Phillies, Moyer haggling over money

December, 8, 2008
The Phillies' difficulties in re-signing Jamie Moyer have reached the stage in which Moyer has re-enlisted his former agent, Jim Bronner, to begin calling other clubs to see how much interest they would have in the 46-year-old left-hander. Sources indicate that while there continues to be mutual interest in having Moyer remain a Phillie, the two sides continue to haggle, purely over dollars.

Two years ago, Moyer took a below-market, two-year, $9.5 million deal to remain with the Phillies, with a low, $3.5 million guarantee in the second year. But after leading the World Series champs in wins, he's looking for a significant raise. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told the difficult negotiations have been "a little disappointing."

"We'd like to bring him back," Amaro said. "Hopefully, we can still have a meeting of the minds."

• The Rays are telling clubs that ask about their shortstop, Jason Bartlett, that they're only willing to trade him in a "major deal." Would Jeremy Hermida be "major" enough? Stay tuned.

Another Rays note: Yes, they kicked Delmon Young's name around when the Twins approached them to express interest. But according to one source who talked to the Rays' brass, they would "never" take Young back.

Jayson Stark | email

ESPN Senior Writer




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