laguna Beach or The Hills (seriously, I haven’t), but I won’t mind seeing her at the yard.

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The Rings Are Here


The Phillies finally got their rings today.

They’re nice.

And when I say nice, I mean they’re a lot nicer than my high school class ring.

The Phillies invited everybody to the ring ceremony. It had been known that Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins and Kyle Kendrick would attend, but in a bit of a surprise Adam Eaton showed up, too.

“Mr. (David) Montgomery called, which went a long way,” Eaton said. “You don’t get too many opportunities for this chance, and to share it with these guys is something special.”

So, uh, what kind of reaction do you think you’re going to get?

“What do you think?” he said, smiling. “Everybody joked about what I should do. I’m not going to do anything because it was pretty disrespectful. At the same time they’re allowed to do what they want to do, but at the same time we’re honoring a team, not just one person or anything like that. I think the atmosphere out there is going to be very positive. I’m sure there’s going to be a smattering of boos, but we’ll move on and get my ring. I’m very excited obviously.”

Eaton got booed pretty heavily. Everybody else got a nice round of applause.

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Players that couldn’t make it included Tom Gordon, Rudy Seanez and So Taguchi.

Phillies at the Top in Payroll

USA Today released its annual Major League Baseball payroll database, which says the Phillies have the seventh highest payroll in baseball at a little more than $113 million.

$113 million?

We estimated yesterday that the Phillies’ payroll is more than $132 million. That is quite a difference, but USA Today only includes the 25 players on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, plus J.C. Romero and Mike Zagurski. It does not include the salaries for Adam Eaton ($9.15 million), Geoff Jenkins ($8 million) and Jim Thome ($3 million) — salaries the Phillies are responsible for and consider part of their payroll.

So push that payroll to more than $132 million and the Phillies rank fourth in baseball behind the New York Yankees ($201.4 million), New York Mets ($149.3 million) and Chicago Cubs ($134.8 million). But remember other payrolls might be a little different, too. The Detroit Tigers, for example, are listed as having a $115 million payroll, but that doesn’t include the $14 million they’re paying Gary Sheffield.

So where should the Phillies be ranked? Let’s just say somewhere near the top. And what makes that even more interesting is that the newspaper reports that 14 of 30 teams this season have reduced payroll compared to last season. But because the Phillies won the World Series, they have been insulated from the recession and boosted payroll more than 25 percent.

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The Phillies replaced the carpet in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park after last season because it was five years old and needed to be replaced. (Can’t imagine it was easy getting the champagne smell out, either.) So what are they doing with the old carpet? They’re cutting them up and turning them into doormats. MLB authenticated the carpet, so fans will be able to buy the carpet in front of Chase Utley‘s locker or Ryan Howard‘s locker, etc.

And who knows? Maybe somebody in Japan will pay big bucks for the carpet in front of So Taguchi‘s locker.

The carpet could be available later this month, selling for around $250.

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Anything Cooking with Sheff?

gary sheffield.jpgWe learned a couple things after the Phillies released Geoff Jenkins yesterday.

First, they are interested in Gary Sheffield.

Second, they are interested in Andruw Jones.

What are the chances the Phillies get either player? It’s less likely than likely, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Phillies super scout Gordon Lakey has been following Jones recently, but the Rangers might not be willing to move him. Sheffield? It seemed last night like Sheffield would be moving to the American League, but ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote today that AL teams with room for Sheffield are in short supply. Tampa Bay has Pat Burrell. The Red Sox have David Ortiz. The Royals like what they have seen from Billy Butler. The Mariners have Ken Griffey Jr. The Indians have Travis Hafner. The White Sox have Jim Thome. The Angels have Gary Matthews Jr. The Yankees? Sheffield burned bridges there. That could leave the Orioles and the Twins, but it’s unclear if they would be interested.

So maybe Sheffield will have to consider National League teams after all.

The Phillies obviously would need to resolve something before they sign him, if it gets that far. Would Sheffield happily accept a reserve role? If they feel comfortable with Sheffield’s attitude, it basically is a low-risk, high-reward move because they only would have to pay him $400,000.

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The Phillies said yesterday there are four candidates for two bullpen jobs: J.A. Happ, Jack Taschner, Gary Majewski and Bobby Mosebach. But I’d bet hard on Happ and Taschner. Majewski signed a minor-league contract, so they don’t risk losing him by starting him in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Mosebach, a Rule 5 Draft pick, hasn’t shown enough to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. That leaves Happ, who pitched well enough to earn a spot in the rotation, and Taschner, who the Phillies just acquired in a trade with the Giants.

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Park Wins Fifth Job, Phils Contact Sheffield

Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Chan Ho Park beat J.A. Happ for the fifth starter’s job. Happ’s fate with the team has not been decided, although Amaro said Happ, Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner and Bobby Mosebach are comepting for two bullpen jobs.

Amaro also said the Phillies have contacted the agent for Gary Sheffield, who the Tigers just released. Sheffield could be a bit now that the Phillies have released Geoff Jenkins.

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Park said he will make his debut April 12 against the Rockies in Denver.

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Phillies Release Jenkins

Just got word that the Phillies have released outfielder Geoff Jenkins.

Does this mean Gary Sheffield is on his way?

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he would talk later.

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Reporters just met with Jenkins. Here is some of what he said:

“Anytime you get released it’s obviously a surprise,” he said. “I think it’s just something that we talked about. I don’t know if I foreshadowed this scenario happening, but I knew there were left-handed hitters. So it seemed like somebody would be the odd man out at some point. It’s real tough. I care a lot about those guys in the clubhouse. You just deal with this like anything else and try to find a new spot. It’s obviously something I’ve never had to deal with before, playing my whole career. I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I don’t regreat anything for one minute that I was here. I told Charlie that, and Ruben. They were great with me.

“What’s there to be mad about? I picked a great year to be here. I wish it worked out better and I could be with them, but I don’t regret one minute. I wouldn’t change a thing being with these guys going through what we went through last year.”

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Could Sheffield Fit in Philly?

sheffield.jpgThe Detroit Tigers surprised everybody this morning when they released Gary Sheffield, who is owed $14 million this season.

Sheffield is a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.

The Phillies are looking for a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.

Is there a match here?

There could be, but there are some things to consider. First, the Tigers released Sheffield because they said they wanted more versatility on their 25-man roster … and they actually could have used him as a DH. Can Sheffield still play in the outfield? He obviously would have no choice with the Phillies. Second, Sheffield told the Detroit Free Press that his first preference is the Tampa Bay Rays, although I’m not sure how that would work because the Rays have Pat Burrell and Gape Kapler. But if Sheffield prefers to play in the American League, where he can DH, the Phillies obviously aren’t a match. But if Sheffield, who has 499 home runs, can’t find a match in the American League the Phillies would make some sense.

That is, if he isn’t looking for regular playing time.

Got it so far?

But even if the Phillies think Sheffield can play in the outfield and if Sheffield is OK playing in the National League in a non-everyday role, the Phillies still would have to release or trade Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs to make room for him. The Phillies have been trying to trade Jenkins this spring, and I believe that continues to be their preference: move or release Jenkins and keep Stairs.

FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Phillies are unwilling to eat Jenkins’ $8 million salary, which includes a $1.25 buyout on a 2010 club option. But if that is the case, maybe Sheffield could change their thinking.

Why? Because the Phillies only would have to pay Sheffield $400,000. In essence, they would be paying Sheffield $8.4 million to get a right-handed bat for their bench compared to paying Jenkins $8 million.

Other things to consider:

Sheffield was hitting .178 (8 for 45) with three homers and five RBIs this spring. He walked 13 times for a .387 on-base percentage, but had a .378 slugging percentage. He also hit .225 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 418 at-bats last season, when he played just six games in the outfield.

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The Blue Jays Nightcap


dunedin.jpgOh, it is on.

Rich Dubee announced yesterday that the competition for the fifth spot in the Phillies’ rotation is officially underway. Chan Ho Park received the message. He allowed three hits and one run and struck out four in four innings tonight at Dunedin Stadium. Joe Inglett singled to right field to leadoff the first inning, but Park retired the next nine batters he faced. He allowed a run in the fourth inning, but worked out of that jam by getting an inning-ending double play.

Park might have had a little extra motivation tonight. Before the Phillies took the bus to Dunedin, Park watched South Korea beat Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic. Park declined to play for South Korea because he wanted to focus his energy on making the Phillies’ rotation. It was a difficult decision for him.

“I’m still dreaming to be there,” Park said.

But Park badly wants to start this season. He recalled in the late ’90s how South Korea was going through tough economic times and the country gathered around its TV sets every five days to watch Park pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a diversion from the reality of everyday life. Park wants that to happen again, and it can’t happen if he’s pitching in the bullpen.

“People are missing watching the games,” Park said. “People had a hard time (back then). They were happy watching my games every five days. I think now is the time. They have fun watching the games. This is why it’s very important. Being a starter has more meaning to me, my career and my fans in Korea. That’s why I’m working hard here.”

But there are other factors at work here than just how well Park pitches. The Phillies really could use Park in the bullpen, especially with J.C. Romero out until June 1. Say, if Park finishes the spring having pitched slightly better than another pitching candidate. Does Park get the starter’s job? Or do they put him in the bullpen?

“I think it’s where we think we need him the most,” Charlie Manuel said. “But at the same time, I feel like, and I’m sure Dubee does, too, if he’s better than somebody else we’ve got, why wouldn’t he do the job better every five days than in the pen for us for two innings? If he gets the job and take us into the sixth and seventh inning in the game, that helps fill out that place in the bullpen.”

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Park said Jamie Moyer helped him recently with his changeup grip, which he thought he threw well tonight. … Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run double in the fourth inning. He also knocked in a run in the sixth. … Former Phillies righthander Geoff Geary had some interesting comments about Phillies fans in the Houston Chronicle.

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