Phils GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. addressed Adam Eaton at Citizens Bank Park today. When asked if Eaton could be in competition for the fifth spot Amaro said, “It’s a four-man competition, [Eaton] isn’t involved in it. We just feel the other four would have a better opportunity to help us.”
The other four are Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco and Chan Ho Park. Eaton is 14-18 with a 6.09 ERA in two seasons with the Phillies.
Frankly the statement doesn’t surprise anyone. Eaton has been one of the biggest busts in franchise history.
Eaton will make $8.5 million this season, plus a $500,000 buyout on a club option for 2010. That contract makes him nearly impossible to trade. The Phillies tried to give him away during the winter meetings, eating all but $1 million of his salary, but found no takers.
If he can’t be traded, Eaton could be released before the season starts.
The Phillies and Moises Alou have exchanged interests, Alou, 42, is a terrific career hitter. Alou however feels he can still start and the Phils certainly can’t offer hma a starting spot. If Amaro could land him, he’d be a terrific addition to the bench.