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Amaro's Next Move

The Phillies have signed Danys Baez to a two-year, $5.25 million contract, and it could be their final move this offseason.

But Ruben Amaro Jr. said today that he still has a left-handed reliever and another starter on his wish list:

Amaro said the Phillies “probably have finished the negotiations” with Scott Eyre, whom they offered a Minor League deal. Eyre was 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 61 appearances since he joined the Phillies in Aug. 2008, but he also is coming off elbow surgery. Amaro said the Phillies offered Eyre the Minor League deal for protection from the surgery.

“I don’t believe he’ll be a Phillie next year,” Amaro said.

But Amaro said he still will explore opportunities for left-handed relievers because there is some question whether or not J.C. Romero will be ready to start the season. He had elbow surgery in October. He could begin throwing in the middle of the month, but Amaro said Romero is behind closer Brad Lidge, who also had elbow surgery and also might not be ready to start the season.

Free agent left-handers Joe Biemel and Will Ohman are possibilities to take Eyre’s place.

“There is not a lot to choose from,” Amaro said.

There is not much the Phillies can afford, either. Baez will make $2.5 million in 2010 and $2.75 million in 2011. That pushes their 2010 payroll to $118.45 million, and that does not include salaries for Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin, Ben Francisco, J.A. Happ and others.

Amaro added that Jamie Moyer, who is slated as the team’s fifth starter, also might not be ready to start the season. He is having the meniscus repaired in his right knee Monday. If he is not ready, Amaro said Kyle Kendrick, Andrew Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched last season in Japan, would be candidates for the fifth starter’s job. And because of the uncertainty surrounding Moyer, Amaro would like to add more depth to the rotation. He said he has talked with the agents for Ben Sheets, Chien-Ming Wang and others, but they seem unlikely to sign unless their asking prices drop significantly. Amaro said he also has spoken to Brett Myers‘ agent, which is noteworthy because Amaro said immediately after the season that Myers would not return.

That said, Amaro said he doesn’t see much likelihood that Myers will be back.

“If we had our druthers, we’ll try to perhaps sign somebody else – one or two pitchers who could fight for one of those jobs,” Amaro said. “Probably a Minor League deal at this point. A player who is anticipating getting a Major League deal and quite frankly the market isn’t out there for them.”

The Phillies have had interest in right-hander Miguel Batista in the past, although it is unclear what the market is for him. Amaro also said he will leave the lines of communication open with Pedro Martinez, although it seems their prices are far apart.

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Bullpen Help?

The Phillies have been looking for lefthanded bullpen help for the past couple months, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said several times recently that unless those free agents (notably Joe Beimel, Will Ohman and Dennys Reyes) take a “very modest offer” that they would not be signed.

The Phillies have been monitoring their situations for weeks, but a report today has the Phillies in back and forth negotiations with Ohman.

A Phillies source told MLB.com today that they “are not on Ohman.”

The source indicated that Ohman’s agent might be trying to generate interest in his client.

Of course, the Phillies’ interest in Ohman could change over time. As the regular season grows closer, free agents might become more desperate to sign. Amaro would not say what a “very modest offer” is, but it would seem to be $1 million or less.

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Phinally Philly finds that the Phillies will be flashing a little gold on Opening Day. Holy cow, that’s a lot of PH’s and F’s in the same sentence.

Phillies vs. Pirates – Grapefruit League opener

mckechnie field.jpgThere’s baseball in Bradenton, and I must say there is a good collection of Phillies fans here.

I’m eager to see what kind of crowd is at Bright House Field tomorrow.

Here are a couple pregame notes from McKechnie Field:

- John Daly joined the Phillies yesterday during their annual golf outing.

- Pedro Feliz said in Clearwater that he feels good, but isn’t sure when he will start swinging a bat.

- Ruben Amaro Jr. said it’s “not out of the realm of possibility” the Phillies could keep three catchers on their 25-man roster as they try to figure out how badly they need another righthanded bat for their bench. Amaro wouldn’t say the possibilities for Nomar Garciaparra are dead, but he said “if I were to handicap this thing I would say less than 50 percent.” And lefthanded relievers like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? “Still open,” Amaro said. “But nothing has changed there.” Amaro said a few days ago those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary (i.e. less than $1 million) to join the Phillies.

- Raul Ibanez knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second base with a single to left-center field with two outs in the third inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

- Jamie Moyer threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and two walks, and struck out one. Joe Blanton has started the bottom of the third.

- What did I miss? The clubhouse is open during spring training games, which means I was in the clubhouse talking with Moyer when the Pirates scored four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning. Joe Bisenius allowed four runs and Scott Nestor allowed three runs each in an inning.

- John Mayberry knocked in a run with a single to left in the ninth.

- Phillies lose, 8-2. Jeremy Slayden went 2 for 2. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove each threw a scoreless inning.

(Yes, I took that crummy picture from the press box.)

No More Nomar?

nomar.jpgThe word is that the Oakland A’s are interested in Nomar Garciaparra.

The Phillies have been interested in Garciaparra for some time, but the feeling I get is that he isn’t coming to Philadelphia.

“We’re not going to get into a bidding war with the A’s,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He knows what our parameters would be.”

Those parameters are believed to be modest.

But what about free agent lefthanders like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? They’re still on the market, and the Phillies could use another lefthander.

“If they get to the point where they would take something that is extremely modest, then we’d still be in it,” Amaro said. “But they’d have to take something that’s very, very modest because, frankly, we don’t have any money to play with right now.”

Amaro wouldn’t say what “modest” means, but it’s safe to say it’s less than $1 million.

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If the Phillies are looking for another lefthanded arm to have in camp, lefthander Mike Bacsik is looking for a job. He pitched for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, so he has familiarity with the Phillies’ organization and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who he also knew in Cleveland.

“My connection to Charlie and the organization makes the idea of being part of the Phillies organization enticing,” Bacsik said. “My ability to start or relieve could possibly serve a need the organization has from the left side. I spent most of 2007 pitching in the big leagues with Washington and would welcome a trip back to the NL East.”

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Ryan Madson changed numbers. He wears No. 46 after wearing No. 63.

Why?

“I needed a change,” Madson said. “(President Barack) Obama said it’s time for change.”

These Are Your Phillies

The Phillies could use another lefthander in their bullpen, but the Phillies won’t be signing one of the remaining free agent lefthanders on the market like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman.

“They’re available, but we’re not on them,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “At some point you have to call off the jam and go with the people that you have.”

So even if they remain unsigned a couple weeks from now and their asking price drops considerably?

“Unless the demand is tremendously modest,” Amaro said. “And I don’t see that happening.”

The Phillies have an estimated Opening Day payroll of $131.5 million. I spoke with Phillies president David Montgomery yesterday about how the Phillies were able to spend so much money while the country is reeling in a recession. He made a great point. The Phillies were very fortunate to win the World Series in 2008 because it allowed them to keep spending — despite the economic madness around them.

I also think it could set them up nicely the next few years, too. While other teams might be taking a big financial hit in 2009, which means they could be spending even less in 2010 and 2011, the Phillies should do quite well. Of course, they need to keep winning. But there is no reason to think Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and others aren’t in the primes of their careers, and can’t keep returning to the postseason the next few years.

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From the feeling I get, I think it is unlikely Nomar Garciaparra joins the Phillies.

“I really don’t have a timetable,” Amaro said. “We talked to him a few weeks ago. We talked to him fairly recently. He isn’t quite ready to make a decision yet.”

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