The GM Winter Meetings start less than a week away and the Phillies are already picking up the supporting cast to what should be anonther All-Star lineup in 2010. On Nov. 24th, the Phillies agreed to terms with utility infielder Juan Castro. The only thing holding up that deal is Castro’s physical. Castro was on a family vacation at the time of announcement. The terms of that deal have yet to be announced. On Dec 1st, the Phillies signed veteran catcher Brian Schneider to a 2 year/ 2.75 million dollar deal. Schneider, who was bothered by a sprained back in 2009 while playing for the Mets, is primed to be Carlos Ruiz’ back up.
Of the offseason needs, a backup catcher, a right handed hitting infielder, a left handed hitting outfielder, third base and bullpen help, 40% is taken care of. With Ruben Amaro, Jr. stating his projected payroll be around 140 million dollars in 2010, it is looking more and more like a bigger fish could be on the way.
Update: Phillies did not offer arbitration to Chan Ho Park or Scott Eyre. Reports have the Phillies getting a feeling on John Smoltz. I assume it would be in a relief capacity. Jamie Moyer to undergo arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in January