The Phillies have signed catchers Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino to split contracts.

Phillies.com has just announced that the Phillies have just signed catchers Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino to split contracts for the present season.

If either man makes the main team, Coste would receive $460,000, while Paulino would get $420,000. If either man is sent down to the minors, they would instead receive $249,000 and $201,330 respectively. This leaves only catcher Carlos Ruiz and lefthander Mike Zagurski, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery on his elbow as the only men on the Phils 40-men roster who are presently unsigned.

With this move, the Phils could increase their payroll up to $132.5 million for Opening Day, including the $3 million still owed Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox, J.C. Romero, as he will be serving his 50-game suspension and Adam Eaton, whom the Phils will surely drop before spring training is over.

Not too bad. Hopefully the Phillies can leave Clearwater in late March with all of their players happy and well paid.

4 Comments

How do you fill about the team this year? Repeat?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

From what I’d been reading on Phillies.com, the players themselves think they can repeat. Me, with the fact that both Ryan and Brett came to camp trimmer and Brett appear to have gotten past whatever was messing with his head early last year, I do believe that they can repeat. They just need to show it.

Egads! I didn’t realize we were still paying Jim Thome! Is this hopefully the last year for that?
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I do believe that this is the last year of Jim’s old contract with the Phils, so this should be the last of the money that the Phils owe him.

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