The good people at The Good Phight unearthed a little nugget of info from Howard Megdal, a writer at Sports On Earth. That information pertains to the Phillies inching closer to a new TV deal. Megdal says:
It’s been known for some time that the Philadelphia Phillies, on a below-market local television deal, could see their financial circumstances change dramatically once a new deal is signed.
According to a source with knowledge of the talks, the deal is expected to be completed within the next 30 days. That’s going to matter a great deal for how the team operates this winter.
Quite interesting, to say the least. If you want a more numbers-based look at what this could mean for the short and long term, the Good Phight has you covered.
Basically, it’s a a guessing game when it comes to how this new deal will affect payroll in the future. I find it to be highly unlikely the Phillies brass will become the Dodgers, spending close to one zillion dollars. And to be honest, there isn’t much in the way of highly-talent free agents, anyway. Even if they have the money to spend, does it make sense to overpay mediocre talent, which is what got the Phillies into the pickle they’re in in the first place.
I’d rather see them spend wisely, not just because they have the ability to do so.