We've come out on top of a lot of tight games because of the bullpen that we have.

You can hurt walking across the street and get hurt. We're not trying to discourage a player from anything. There are very specific items that are involved. [Flying a plane] is one of maybe 15 or 20 things.

We felt it was important to have a face-to-face meeting with them. We had an excellent dialogue regarding Billy's future with us as well as our desire to keep him in Philadelphia. We made a proposal, received feedback, understand we have ground to cover and plan to have further discussions.

Aaron had a very consistent year in 2005 and he has found his niche with us as a valuable piece of the bullpen mix.

He's a veteran bat off the bench. He's a guy who can drive the ball, get the ball out of the ball park. It's nice to be able to have a guy who's a professional hitter, a guy who's been around the league and understands that role. We think he's going to help us.

We'll probably have something in the very near future.

Tom Gordon hasn't been in [the closer] role because he pitched in front of Mariano Rivera for the past two seasons [in New York]. He solidified that bullpen for them. He's pitched in pressure situations before and can close again. I see at least 40 saves.

Brett had a solid year in 2005, and we are hopeful that he will step up even further in 2006.

David is fine. We're not too concerned.