The Phillies could make a complete overhaul to their roster this offseason.
Rumors have already begun to swirl about several players being traded or released and many sources claim that every Phillie is on the table.
Rumored to be the first to move is, surprisingly, outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Byrd had a very solid season in right field for the Phillies, combining power and solid play defensively. His biggest knock is his strikeout total, among the worst in baseball. But Ken Rosenthal from FoxSports said Monday night he is a popular target.
Another subject of discussion on the internet, and supposedly in front offices is the future or Ryan Howard.
The former MVP could very well be on his way out. Here’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney said Tuesday:
“Ryan Howard has had his last at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That’s what the Phillies hope, anyway. That’s their goal, according to rival executives.”
Olney goes on to explain that the Howard situation isn’t as cut and dry as the Phillies would like.
The 34-year-old (who turns 35 this month) is due $60 million, salaries for the next two seasons plus a $10 million buy out in 2017 (on a team option worth $23 million).
How they could move Howard without eating most of his salary is still the big question.
Don’t be surprised if those two names are thrown around as the Winter Meeting approach on December 7.
Burnett turns down $12.75 million from Phillies
With the opportunity to make a pretty hefty salary — especially considering he’s 37-years-old — A.J. Burnett scorned the prospect of being a part of the worst team in the NL East for the 2015 season.
Burnett becomes a free agent and likely won’t pitch unless he can get a deal with a contender.
Burnett was 8-18 last season with a 4.59 ERA. He led all of baseball in earned runs, walks and losses.
Prior to signing his one-year, $16 million deal (with a player option for season No. 2), Burnett had a late-career resurgence in Pittsburgh.
His stellar pitching in 2012 and 2013 for the Pirates made him appear like a perfect fit for the Phillies as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but his departure was expected leading up to Tuesday.
The Phillies now have a little more wiggle-room with their payroll.