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Phillies Release Adam Eaton

Adam Eaton is officially a former Phillie, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Now the question is whether there's another team that wants to give him another shot.

After being signed to a three-year, $24.5 million contract wit the Phillies after the 2007 season, Eaton has failed spectacularly, going 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 games last season. Yet the bigger question may be why the Phillies offered to pay him $24.5 million in the first place, considering the fact that, after his 2008 numbers are factored in, he has a career record of 68-63 a 4.80 ERA lifetime through his nine years with the Phillies, Padres and Rangers.

Clearly, of all former Philadelphia GM Pat Gillick's signings -- and there were some good ones -- this was among the worst.

That being said, those two former teams might be among those willing to take a flier on Eaton, particularly the Rangers. It stands to reason that Eaton will have to accept a minimum-type deal to land anywhere, but the Rangers pitching rotation is still in enough flux that he could break through and land there with a strong spring training.

Where else could Eaton take his relatively miniscule need for money (after all, he's already made his $8.5 million for this season) and look for redemption? Kansas City? Pittsburgh? Will we see Eaton travelling on buses throughout the minors? What do people think?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Phillies  
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Comments

Cameron - I don't see the Rangers as needing to bring in a guy who looks like he's a replacement level starter. They have the assorted Kason Gabbards, Scott Feldmans, etc... to do that. Additionally, Matt Harrison really deserves a legit shot now. Neftali Feliz could be up the 2d half of the year, and I believe they have at least one other highly regarded pitching prospect (name escapes me) near ready. Don't block those guys with dreck. For all the grief they get about getting rid of Young, Danks, and Volquez (well, Hamilton at least was good compensation), their problem has been less with developing pitchers and more with being patient with them when they get whacked a few times.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 28, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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