Adam Eaton has requested that the Philadelphia Phillies release him, according to the News Journal.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr., informed the pitcher he will not be a candidate for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. The pitcher decided throw a tantrum and is demanding his release.
Not that I can blame him. Who wants to play in Philly? Ha!
In July 2008 he lost his job to Joe Blanton and was sent down to Triple-A.
There are already four players who are currently in the running for the fifth spot:
- Kyle Kendrick: I feel he is the front runner.
- Carlos Carrasco
- Chan Ho Park: I feel he really does not have a shot.
- J.A. Happ: The runner-up to Kendrick.
In reality, it’s a two-man duel between Kendrick and Happ. I think it is a little insulting to say Eaton has no shot, but yet Park does. That’s a slap in the face.
You cannot blame the Phillies either. Eaton’s numbers were not exactly great in 2008. He had an ERA over 5, a 4-8 W-L record, 57 strikeouts, 44 walks in 21 games.
Should the Phillies release Eaton, they will have to eat up most of his $8.5 million contract. Even if they were to be able to trade him, they would still have to take on some of the contract. Teams are being very frugal right now.