ORLANDO–It is not a secret that the Phillies have a shopping list as baseball’s annual Winter Meetings get underway in Orlando’s Disney World.
Ken Mandell has documented the needs on phillies.com in his two Winter Meetings stories. Some Phillies fans have gotten antsy because their favorite team hasn’t dumped big bucks on some player.
In the NL East, only the Phillies have had much action, re-signing LHP Jamie Moyer and signing two free agents, 3B Wes Helms and RHP Adam Eaton. The moves leave the Phillies with a solid five-man rotation and more offense at third base. Perhaps not a big splash but little steps many times lead to something bigger.
College football is heading into the bowl season. Baseball’s winter meetings might be called the Boras Bowl, as in agent Scott Boras. His stable includes Daisuke Matasuzaka, the Japanese RHP for whom the Red Sox bid $51.1 million for the rights to talk contract; LHP Barry Zito, the best starter among free agents; OF J. D. Drew and RH reliever Eric Gagne, who was limited to two games and two innings in 2006 because of injuries. According to one internet story, Gagne is looking for $10 million for one year.
This city was the site of the 1978 Winter Meetings. The Phillies stole the thunder at those meetings by signing free agent Pete Rose to the largest contract, over $3 million for four years. How the times have changed.