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The Phillies have released pitcher Adam Eaton, who they owe $9 million in salary.
Eaton was 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA and a .310 opponents' batting average in 21 appearances last season.
"Based on where we are with our pitching staff and the fact that we feel comfortable with our depth, we wanted to give Adam every opportunity to pitch with another club, rather than wait until later in the spring when it gets more difficult," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said.
Greg Dobbs has earned a reputation as one of baseball's best pinch-hitters over the last two seasons in Philadelphia.
Dobbs, who signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract in January, wants to be a starter in either left field or at third base.
However, indications are that the Phillies will keep him on the bench for the time-being.
"He'll get anywhere from 200 to 300 at-bats (per season). If he gets more, that's fine because he's a good hitter and a tremendous pinch-hitter. That's kind of like where he's at. I think I know what Dobbs can do," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Dobbs wants to see just how good he is.
"It would be great because you could finally see what you're made of," Dobbs said. "If you never get tested, you don't know what you're capable of doing.
"And you can't tell anything unless you've got a track record. It's tough to make decisions based on three or four starts, or eight or 10 at-bats."
Carlos Carrasco is in the thick of the race to become the fifth starter for the defending-champion Phillies.
"I want to stay here and try to be the fifth starter," Carrasco said. "I think I have a good shot."
Carrasco had an up-and-down stint at double-A Reading last season, recording a 4.32 ERA in 114 2/3 innings.
He's competing with Chan Ho Park, Kyle Kendrick, and J.A. Happ for the position.
The Phillies may be the defending World Series Champions, but shortstop Jimmy Rollins still believes that the team has something to prove this season.
"Definitely," Rollins said when asked if the team has something to prove. "The last couple years, the last five or six years, the World Series has been won by a different team any year. It's up for grabs every year. It'd be nice to go out there and stake your claim and hold on to it for awhile and be known as the champs, like the Yankees were in the '90s."
Legendary Philadelphia star Mike Schmidt believes that Alex Rodriguez is handling his steroid crisis well.
Schmidt went as far as to say that he'd still welcome Rodriguez in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Would I welcome him? Yeah, I will -- if he got elected to the Hall of Fame," Schmidt said Wednesday.
"I'm a guy, I always seem to be walking right on top of, right down the middle of the fence," he said. "I can understand the old hard-line guys who use the words, 'He cheated, he cheated, he cheated.' And [I understand] the other guys that go, 'It was a culture thing back then, and if you played, you'd have been tempted, too.' "
He even admitted that he would have be tempted to use PEDs had he played during the "steroid era" himself.
"Most likely," Schmidt said. "Why not?"
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