TB13 wrote:BANDINI wrote:Thome is done in Philly. Yes the Phillies management is inept, but they WILL trade Thome to clear room for Howard otherwise the city will have a revolt against them.
Saying this over the Internet is one thing. Real life works a little bit differently. Thome is not just owed money. He is owed LOTS of money. And has 3 years (or is it two?) left on his contract. Philly will have to swallow no less than half his salary and face the distinct possibility that they will STILL have to take on some bad money in return. I believe that Thome still has a another 40 hr year in him, but the injuries are starting to take their toll.
The market for Thome is small, even if they pick up half his contract. I do not think that he can hold out an a strict first baseman anymore. But who in the AL can afford him? The teams that can, are not shopping for first basemen. Boston would be a decent choice, but would they be willing to take him on for the next 3 years? The Mets would be a decent choice, but would Philly trade him within the division?
I think that Thome is going to be extremely to deal.
Yes it is quite a bit of money, but in my eyes the Phils have no other choice UNLESS they can get some stud prospects for Howard (which I doubt they could do). But I think it is no coincidence that the Phils are playing harder and with more swagger since Howard and Utley have become full-timers. They are the new leaders of this team, essentially taking over the team from the laid-back Thome and Burrell. To get rid of Howard would doom this team IMO, and would decrease an already dwindling fan base. Phils management is horrendous, but they should do the right thing here and build around Howard and Utley. They have to suck it up and deal Thome and spend the money. I'd rather play Howard full-time with his small salary plus half of Thome's salary, rather then stick with an aging Thome and pay him his FULL salary.