The Phillies have been silent at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, we’ve heard all about the big name free agents getting picked up by various teams, but so far it’s been hardly anything announced from the team.
It’s almost like owner John Middleton, who seems to be calling the shots these days, has taken away the checkbook, the one that Ruben Amaro Jr. used to have free rein to use just 5 years ago.
There was an announcement that the Phillies were ‘awash with cash’ after the big TV signing that took place that was announced in 2014. The Phillies supposedly agreed to a TV contract for 25 years with Comcast Sportsnet for a value of over $2.5B dollars, at the time, team partnership owner David Montgomery said that the Phillies should remain in the top 5 in payroll teams for the near future as they have been for the last few years.
This year though is certainly a departure from that, the Phils have taken that payroll figure and reduced it sharply in 2016, and points to them possibly staying that way into the offseason next year, where even more salary is due to come off the books if the Phillies continue to sign players that are making 1-2 million dollar contracts.
Simply put, the Phillies have taken this team and though they have plenty of money to spend, made it seem like the opposite is true.
Everything else being equal though, the ticket prices, and various other things will rise as they seem to do every year in baseball. The wizardry of online pricing has seen to take hold in baseball with something called ‘dynamic pricing’, the team can charge more per seat for certain teams that the Phillies play at home. A seat may be $10 or more expensive just because of the opponent.
The Phils will be fielding a team that more or less is very similar to last year’s team. Pitching may be an improvement as there has been an attempt to improve it in the offseason but no great changes may mean that we’re seeing a next to last place team in ’16 as well.