The Phils announced that they have released Dontrelle Willis, after making three pitching appearances, although doing rather well after his last appearance.
Before his release, Willis, who the Phils had hope to make their left-handed specialist out of the bullpen, pitched in three and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs.
Good luck, Dontrelle. Hope you’ll be able to land with another ballclub.
The Phillies have announced earlier today that they have finally released Adam Eaton. Joining the Phillies as a free agent in 2007 after signing a three-year contract worth $24.5 million, Eaton in two years with the Phillies would pitch in 51 games (49 starts) and would go 14-18 with a high ERA of 6.10. Late in the 2008 season, he would be taken out of the rotation and sent to the minors to see if he could improve his pitching, as was done earlier with fellow Phil Brett Myers. Unlike Myers, who would got his brain back into the game in time to have a stellar second half, thus helping get the team into the playoffs and World Series, Eaton would only get worst in the minors, getting bombed in each of his outings. Although called back up to the team in September, he would make very few mound appearences for the ballclub, and would not be placed on the post-season roster.
Eaton, who has been in the major leagues for nine years with the Padres and Rangers, along with the Phils, has a career record of 68-83 in 197 games (193 starts) with an ERA of 4.80.
With his release, the Phillies will be paying the last year of his contract, worth $8.5 million. Eaton has already expressed during the early part of Spring Training that he is sure that another team will pick him up. Me, I’m not so sure, since no one wanted to take him off of the Phillies hand when they tried to trade him during the off-season. But, anything is possible, but I will state right now that I will feel sorry for whichever team does pick him up and he continues to pitch as badly for them as he has done during the last two seasons while pitching for the Phils.
Goodbye, Eaton. I wish you luck, but I seriously don’t expect to see you with another team until you can prove that you can pitch.
Phillies let third-base coach go
Smith had been with organization for two seasons
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
To actually see him get release is a big surprise.
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made his first and only change to his staff in two seasons, when he opted not to bring back third-base coach Steve Smith.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this from Dana Point, Calif., where he’s attending the General Managers Meetings. Manuel is in attendance as well, and the two men met with Smith personally to deliver the news.
Smith was hired before the start of the 2007 season, as a replacement for Art Howe, who had been hired but left to accept a position with the Rangers.
The rest of the Phillies’ coaches will be asked to return. (H/T Phillies.com)
Hopefully Charlie will have someone ready to take his place, although it is good to hear that the rest of the coaches will still be here. Goodbye Steve, and good luck in the future.
Phillies decline Gordon, Taguchi
Righty reliever, now a free agent, hopes to return to club
By Kevin Horan / MLB.com
Gordon isn’t a surprise after his injury.Now, Taguchi, I’m surprised he was on the roster for the playoffs.
PHILADELPHIA — Reliever Tom Gordon and outfielder So Taguchi had their team option for the 2009 season declined on Friday afternoon, making them both free agents, the Phillies announced.
The team exercised a $1 million buyout on Gordon, 40, instead of paying him $4.5 million in 2009, and a $150,000 buyout on the contract on Taguchi, 39, rather than a $1.25 million salary.
Gordon’s third season as a Phillies reliever ended in July due to inflammation in his right elbow that eventually required surgery. In 34 games out of the Phillies’ bullpen this year, Gordon went 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA.
After allowing five runs in a trying Opening Day appearance, the right-hander posted a 3.68 ERA in his remaining 33 appearances.
Gordon had surgery on his inflamed right elbow last month, and he said he’d like to return to Philadelphia.
Taguchi never got on track with the Phillies. He served as a backup outfielder and hit .220 (20-for-91) in 2008, mostly as a pinch-hitter. (H/T Phillies.com)
Well, looks like the 2009 is already a bit different from the Champs. I wonder who else will be gone by Spring Training, 2009?