Phils Sign Eaton; Lose Wolf, Dellucci

The Phillies haven't had the best of luck in pursuing free agents this off-season. On Monday, one of their own slipped away when Randy Wolf headed closer to signing with L.A. and David Dellucci went to Cleveland. As a trade-off, the Phillies signed former Phils' farmhand Adam Eaton.

The Phillies moved quickly to Plan B for their starting rotation when Plan A appeared headed to the Dodgers.

Randy Wolf, who the Phillies figured on re-signing to be the fifth man in their starting rotation, neared a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year deal. Wolf would get the deal along with a club option for 2007 at a lower dollar value than the Phillies had offered and for less years than the Phillies offered. So, why the deal with L.A.? The one thing that the Phillies couldn't overcome was Wolf's desire to pitch near his home in California.

To fill the void, the Phillies brought back Adam Eaton, who they drafted in 1996. Eaton never pitched for the Phillies and was traded to San Diego for Andy Ashby. From there, he went to Texas, where he pitched last season. Eaton threw a no-hitter as a member of the AA Reading Phillies while he was part of the Phillies' system.

The Phillies gave Eaton a three-year deal worth $24 million, which will become official once he passes a physical. He pitched just 65 innings last season because of a finger injury and he's struggled with injuries throughout his career. Those injuries have kept him from reaching the potential that he showed as a minor league pitcher.

Last season, the 29 year old Eaton was 7-4, 5.12 in 13 starts with the Rangers. In his career, Eaton is 54-45, 4.40 in parts of seven seasons.

The Phillies will also officially lose outfielder David Dellucci, who is signing a three-year, $11.5 million deal with Cleveland. The Phillies were never really in the bidding to bring the left-handed hitting Dellucci back to town. Dellucci played one season with the Phillies, hitting 13 homeruns in a limited role with the Phillies. Ironically, Dellucci will likely platoon in left field along with another former Phillie, Jason Michaels.

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