The fifth starter’s job is up in the air, but Ruben Amaro Jr. already counted out Adam Eaton for the job. Eaton was not shocked.
“I knew already, obviously. If I establish myself, it might not be here. That’s just the way it is. There’s a lot of pitchers vying for the fifth spot. Stuff happens. Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, nothing does happen, and
it makes it a very difficult decision for them. But I just have to get ready for a season. I’m not going to shortchange myself or my teammates now or in the future. If it’s a season here in Philly, so be it. If it’s a season somewhere else, that’s the way it is.”
The best option for the Phillies is to release him, or better yet trade him if anybody is willing to take him. Eaton said that he will not accept an option to the minor leagues:
“If we get to that point, I’ll be released. And I don’t think that’s the end of the world by any means. It would be kind of prudent not to trade for me. I’m not going to accept another assignment. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for another GM to maybe wait and take your shot at getting me for less than a trade would be.”
If the Phillies release him, they must eat $8.5 million of Eaton’s salary.
“I think odds on favorite I’ll probably going somewhere else, but that’s a good thing too.” Eaton said.
Eaton seems like the outcast of the team. He wasn’t in sight for the Phillies World Championship celebration and didn’t attend the parade. He claimed he would of liked to be there, however was “not invited.”
“Obviously, it hasn’t been the best fit here,” Eaton
said. “I haven’t had two good years. For me to establish myself again, it might not be here, it might be somewhere else. It’s nobody’s fault, it’s just the way it is. “
The Phillies are not optimistic about him. It’s almost obvious Eaton doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia, and is looking for a new start with another team. In 2 years, Eaton had a 6.10 ERA with the Phillies. He was sent down to the minor leagues last year and struggled there. Chances are Eaton will be moved by the end of spring. A flyball pitcher in a hitter’s park, he was never a good fit in Philadelphia.