Results tagged ‘ Mike Zagurski ’

A Week to Go

A week from today Phillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater.

I just hope there’s no snow there.

Seriously, enough with the snow.


Got the latest contract info:

Jose Contreras. $1.5 million salary. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 10 games started; $100,000 for 15 games started; $200,000 for 20 games started; $300,000 for 25 games started; $350,000 for 30 games started; $50,000 for 35 games finished; $100,000 for 40 games finished; $200,000 for 45 games finished; $300,000 for 50 games finished; $350,000 for 55 games finished; $50,000 for 50 games; $50,000 for 55 games; $50,000 for 60 games; $50,000 for 65 games; $50,000 for 70 games. Plus: $50,000 for makign the All Star team; $50,000 for being named the NLCS MVP; $100,000 being named World Series MVP; $25,000 for winning the Gold Glove; $25,000 for winning the Silver Slugger; $50,000 for winning Comeback Player of the Year; $100,000 for winning Cy Young or Rolaids ($75,000-2nd; $50,000-3rd). The Phillies also will not offer Contreras salary arbitration if he is a Type A free agent.

Scott Mathieson. He will make $115,000 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors. He also receives a $2,500 bonus for appearing in 50 games.

Oscar Villarreal. Minor League contract for $17,000 a month and an agreement for a Major League contract for $125,000. He will make $675,000 if he plays in the Majors. Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 20 games; $25,000 for 25 games; $25,000 for 30 games; $30,000 for 35 games; $30,000 for 40 games; $30,000 for 45 games; $30,000 for 50 games; $30,000 for 55 games. Plus: $25,000 for making the All Star team; $50,000 for being named World Series MVP; $25,000 for being named NLCS MVP; $50,000 for winning Cy Young or Rolaids ($25,000-2nd; $15,000-3rd); $25,000 for winning a Gold Glove; $25,00 for winning a Silver Slugger. If he is not on the 25-man roster by July 1, Villarreal will be released if requested or he will be added to the roster within 72 hours.

Also, Villarreal does not have an invitation to Major League spring training.

Mike Zagurski. He will make $151,548 in the Minors and $400,000 in the Majors.


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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.


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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Manuel Wants .300

manuel.jpgThe Phillies finished tied for second in the National League in scoring last season, but finished 10th in the league in hitting at .255.

Charlie Manuel takes that personally.

“We didn’t have a .300 hitter last year and that really (ticks) me off,” he said today at Bright House Field. “You know why? I know we’ve got five or six guys that are capable of hitting .300. Maybe more. That doesn’t mean that I’m mad at them, but I’m saying we can improve. … I kind of take it personal because I pull for every one of them to be the best hitter in baseball.”

Manuel has said repeatedly over the past several months how the Phillies were on a record scoring pace in June when they scored 20 runs against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 13. He recalls beat writers telling him how the Phillies could score more than 1,000 runs.

“You black-clouded us is what you did,” Manuel said.

We think he was kidding.

“You just brought the black cloud on us,” he said. “You were saying how we were capable of scoring 1,000 runs. And from that point on we scored 199.”

I think the Phillies will hit better this season. Ryan Howard struggled terribly early. I think he’ll get off to a better start. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were hampered with injuries. I think they’ll do better if they are healthy. Pat Burrell is gone and Raul Ibanez is in, and Ibanez puts the ball in play more. Carlos Ruiz is better than he hit last season, too. So I’m calling at least one .300 hitter.

And if it happens, maybe Charlie will give me a little credit after black-clouding him last year.


The Phillies have agreed to terms with lefthander Mike Zagurski, for what is believed to be the big-league minimum $400,000. Carlos Ruiz is the only 40-man roster player who remains unsigned. The Phillies and Ruiz have until March 2 to reach an agreement. If an agreement can not be reached, the Phillies simply will renew his contract. … Chase Utley took live batting practice today. Just another step forward for Utley, who expects to be ready to play Opening Day.


We Should Be GM’s does the Garbage Pail Kids: Phillies pitching edition. I clearly remember the Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid, which is the GPK’s signature card. I also remember being disappointed at the Odd Todd card. Lame.


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Coste In The Fold

The Phillies have agreed to terms on a split contract with catcher Chris Coste.

A source said Coste will make $460,000 in the majors, and $249,000 in the minors.

Everybody on the 40-man roster has signed other than Carlos Ruiz, Ronny Paulino and Mike Zagurski.