The season just ended, but the Phillies kicked off the offseason with their first move.
- The Phillies picked up Cliff Lee’s $9 million option for the 2010 season.
No surprise here. There is still a possibility that Lee will be signed to a long term deal. The Phillies have not made a decision about Pedro Feliz’s $5 million option for next season.
- There will be no coaching changes. Rich Dubee, Milt Thompson, Davy Lopes, Sam Perlozzo and Pete Mackanin will all stay on Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff.
Again, no surprise here. This staff has done a phenomenal job.
- Raul Ibanez (groin), Brad Lidge (elbow) and Scott Eyre (elbow) will each visit team doctors today or tomorrow.
Eyre is undecided if he will play next year, but will definitely need surgery to remove a loose body from his elbow. Lidge will be getting checked to see if he has the same injury. Ibanez will have an MRI on his groin, but he may also need surgery for a tear in his abdomen.
- Todd Zolecki reports (via Twitter) that Phillies contacted Chan Ho Park’s agent about returning next season.
Park was terrific out of the bullpen. But does he still have his eyes on starting?