Eagles vs. money
We know the Eagles have to spend at least some money this year. They can use up some of that $40 million cap space by signing guys like [Stewart] Bradley or [Brodrick] Bunkley to extensions, but they've been pretty reluctant to do any of those kinds of deals until the CBA mess gets sorted out.
They might throw Donovan [McNabb] a bone, too, and they do have two first-round picks. But still, they're going to have to soak up some space with at least a few new guys.
They will try to fill holes if they have them. The Eagles' off-season philosophy seems pretty set by this point. You draft guys for talent and fit - but not need. If you have needs, patch 'em up in free agency. Worst-case scenario, at least you throw people off the scent for what you're thinking in the draft.
Nice digs, Dude
Those of you who have been waiting to see if the housing market crisis would drop the price on Lenny Dykstra's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home will be happy to know that his asking price has fallen from $24.95 million to $16.5 million.
The former Phillies CF purchased the house from Wayne Gretzky in 2007 for $18.5 million.
No word on whether the carpets have dip stains. All we know is, when the Dude moved out of the Vet, his marks remained. If you don't think the time is right to buy or you have a good ol' fashioned American male fear of commitment, you can rent it for $55k a month.
Phils on TV
The Phillies are the new kings of all media it seems. The Phillies will be on television seven times during spring training, with games carried on CSN, MYPHL17 and the MLB Network.
MYPHL17 replaced CW Philly as a broadcast partner and will air 43 games this season. Including radio and live streaming feed on MLB.com, each of the spring training games will be covered.
In other media-related news, the Phillies' bullpen will be the subject of a new six-episode reality series on MLB Network. In the first episode, the bullpen must create a dessert using organic ingredients. Wait, I'm confusing my reality shows.
Sit down, Chase
Down in Clearwater, you wonder if team physician Michael Ciccotti has the guts to give Chase Utley the kind of advice he needs to hear most: "Don't be a hero." Because the top story so far this spring has been Utley's remarkable progress on his surgically repaired hip.
He's reportedly taking fielding practice and hitting off a tee. There's even been some discussion that he could appear in a few Grapefruit League games. Really? This couldn't be the same guy who was supposed to be sidelined for a full six months, an original timetable that would have set him back until late May/early June.
In the grand scheme of things, meaning, $11 million in 2009, $15 million in 2010, $15 million in 2011, $15 million in 2012, and $15 million in 2013, is April 5 that important? Frankly, is April that important? Or May? In Utley's world, that's two months of balls-to-the-wall play, at least one home plate collision, and about nine HBP. Utley represents their greatest long-term investment. And if the economy was functioning in a predictable, normal manner, I'd be able to complete my train of thought with a logical metaphor about long-term investments.