The big gifts may be under the tree, but the market is still brimming with stocking stuffers.
Ruben Amaro tells Scott Lauber that he’s contacted “20 or so” non-tendered players, which is most of the non-tenders. Just a guess that switch-hitting utility man Aaron Miles was among them since the the pursuit of Nick Punto came up empty. Punto would have been their player of choice since he mans third base well. Ty Wigginton is also out there, an attractive option for several clubs. Philadelphia probably isn't the best fit for Wigginton, however. If they’re searching for a fifth-outfielder, Jonny Gomes is free and bats from the right side. Terrible season for Gomes in ’08, but he’d be the last man off the bench like So Taguchi was. The Phils have some redundancy in the outfield between Geoff Jenkins and Matt Stairs. I’m picturing late spring training as the time to settle that, a la, the Phils grabbing David Dellucci from overstocked Texas two years ago. I can’t decide which player would be more attractive; Jenkins, perhaps, if the Phils absorb some salary.
Some official figures to pass along just to keep up appearances: Raul Ibanez and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $31.5 million, three-year contract today. Jamie Moyer will get $13 million guaranteed and can earn an additional $7 million in incentives.