The most pressing financial issue the Phillies face is whether a lucrative contract for Cole Hamels can fit into the team's ever-expanding budget. Team president David Montgomery said the money is available. But can the sides agree on the proper length for a deal?
"I don't think it's difficult," Montgomery said. "We've let Cole know we're anxious to have him stay here. Cole enjoys it here. He's not only been a quality pitcher, but he involves himself in the community. It'll probably come down to what we think is an appropriate length and what they think. You try to minimize risk by not going longer than necessary. And a player is looking for as much security as he can get. It's an equation that takes time to hopefully get worked out."