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The Phillies like to give out extra contract years

Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right.

But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in which the Phillies have “freely given out extra contract years to many players when it did not appear necessary or prudent.”

It’s a pretty interesting and illuminating post, suggesting that the Phillies have limited their roster flexibility in significant ways over the past few years and will continue to be so constrained in the near future.

  1. Utley's hair - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Nope. We’re good. Rube can always just trade away top talent and replace it with half a bag of balls and a box of seeds, and pray that nobody gets hurt.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Nice to know that the Mets aren’t the only team with that problem.

  3. BigPhil - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Raul Ibanez should be included in that list.

  4. geoknows - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Not only have they given out extra years when not necessary or prudent, they have also given out excessive money when not necessary or prudent (see Howard, Ryan). Add in the whole trade-Lee-away-then-go-after-the-much-more-expensive-older-and-less-productive-Oswalt debacle and I have to admit that Ruben Amaro is a true head-scratcher of a GM.

  5. BigPhil - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    My problem has been giving multi-year deals to positions where there’s HIGH volatility in performance (bullpen and bench) and to players where there will be volatility (i.e. decline) in future performance (aging veterans). Those kill our flexibility for future moves.

  6. schmedley - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Amaro has definitely made some bad deals. Moyer, Dobbs and Gload should have been 1-year deals, and Baez should not have been signed at all.

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