Thanks Pat Gillick...now move aside for Ruben Amaro Jr. Amaro steps into a good situation, the Phillies are World Series Champions after all. However, there are moves to be made, time to get to work Rube!
Leftfield- our boy Pat "the Bat" Burrell has likely played his final game for the Phils. He's been with the organization since 1998 when he was drafted with the 1st overall pick out of the University of Miami. He made his MLB debut in 2000 and smacked homeruns and lunged at sliders low and outside ever since. Replacing his defense is easy, a stationary light pole with a glove on it would do the trick, but his bat would leave a gaping hole from the right side in the middle of the lineup. It's not out of the question that Burrell returns to Philly, but they're going to have to do better than the reported 2 year $22 million contract they offered him. Losing a near .900 OPS is a big deal, so replacing him is not going to be cheap. Rumors have the Phils linked to Magglio Ordonez and Rocco Baldelli. Of course they could always go the cheap route and stick with an outfield mix of Werth, Victorino, Jenkins, and Stairs, but I hope not.
Bullpen- Brad Lidge has already re-upped with the Phils this past summer, so closer is taken care of. JC Romero and Ryan Madson have proven their value as 7th/8th inning set-up men. Chad Durbin is up for arbitration, and the Phils will likely want him back serving in the 6th inning role. Second lefty Scott Eyre has stated his desire to return to Philly and Amaro has reciprocated. That leaves Clay Condrey, who is also up for arbitration, and is a non-tender candidate and some unknown 12th pitcher on the staff. Relievers are a crapshoot, as they can be great one season then completely implode the next, so stockpiling quality arms in the 'pen is always a good idea.
Lock-up Hamels & Howard- NL leader in whip and innings pitched at the age of 24 and coming off of NLCS and World Series MVP honors, Cole has pitched himself into a huge pay raise. He'll likely be the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young next year by the know-it-alls at ESPN and is already a legend in Philly. Howard won his arbitration case last season and was awarded $10 million, and is set for another hefty chunk of change coming his way. He's in a class all of his own when it comes to sluggers as he's hit 153 homeruns and knocked in 431 runs over the past 3 years. Locking each up long term presents obstacles, risks, and rewards.
Cut ties with Eaton & Jenkins- Patty G may have crafted a World Series winning team, but at the expense of signing deadweight in Adam Eaton and Geoff Jenkins. Eaton is horrible, there's no better way to put it. Finding someone to take on his final year of his contract is no easy task. Jenkins on the other hand could still be serviceable if he were able to have a bounce back season and get back to at least being able to hit righties. Amaro would be a genius if he were able to unload both of them, hell even one of them (namely Eaton), but my money is on Jenkins returning and Eaton being waived.