Phillies release Adam Eaton

February 27, 2009 10:44:47 AM PST
The Phillies released right-handed pitcher Adam Eaton on Friday.According to the Phillies' website, Eaton, who makes $8.5 million this season, plus $500,000 on a club option for 2010, was not a candidate to win the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation.

"Based on where we are with our pitching staff and the fact that we feel comfortable with our depth, we wanted to give Adam every opportunity to pitch with another club, rather than wait until later in the spring when it gets more difficult," Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.

Eaton, 31, was 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 games for the Phillies. He came to the team after signing a three-year, $24.5 million contract with the Phillies before the 2007.

Eaton's lifetime record is 68-63 with a 4.80 ERA . He's played 9 seasons with the Phillies, Padres and Rangers.