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Wagner's Exit Makes Finances More Flexible

Tom Gordon

While the Florida Marlins are having a much more publicized fire sale, the Phillies have cut some big bucks of their own. The difference is that in Florida, the Marlins are keeping the costs low, while the Phillies figure to take advantage of their newfound financial flexibility.

First things first. Isn't it ironic that the first two moves of the off-season erase what were perhaps the biggest free agent signing and the biggest trade of Ed Wade's tenure in Philadelphia? In less than a week, Jim Thome and Billy Wagner are in other cities. Perhaps the most interesting part of it all is that the fans are, for the most part, loving it. A year ago, if you would have said...

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