All sorts of players are entering contract years, and it’s become a popular Spring Training topic. Pat Burrell mentioned over a month ago that he’d love to re-sign with the Phillies. Todd Zolecki chronicles Burrell’s trials and tribulations over nine years playing for the Phils. He’s set to earn $14MM this year, finishing up the extension Ed Wade engineered.
Other major power threats in Burrell’s free agent class: Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, and perhaps Manny Ramirez. Dunn, by the way, hasn’t had any extension talks with the Reds.