Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Contemplating the changes the Phillies need for 2014

Last night, the Pirates fans jeered Johnny Cueto, reminded me of the time Phillies fans got to Burt Hooten

Ruben Amaro was recently quoted that the moves the Phillies make this offseason will have to be 'creative.' What does he mean by that?

A lot can be read into a saying such as this, when being 'creative' in making some moves is he trying to say that the Phillies might have to package up more that they should when going after a certain player that the Amaro wants to sign for the team?

You can't argue that a lot of the players that Amaro Jr. has brought to the Phillies have been really great players most of their careers, he has also made some moves that really leave you scratching your head. It's not nice to refer to a few of the acquisitions as though they were found by a couple of guys like you would see rooting through junk on the show 'American Pickers', but that is what we've seen especially with the acquisition of Delmon Young, even though Young had a key hit for the Tampa Rays the other night, which was called an out, and if the Phillies were in the playoffs they might be able to use a bat like Young's off the bench.

The Phillies aren't in the playoffs though, they've fallen from their perch in the NL East, a spot that they have relinquished now for two solid years, and that's the signal that despite injuries and and other parts that make up a baseball season, they need to really make moves and acquisitions for the long haul, and what success that the Phillies had before is long gone.

Who is on the Phillies radar?

Here's a list of available free agents from

MLBTR's up-to-date list of 2014 MLB free agents is below. These are players who project to be eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. Players on the 2013 free agent list are not on this one.

If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us. To see who represents these players, check out our agency database.

Updated 10-1-13


Henry Blanco (42)
John Buck (33)
Ramon Hernandez (38)
Brian McCann (30)
Jose Molina (38)
Dioner Navarro (30)
Wil Nieves (36)
Miguel Olivo (35)
Brayan Pena (32)
A.J. Pierzynski (37)
Humberto Quintero (34)
Carlos Ruiz (35)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (29)
Kelly Shoppach (34)
Geovany Soto (31)
Kurt Suzuki (30) - $8.5MM club option with a $650K buyout
Yorvit Torrealba (35)

First basemen

Jose Dariel Abreu (27)
Jeff Baker (33)
Corey Hart (32)
Mike Napoli (32)
Paul Konerko (38)
Casey Kotchman (31)
Adam Lind (30) - $7MM club option with a $2MM buyout
James Loney (30)
Kendrys Morales (30)
Justin Morneau (33)
Mike Morse (32)
Lyle Overbay (37)
Carlos Pena (36)
Mark Reynolds (30)
Kevin Youkilis (35)

Second basemen

Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
Robinson Cano (31)
Alexi Casilla (29)
Jamey Carroll (40) - $2MM club option with a $250K buyout
Mark Ellis (37) - $5.75MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Omar Infante (32)
Kelly Johnson (32)
Nick Punto (36)
Brian Roberts (36)
Ramon Santiago (34)
Skip Schumaker (34)
Ben Zobrist (33) - $7MM club option with a $2.5MM buyout

Clint Barmes (35)
Willie Bloomquist (36)
Jamey Carroll (40) - $2MM club option with a $250K buyout
Alexi Casilla (29)
Stephen Drew (31)
Yunel Escobar (31) - $5MM club option
Rafael Furcal (36)
Alex Gonzalez (36)
Cesar Izturis (34)
Derek Jeter (40) - $8MM+ player option with a $3MM buyout
John McDonald (39)
Jhonny Peralta (32)
Brendan Ryan (32)

Third basemen

Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
Wilson Betemit (32) - $3.2MM vesting option
Jamey Carroll (40) - $2MM club option with a $250K buyout
Eric Chavez (36)
Mark DeRosa (39) - $750K club option with a $25K buyout
Jerry Hairston Jr. (38)
Brandon Inge (37)
Placido Polanco (38)
Mark Reynolds (30)
Juan Uribe (34)
Kevin Youkilis (35)
Michael Young (37)

Left fielders

Jef Baker (33)
Jason Bay (35)
Mark DeRosa (39) - $750K club option with a $25K buyout
Raul Ibanez (42)
Reed Johnson (37) - $1.6MM club option with a $150K buyout
Austin Kearns (34)
Jason Kubel (32) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Nate McLouth (32)
Mike Morse (32)
David Murphy (32)
Laynce Nix (33)
Juan Pierre (36)
Grady Sizemore (31)
Delmon Young (28)

Center fielders

Rick Ankiel (34)
Coco Crisp (34) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Rajai Davis (33)
Jacoby Ellsbury (30)
Curtis Granderson (33)
Franklin Gutierrez (31) - $7.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Andres Torres (36)
Chris Young (30) - $11MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout

Right fielders

Jeff Baker (33)
Carlos Beltran (37)
Marlon Byrd (36)
Shin-Soo Choo (31)
Nelson Cruz (33)
David DeJesus (34) - $6.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Mark DeRosa (39) - $750K club option with a $25K buyout
Jeff Francoeur (30)
Corey Hart (32)
Grady Sizemore (31)

Designated hitters

Lance Berkman (37) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Jason Giambi (43)
Travis Hafner (37)
Raul Ibanez (42)
Kendrys Morales (30)
Luke Scott (36)
Delmon Young (28)
Michael Young (37)

Starting pitchers

Bronson Arroyo (37)
Scott Baker (32)
Erik Bedard (35)
A.J. Burnett (37)
Chris Capuano (35) - $8MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Chris Carpenter (39)
Bruce Chen (37)
Bartolo Colon (41)
Jorge De La Rosa (33) - $11MM club option
Scott Feldman (30)
Gavin Floyd (31)
Jeff Francis (33)
Freddy Garcia (37)
Jon Garland (34)
Matt Garza (30)
Chad Gaudin (31)
Roy Halladay (37)
Jason Hammel (31)
Aaron Harang (36) - $7MM+ mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Dan Haren (33)
Roberto Hernandez (33)
Tim Hudson (38)
Phil Hughes (28)
Ubaldo Jimenez (30) - may void $8MM option for 2014
Josh Johnson (30)
Jeff Karstens (31)
Scott Kazmir (30)
Hiroki Kuroda (39)
Jon Lester (30) - $13MM club option with a $250K buyout
Colby Lewis (34)
Ted Lilly (38)
Tim Lincecum (30)
Paul Maholm (32)
Shaun Marcum (32)
Jason Marquis (35)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (33)
Randy Messenger (32)
Ricky Nolasco (31)
Roy Oswalt (35)
Mike Pelfrey (30)
Wandy Rodriguez (35) - $13MM player option with a $2.5MM buyout
Ervin Santana (31)
Johan Santana (34) - $25MM club option with a $5.5MM buyout
Joe Saunders (33) - mutual option
James Shields (32) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Jason Vargas (31)
Ryan Vogelsong (36) - $6.5MM club option with a $300K buyout
Edinson Volquez (30)
Tsuyoshi Wada (33) - $5MM club option
Jake Westbrook (36) -- $9.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
Chien-Ming Wang (34)
Barry Zito (36) - $18MM club option with a $7MM buyout


Grant Balfour (36)
Joaquin Benoit (36)
Rafael Betancourt (39) - $4.25MM mutual option with a $250K buyout
Kevin Gregg (36)
Joel Hanrahan (32)
Casey Janssen (32) - $4MM club option
Ryan Madson (33)
Edward Mujica (30)
Joe Nathan (39) - $9MM club option with a $750K buyout, Nathan may void
Fernando Rodney (37)
Jose Veras (33) - $3.25MM club option with a $150K buyout

Right-handed relievers

David Aardsma (32)
Matt Albers (31)
Luis Ayala (36)
Matt Belisle (34) - $4.25MM mutual option with a $250K buyout
Shawn Camp (38)
Joba Chamberlain (28)
Jesse Crain (32)
Octavio Dotel (40)
Kyle Farnsworth (38)
Frank Francisco (34)
Jason Frasor (36)
Matt Guerrier (35)
LaTroy Hawkins (39)
Matt Lindstrom (34) - $4MM club option
Kameron Loe (32)
Brandon Lyon (34)
Carlos Marmol (31)
Nick Masset (32)
Peter Moylan (35)
Brett Myers (33) - club option
Juan Carlos Oviedo (30) - club option
Chad Qualls (35)
Francisco Rodriguez (31)
Joe Smith (30)
Tim Stauffer (32)
Jose Valverde (36)
Jamey Wright (39)

Left-handed relievers

Scott Downs (38)
Mike Gonzalez (36)
Rich Hill (34)
J.P. Howell (31)
Boone Logan (29)
Javier Lopez (36)
Eric O'Flaherty (29)
Darren Oliver (43)
Manny Parra (31)
Oliver Perez (32)
Matt Thornton (37) - $6MM club option with a $1MM buyout

Cot's Baseball Contracts was used in the creation of this list.

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