Week two of this month is upon us and a bevy, herd, gaggle, flock, army of free agents are still sitting out there. Read somewhere this weekend, there’s something like 120 free agents remaining.
A bunch of former Phillies is included in the number: Bobby Abreu, So Taguchi, Tom Gordon, Rudy Seanez, Paul Byrd, Jon Lieber, Todd Jones, Freddy Garcia, Aquilino Lopez, Curt Schilling, Russ Springer, Randy Wolf, Ramon Martinez, Gary Bennett and Sal Fasano.
A couple of those names were on Ruben’s radar earlier this offseason. Another reliever and a right-handed bat for the bench are still on his wish list. When that will come to a head isn’t known right now.
What is known is the economics of adding another couple of players. As everyone knows, the Phillies have a large arbitration list that may require large dollars in the end.
Economics throughout the game is the main reason 120 players remain unsigned.