The Phillies have seven free agents heading into this winter. This is how I see things shaking out with these players:
Jamie Moyer: 47-year old lefty starting pitcher Jamie Moyer started 19 games for the Phillies last season and he was 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. His season ended with injury. VERDICT: The Phillies should thank Moyer for the decent years that he gave them and then let him walk.
J.C. Romero: 34-year old lefty reliever J.C. Romero pitched in 60 games out of the pen for the Phillies last season and he was 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. The Phillies already have declined his option for 2011. VERDICT: The Phillies will let him walk.
Jose Contreras: 38-year old righty reliever Jose Contreras pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 6-4 with 4 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He was really tough in his first year as a full time reliever. VERDICT: The Phillies should give him a raise and bring him back.
Chad Durbin: 32-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. VERDICT: Like Contreras, I would give Durbin a raise and try to bring him back.
Mike Sweeney: 37-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Sweeney played in 26 games for the Phillies last season and he was 12 of 52 (.231 avg, .695 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Sweeney played in 56 games for the Phillies & Mariners last season and he was 38 of 151 (.252 avg, .765 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. VERDICT: Bringing back Sweeney on a minor league deal might be a good idea because he can still hit.
Jayson Werth: 31-year old righty swinging RF Jayson Werth played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 164 of 554 (.296 avg, .920 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 27 homers, 85 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Werth is the second best outfielder on the free agent market behind only Carl Crawford of the Rays. VERDICT: The Phillies decide not to ante up and they let Werth leave.
Jimmy Rollins: 31-year old switch hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins played in only 88 games for the Phillies last season and he was 85 of 350 (.243 avg, .694 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The Phillies have a club option for the 2011 season on Rollins. VERDICT: I see the Phillies picking up Rollins’ option and then praying that he can stay healthy.