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Matt Harrison

Bob Ford: Phillies' spending for prospects a steep price to correct mistakes

When the Phillies parted with Chase Utley on Wednesday night, gaining two midlevel prospects in the deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, they also agreed to part with a significant amount of money to reach that accord. Money might not buy happiness, but it has been necessary for the Phillies to spend a lot of it in the last year to purchase freedom from contracts that anchored them to the past and clogged the roster for the future. In trading away Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels, Ben Revere, and Utley since last December, the Phils put themselves on the hook for between $50 million and $60 million in the deals, the exact amount of which will be determined by how...