Also, Chase Utley may be resigned on a two-year deal with an opt. for 2016, thus taking him off the trade block.
UPDATE (12:56 pm Tuesday): Phillies call-up 3B Cody Asche from AAA after hitting .295 this year and .287 in the minors (equivalent of two full seasons). As speculated by many beat writers, this likely means that Michael Young will be traded shortly. If that happens by 4 PM on the 31st, Asche is expected to platoon with Kevin Frandsen for the rest of 2013.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Well, with the team out of contention in 2013 after loosing eight straight games (their worst loosing streak since Sept. 2011 & worst road trip since 1995), it is time to look ahead to 2014.
The theme for next season: a lot of needs but tremendous payroll flexibility.
The Phillies have six players under contract ($99MM total), four Arbitration-Eligible players ($14MM expected salary), and will have at least seven (maybe 12) players making the ML Minimum ($3.6MM - three in the bullpen, Brown, Kratz, a 5th starter, & Asche at 3B (he'll make ~$490k)). Coaches & front office staff account for about $10-13MM toward the luxury tax calculation. So far, that's ~$130MM for 17 players.
- Papelbon: $12.5MM
- Adams: $6MM
- Hamels: $22.5MM
- Lee: $24MM
- Howard: $23MM
- Rollins: $11MM
- Kendrick: $4.5MM
- Bastardo: $1.4MM
- Revere & Mayberry: $516k each