“The Phillies will be awesome next year… They’ll also be one of the very oldest teams in baseball… They were the oldest team in baseball last year, and now they’re all a year older… Chase Utley missed 40-odd games with injuries. Ryan Howard suffered the lowest OPS of his career. Jimmy Rollins hasn’t been good since 2008… The cracks are starting to show. Probably not enough to slow them in 2011, but don’t go writing off 2012 for the Mets. Have you been watching baseball? Do you not realize how quickly things can go south for old players?”
For what it’s worth, the 33-year-old Roy Halladay will earn at least $20 million each of the next three years; Lee, 32, can be paid similarly through 2016; the 31-year-old Howard will get at least $20 million from now through 2016; and Utley, 31, will earn $15 million each year through 2013;
That said, the Phillies can clear roughly $60 million next season, by parting ways with Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez.