Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/18/12
The amount of money the Phillies have cranked out over the past several years is pretty astonishing. It is especially shocking for fans like me who previously lived thought decades of penny-pinching squalor and a grand tradition of losing. I definitely prefer the shopping spree…This week, the Phillies dropped another $15 million to avoid arbitration for the 2012 season with lefty Cole Hamels. Some may be annoyed that a long-term deal was not struck. However, the $15 million may just be a little grease for the money machine wheel leading up to a more lucrative, long-term deal in the near future. Call it a gesture of goodwill to Hamels, letting him in on their forthcoming intentions.A few more Phillies each got a smaller piece of the pie this week. Utility man and part-time relief pitcher extraordinaire Wilson Valdez pocketed $930,000, the biggest paycheck of his 6-year career. But seriously, they could not cough up the remaining $70,000 to give the guy a cool million?Even Kyle Kendri...
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