The Phillies released beleaguered pitcher Adam Eaton Friday -- a decision most phaithful phans wish they did a long time ago.
The Phillies will eat millions to get rid of Eaton.
The team still owes Eaton $8.5 million for this season even though he will never throw a pitch for the Phillies. (Don't you love those guaranteed baseball contracts?)
The Phillies probably won't miss Eaton, who wasn't even mentioned in the competition for the fifth starter spot.
The loss of Eaton hardly will be noticed unless another Phillies pitcher puts up a plus-six ERA.
He went 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA while allowing opponents to bat .305 in 51 games for the Phightin Phils. Not quite the production that the team hoped for after signing him to a three-year, $24.5 million contract before the 2007 season.
He was demoted to the minors last July only to go 0-5 with a 7.02 ERA in seven starts.
The move allows Eaton to catch on with another team -- if any team is desperate enough to take the chance.