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Odds and Ends: Let it Snow

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, December 19, 2009 04:13 PM | Comments: 80
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Stuck inside the house here in the Philadelphia region because of the big snowstorm? Well, if your not outside making snowmen or eating yellow snow, consider these topics and talk amongst yourselves.

  • Jimmy Rollins contract situation:  Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote today that we should keep an eye on 2012.  J-Roll will certainly want an upgrade on the below-market-value five-year, $40 million deal he signed in ’06.  For ’12, the Phils have $43 million locked up in three players, so the money is available at this point, but how much will remain to be seen.  Is next year the end of the line for Rollins?  And do you believe Ruben Amaro is prepared for ’11 and ’12 and how this could shape the team for the next decade?
  • The Cliff Lee scenario has been hashed and rehashed thousands of times since the trade was finalized a few days ago.  But I still cant get past the fact of how crushed Lee was.  He genuinely believed that he would spend the rest of his career in red pinstripes, and was blindsided by the trade to Seattle.
  • With that said, I get why the trades were made.  Amaro was afraid he would not get Halladay if he waited too long, so the deal needed to be done asap.  On top of that, he realized that the team would not budge on the payroll to accommodate both Lee and Doc.  Knowing that, he had to trade Lee before the Halladay deal was made – taking less than he should have – so that the fans would not revolt  when realizing that Lee and Halladay were on the team together.  He just couldn’t trade Lee after Halladay was already a Phillie.  So that part I get.
  • On the other hand, I have to believe that they could have gotten some decent prospects in a Blanton deal and then taken draft picks in a year when Lee became a free agent.  Would that have been almost the same as the three prospects they received from Seattle?  I say yes, it could have been a similar haul in both scenarios.
  • The Phillies still need to look at some cheap options for the fifth starter, since currently, it’s down to Moyer and Kendrick.  Take your pick and tell us why: Duchscherer, Smoltz, Bedrard, Sheets or Mulder?

If your situated in the Northeast part of the country, enjoy the snow!

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  • Posts: 0 SirAlden

    ~ A bird in the hand, is worth two in a bush ~

    The Phillies need upper level low cost pitching to arrive in 2011
    (to replace Blanton) and possibly use Blanton’s current money
    to add to Werth’s current money to hang on to Werth.

    They also need, low cost pitching to arrive in 2012, when the Rollins,
    Victorino, and Howard ships are sailing.

    Draft Picks in the Summer of 2011 will not do that.

    We now have Mays, Cosart, Aumont, and Ramirez. If 1 or 2 make it,
    we are cooking with Gas. Gillies, and Gose might be replacements for
    Victorino.

    Lee would give us a Spectacular year in 2010, with a flameout in 2011
    and 2012.

    This gives us Solid 2010, and a shot at keeping it going in out years.

    Knowing that Looper and Gillick have deep connections to the Mariners Scouts, gives me a warm smile this snowy Holiday Season.

     
  • Posts: 0 thisisjohnny

    is halladay *really* an upgrade over lee? i don’t see it. and the price to get him seemed steep, which included packaging prospects that we didn’t want to give up to get him last year. why the overwhelming push to get halladay when lee was so damn good for us (and he’s a southpaw!)?

    i just don’t see why.

    of all potential cheap 5th starters, smoltz is the best pickup if you ask me. if lidge gets all funky again and starts blowing saves left and right — you can always slide smoltz into that closer role and use someone like kendrick as a spot starter until things get situated again.

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    we have the pitching dont worry and i would bet good money rollins retires in a phillies jersey. trevor may will burst onto the scene this year and swoop in for the 5th starter spot in 2011

     
  • Posts: 0 David

    While I don’t like the fact that we traded Lee so quickly and got so little, there’s no guarantee the 2 draft picks we would have received would have been better than what we got (Aumont was a 1st-round pick). Plus, these 3 guys have already had minor league seasons under their belts, if we were to wait until the 2011 draft, that’s 2 1/2 to 3 extra years of development time these prospects will have already had professionally.

    I don’t like the haul we got for Lee per se, but I think in terms of prospects and development of the farm, trading Lee would have been the right move. I think we could have waited for a team like the Rangers, the Angels, or even the Cubs amongst a whole host of other teams and waited for them to get desperate and surrender a huge amount for Lee. You have to think this would have turned into some kind of bidding war between 10 or 12 teams for Lee’s services and Amaro could have just waited and took the package he thought was best. That’s the approach I didn’t agree with.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I disagree with most people. I study our farm system, along with some of the other top prospects in other systems for fun. I especially am going to look into the prospects we got for Lee to see what their potential is and I must say that I absolutely LOVE the haul we got for Lee. Aumont could be better than Drabek if he ends up a starter, but he’ll probably end up a reliever, and if he ends up a reliever I’d imagine it would be as an elite closer. He has ELECTRIC stuff. A 95+ mph fastball with room for improvement and an absolutely filthy curve with room for improvement. His change up is mediocre, but that too has room for improvement, and I’m sure King Cole and Madson can help him with that pitch considering they have two of the best change ups in all of baseball. Aumont has top of the rotation stuff and is projected to be a top of the rotation pitcher. He also has a huge frame. He had elbow issues, but from everything I’ve read about him it points to being a minor issue. Regardless, a top of the rotation starter or a closer…neither is a bad thing to get out of him. Drabek broke down in August last year because he couldn’t handle the innings, and I honestly think that Amaro sold high on him. Drabek has nasty stuff, but he too may not make it as a starter because of his violent delivery. Honestly, I think both Aumont and Drabek are a wash, and I think Benny Looper, Pat Gillick, and RAJ knew what they were doing when they got Aumont and let go of Drabek.

    Gillies is definitely going to be our CFer when Victorino walks away. He had a monster year in high-A ball for the M’s, and once he gets into our system that focuses a lot on hitting I expect him to develop more pop in his bat. His mechanics are unfortunately hold him back from having HR power, but he has a lot of gap power, and I’m sure his swing will get tweaked with in our system, especially by Manuel who is an excellent hitting coach. He also has great patience and a great eye. Furthermore, the kid plays excellent defense and has excellent speed. I think he gets under looked because he just started breaking out last year, and people were worried he wouldn’t over come his deafness handicap. They’re projecting him to be Juan Pierre with patience, and guess what, that is a REALLY good player. Juan Pierre is a pretty good player, and his biggest downfall is his lack of patience. If Gillies is Pierre with patience then that is going to be one hell of a player in our system.

    The other kid has a high ceiling, but I don’t expect much out of him. If he reaches his ceiling then he too has top of the rotation stuff.

    The way I see this is that we gave up Marson, Donald, Carrasco, and Knapp for a half a year of Lee, a few years of Francisco(who is a very good 4th OF option), and Aumont, Gillies, and Ramirez. When you compare Aumont, Gillies, and Francisco to Marson, Donald, Carrasco, and Knapp then I think it is easy to see that the package we received is better than the package we gave up, especially considering we got that 1/2 year of Lee, which would not have taken us to the WS. Let’s compare what we gave up.

    Marson- High BA, lots of patience, 0 power…even less than Gillies, along with terrible defense behind the plate. Because he’s a catcher with absolutely no power there is no room to move him to another position. Nobody wants a 1B with no pop, thus making Marson garbage. It’s really a shame because his discipline and the ability to drive the ball is great, but he just has no power. If he shaped up to actually be good defensively then that’s a Jason Kendall type player, which is not a bad thing what-so-ever. Unfortunately, he probably won’t develop any defense or pop thus making him nothing more than a back up catcher and a GREAT pinch hitter.

    Donald- I see him being a utility player, maybe a super utility player late in his career like DeRosa, and that is a big maybe. I think he’ll be Eric Bruntlett with better offensive skills and much worse defensive skills. If Donald was able to stay at SS and be a serviceable defensive SS then he might have had a fine career in the majors, but the fact is that he isn’t a fine defensive SS or even a fine defensive 2B. He has terrible range, and his arm isn’t too great to boot. He doesn’t have the pop in his bat to move to a corner OF spot and he doesn’t have the speed to play CF. He might shock me, but I doubt it.

    Carrasco- Let’s face it, this guy has all of the potential in the world, but he can’t bring it together. I think he’s a head case and will be lucky to keep a 5th starting spot on any team. Sucks because his stuff really is electric. He’s still young, so he might get it together, but I doubt it, and even if he does, he’s still not as “electric” as Aumont.

    Knapp- This kid was really hard to let go, like really hard. I see him as equal value of Aumont, but just like Aumont, not sure if he can last a full season to be a starter. Regardless, future top of the rotation starter or closer for a team, assuming his arm doesn’t fall off.

    When you compare the value it goes like this.

    Aumont=Knapp
    Gillies>Donald
    Ramirez=Carrasco(considering they have similar stuff and a similar ceiling, but neither will probably bring it together)
    Francisco>Marson

    Francisco is a major league player, and in fact he could start on some teams. His bat is about average for a major leaguer and his defense is about average. Couple in the fact that we got 3 months of Lee and another NL title because of it then it is pretty simple here…the Lee trade worked. If anything you should all be upset about the Halladay trade because that is where we lost the talent, but then again let’s go over that.

    Taylor- Potential superstar in the making, but he is older and blocked on our team. Let’s see what he does on the A’s this year because I know he’ll be their starting right or left fielder.

    Drabek- Another potential top of the rotation pitcher. I see his ceiling being a #2 or a pretty good closer. He throws in the low-mid 90′s and has a great spiking curveball and above average change up, but he has a lot of arm issues, and he’s supposedly a total d0uchebag in the club house.

    D’Arnaud- Probably going to be an all-star catcher, or one of those guys that puts up all-star numbers but doesn’t make the all-star team because there are tons of good catchers in baseball right now. D’Arnaud had very good power for a catcher, good discipline, and INCREDIBLE defense. His batting average/on base skills will come with more playing time. Unfortunately, in the world of catcher, he is going to be great, but not great compared to other catchers that he will be facing in baseball for years to come ie Montero, Posey, Wieters, Mauer, McCann, etc. Having said that, he was a throw in to get $6 million back from the Halladay deal so we could land some bullpen help.

    Having said that huge mouthful, I’ll have to come out and talk about some other farm guys to look out for. Unfortunately, our infield prospects are completely abysmal. I’m kind of expecting the Phillies to replenish our farm by trading Howard next year. That could be a guess, but who knows, I think it will really depend on whether or not we sign Werth. If we trade Howard I wouldn’t trade him for any less than a very good 1B or 3B prospect. There are plenty of teams that would probably go after him. Personally I’d send him to the Yankees for Montero and some change. Montero will be a 1B because he isn’t going to be able to catch. Also, Montero very well might be ready to come up by 2012. Middle infield I’m not too concerned with yet, because I personally think the Phillies are going to have Utley and Rollins in red pinstripes until they’re ready to retire, and I think both will play into their late 30′s. They will both provide above average defense for years to come, and Utley should provide an above average bat. Rollins will also be going for some good milestones too.

    As far as good pitching prospects we have Trevor May, Andrew Carpenter, and Drew Naylor. I can’t keep going because friends just got here, but I’m just letting you all know to not worry about the Phillies, their future is fine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    I liked how Livan Hernandez pitched against us,when he was with the
    Nationals. He was tough,he’s a innings eater.He may be a low cost
    high performance player?
    The bullpen, Ron Villone can be that type also.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jonathan

    For a fifth starter, I would go for either Smoltz or Duchscherer only if the price for either is reasonable. Sheetz is asking for $10 a year (out of the price range), Bedard has apparently a horrible work ethic (not the Philly attitude that makes us win), and I haven’t heard enough about Mulder recently to judge him. The rotation is not in dire need of a fifth starter, especially not now. If we look at 2008, our opening day starting rotation was Myers, Hamels, Kendrick, Moyer and Eaton. We improved throughout the year–slightly–and we know what happened after that. Put faith in the guys we have. They are all good major league pitchers. Smoltz and Duchscherer can throw out of the ‘pen, so if we were to sign a starter for simply depth, might as well sign a guy that can pitch elsewhere when you don’t need him in the rotation.

     
  • Posts: 0 The second John

    Thisisjohny, yes it is a huge upgrade from cliff lee to roy halladay. That’s becasue we traded 1 year of cliff lee for 4, or 5 years of roy. To me that’s a huge upgrade

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    In tomorrow’s Inquirer (which I read today) Martino points out how Benny Looper (who worked for the M’s before here) and Gillick really knew about the prospects that we traded for. In light of that, I’ll give them the benefit. The Gillies kid is supposed to be super fast. I mean Michael Bourn fast. Ramirez is supposed to have great stuff, but he’s young and Wheels would call him a “space cadet”. As much as I loved Cliff, if he was so bent outta shape, he could have told the Phils that he’d sign for 3yr 60m. He should be pissed at his agent. I mean, how galling is it that we have to pay Moyer 6.5m (if I’m right) next year? Enough time has past that we have digested this deal every which way from Sunday and I believe in one unmistakeable conclusion. While having Halladay is great, you had to find a way to keep Lee for next year. Prospects be damned.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Jon the Third

    I would like Duch or Sheets if they are both low price high reward. Smoltz I see as a reliever (another interesting topic).

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Kep in mind Halladay can pitch on 3 days rest and do it effectively. Lee cannot.

    I just wish instead of Ramirez the Phils could’ve pulled in one of Seattle’s young major league relievers or the ss. I like Aumont and Gillies. of course getting Ramirez out of that park mighthelp his confidence.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    One of the previous articles correctly pointed out the $$$ in 2011. There’s no way the Phils could pay Halladay and Lee $20 million each without dumping several players.

    There’s 112 million for 12 players.(does not include Werth, Blanton, Romero or Vic).
    Add 20 mil for Lee and you’re up to 132.

    How the heck can you pay 12 players for 12 million. 1 starter, 6 relievers and 2 OF. The Budget dicates that the Phils can’t afford both.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Joe – you would have to shed some salary. For example, in 2011, we could have Dominic Brown in the OF and Shane will be gone. Ibanez would be gone in 2012. Hello Tyson Gillies or Anthony Gose. Also, the payroll would not have stayed at 140m. Howard will be gone also. To tell ya the truth, Howard, Vic, Ibanez, Lidge, will all be gone by the start of the ’12 season. Thats a lotta salary cleared out. You could have asked Lee to take a little less money in ’11 and then increase it and you woulda been fine. Don’t be surprised to see a lineup looking Something like this in ’12.

    Gose
    Rollins
    Utley
    Werth
    Brown
    1B
    Polanco
    Ruiz

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    The Phillies boxed themselves in by not grabbing Doc/Lee in July. That would’ve been a brilliant move. And I’m sure Amaro said go for it, but the brass said no way. But the Phils overall would’ve made out tons better if they did that. In that situation, the Phils give up basically the same number of props, but they also win the WS last year. They also win the WS in 2010 in all likely hood. If that happens the Phils could of actually not signed both saving the team a ton of money while getting the draft picks to either sign or use for leverage in trades. And you would not of heard a peep out of me for 6-7 yrs.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Can we push that time schedule up 6-7 years?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 shawn qwarts

    I think we should look at Smoltz for one year and/or Duchsherer. Both can start and relieve. But are they willing to come to town expecting either. Frankly, I hope Kendrick shows enough improvement to start and improve in that role. He is a tough kid and deserves a break. But I simply do not know if he has the stuff (pitches). Sheets is too expensive, Bedard is a real cry baby and Mulder has has too many serious injuries.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    From John Sickels author of The Baseball Prospect Book: “The Halladay/Lee trade is a strong blow; losing Drabek, Taylor, and D’Arnaud rips the guts out of the system. Getting Aumont, Gillies, and Ramirez in return helps some but none of them are as good as the three they lost.”

    This is the last time I bring it up, I swear. Keeping Lee and non-tendering Blanton instead of dumping Lee for middling prospects was the way to go. The Phillies traded 3 prospects for Halladay and got back 3 inferior prospects for Lee. They didn’t recoup much value. I like the Halladay trade, but I HATE the Lee dump.

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    The props they got for Lee are marginal at best no matter how people try to spin it like a politician. Ask the M’s how great these props are. It’s almost as if Pat Gilick said hey, “I’ve already won 2 WS in Toronto and one in Philly. My only swing and miss is Seattle. Hey guys, I got this great idea……. I mean you’re not going to increase your payroll anyway so.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    I love you too Dipsy Doodle…..

     
  • [...] Pat Gallen of PhilliesNation.com breaks down the recent moves by the team and what may lie [...]

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    If you would have non tendered Blanton and made the Halladay trade then you would have got NO prospects back. That would have been devastating. You just can’t tell me that you couldn’t trade Blanton for ONE good prospect and a middling prospect. I’m sure we did not explore that option very deeply. I have said before that you could have kept Lee, gone into spring training with Blanton at 7m and traded Blanton then, when invariably pitchers start getting hurt and teams get desperate. I would even go as far to say that you may have gotten almost as much for Blanton on March 20 than Lee this week. Teams just don’t feel urgency in December.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Hey here is a really posivive thought …..think of this…..And be psyched.
    WHEN was the last time we started the season with the best, or even top 5 starter IN THE MAJORS on our roster?
    Was Schilling a top 5?…Maybe….Anybody else?
    Maybe you have to go back to Steve Carlton.He was definitely a #1.

    But Halladay is a #1,and we have him.Just think of watching this guy every 4-5 days.I think this city is going to go bonkers once they realize how lucky we are.

    Halladay for president!

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Dipsy, that line up isn’t near as fearsome as what the Phils have now. Of course with Lee, Halladay, Hamels and Happ who cares. LOL.

    Anyone else think the Phils could’ve received prospects similar to the one they received with a Blanton/Victorino package? Heck, if Polanco is the #2 hitter and Victorino is gonzo after next year why not?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I should add that Fransisco or Gloud in the 7 hole isn’t a huge downgrade, is it?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Well Joe, you don’t know who the 1B would have been in that lineup and you would have a pretty sick staff. It would just be a matter of allocating more salary to pitching. And a Blanton Vic package would have been a good one to explore but we will never what it could bring beacuse Amaro got happy feet and apparently had to have these prospects pronto.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Anyone have a quality prospect ranking from after the season for all the majors?

    One thing the Phils didn’t do that the Blue Jays did is insist on at least one major league read prospect like Taylor. Someone that would help this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Dipsy,

    I agree that it all happened too fast.

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    Or perhaps some actual current MLB players. Talk about a “Forrest Gump” moment. MLB fans laughed at Clvnd for what they got back in the Lee deal. And then the Phils turn around and return the favor? Why not get Carlos Silva(I admitt I don’t know his salary so I could be way off)) or maybe a rp or a rh bench bat(not “crazy joe” bradely). But something. Your trade Lee after the post season he had for irregular reject items….

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Silva is owed 11.5 in 2010 and 11.5 in 2012. Too much $$$. I like Morrow and Aardsma.

     
  • Posts: 0 shawn qwartz

    Phil — I enjoyed your post and appreciate the analytics. It is always great to read optimistic and knowledgeable stuff about the Phils. Thanks

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    Thanks psujoe. The dismay I feel about this move won’t allow me spend time doing research on everything I write. As far as the last poster goes, what’s wrong with a little reality to go long with the optimism? No one’s saying that we no longer will root or cheer for the Phillies. The Phils blew a chance for greatness the likes this City let alone this franchise has ever seen. Are we wrong for calling out the Front Office on that?

     
  • Posts: 0 hamels' left hand

    I think calling out the “front office” is the wrong approach unless your definition of said term includes the five that own the club.

    The money thing is an ownership thing and I don’t think there’s anything more to it.

    Rube, Proefrock, Looper et al. are the “front office” to me….I’m sure each of them would prefer the obvious- a Roy/Lee twosome at the top of the Phils’ rotation…

    A budget for an ownership group, however, is a budget.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan S

    I like Duscherer or Smoltz both can be start or be in the pen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Buster Heyman

    I’m amazed that the Phils haven’t signed up Bedard already. For the past two seasons, they wanted to snag him from Seattle, despite his injuries. I think he’s a good arm but he’s injured all the time. I say we take a flier on Chien-Ming Wang myself. Smoltz is definately a reliever by this point Did he even get past the 6th inning last season? I’d be all about inking him at the right price, because I think he’ll prove valuable as a mentor to the younger pen arms that will probably be up.

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma delta shag

    I can not believe that any of you thought Lee and Doc would both be here next year. And if you really think the prospect we got for Lee are really bad, what do you think we would havre gotten for Blanton. I also think that they will be able to pay Ryan for another contract as long as they keep winning cause winning makes players want to keep playing together.
    I have a fairy tale to tell you
    It was all just a big smoke screen Lee is going to sign with the Phillies after next year, he was in on it and just making it look good. Yup he is going to sign for 25 million a year, and the Phillies are going to sign Howard to an extension for 6 years 120 million a year. Wreth get an extension for about 15 million a year, Brown will come up and rank in the big leagues when Raul is gone, and Gose comes up and is an All Star center fielder.
    Then when you drive to the the Bank for a game you pull up to the parking lot and the guy ask for his $65 to park. Getting into the park to sit in section 417 two seats for $125 a piece with EAT AT JOE’S printed on the back of the Phillies helmets.
    Sounds like fun to me.
    And you know what I will take a competitive team in 2013 and beyond then one more championship(which was not gaurantee even with Lee and Doc on the same team) in the next 25 years.
    So can we let these prospects play a few games in Reading or on the Iron Pigs before we say they are worthless

     
  • Posts: 0 Buster Heyman

    I don’t think the prospects are worthless either beta. I mean there’s video of Aumont striking out big leaugers in the WBC. Tyson Gilles I believe has the same projected “ceiling” as Taylor. And J.C. Ramirez, apparantly has decent stuff though I checked his numbers and am a bit skeptical of that. So yeah, I don’t get why everyone is jumping on them saying they suck. To me they are no less valuable than what we traded for Halladay. We definately needed to reload on prospects though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Front Office Clowns!

    No one said props are worthless. But props ,and so-so props at that, over going back-to-back and maybe winning 3 WS titles in a row?? This core deserves it’s place in elite baseball history. So let’s wait for these props to be ready for the bigs, but not until Werth, Vic, Howard are gone??? Wake up. The Phils f*cked up big time. But is that really a surprise with this franchis? Stop letting the ’08 season cloud your brains. And for the last time, Seattle has been saying something to the effect of “Boy, I can’t belv we got Lee and we didn’t even have to give up our top guys.”

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    One thing seems certain: Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and every single prospect involved in these trades will ALL be retired before people even think about shutting up about it. No, I take that back. They’ll all be DEAD.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    These are two separate deals, you can’t just straight-up compare the prospects sent to Toronto vs the ones received from Seattle.

    We traded three potential all-stars for Halladay and insiders like Buster Olney consider Toronto didn’t get a great deal. The second deal trading Lee is not as bad as is made out, it’s probably a better deal than the twins got for Santana who was a far superior pitcher to Lee at the time of the trade. Every time you hear an experienced baseball voice talk about trading impeding free agents they say how difficult the trades are to get anywhere near value for a guy who’s walking irregardless of the compensation picks. We see these draft picks as potential Tim Lincecum’s or Evan Longoria’s when the internal baseball people seem to view these draft picks with great skepticism be it the signing bonus or possibility of one of those draft picks being bumped down a couple of rounds. Remember we know about guys like Aumont past their stats and a few google searches whereas the Phils will have had information on these guys even before a deal with Seattle was discussed.

    The front office clearly likes the prospects enough to not want to risk having Lee’s value decreasing as he sat on the market. The Lee deal is clearly not a great one but compared to other guys being traded in the winter it’s not as terrible a deal as is being made out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Just Crushed

    Amaro sold the fans out to sooth his own ego. Check back in two years and see where this team is. We now have one star pitcher and a depleted system. My 12 year old could have done a better deal than this.

    Remember the Jaime Moyer deal….it cost us. Amaro is an amateur!

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    JUST CRUSHED CANT BLAME RUBEN. HE WAS TOLD TO SHED SALARY. its the owners, can y imagine if ed snyder was told we could have a top rotation and be the favorites to win the world series for 9 million more over budgect. or yankess, boston, angels, cubs, rangers., would they turn it down for the city and the phans who have been so loyal to them. jerry jones, snider in wash, any of them would say do it

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    When i die i want them to write phillies owners are cheap bastards

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    To get back to and win the world series again the Phillies need better situational hitting. Except for Cole getting tagged the pitching was good enough to beat the Yankees and not have to throw Pedro out sick, the difference was the Yankees sporadic hitting ended up in gamebreaking runs and the Phillies bats situation hitting was pretty pathetic.

    As good as the Phillies are they need better team play, that comes from working harder on the fundamentals in the off-season and ST not focusing on the wallet.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt M

    mike mike-Yeah Ed Snider has done a GREAT job running the Sixers and Flyers. Also, nice to see you’re calling a team with a $140 million payroll cheap. This is what happens when fans who just started following this team in 2007 start running their mouths, becuase no way anyone who had to suffer through Rico Brogna, Desi Relaford, Chad Ogea, Wayne Gomes, and any of the other horrible players to play here in the last 20 years would be calling them cheap when they have one of the top-7 payrolls in baseball.

    Also, what if the Phillies kept Cliff Lee and he resembled the pitcher who had an ERA of 6.13, 1.53 WHIP and an OPS against of .856 in his last 7 starts and they couldn’t trade him?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I don’t know if the move would be better, but I’m pretty sure the Phils could’ve gotten similar propsects for Victorino and Blanton combo. Blanton+ Victorino=about 12-12.5 milion.
    Which would be better?

    Halladay
    Lee
    Hamels
    Happ
    5th starter

    ss Rollins
    3b Polanco
    2b Utley
    1b Howard
    cf Werth
    lf Ibanez
    rf Francisco or Gloud
    c Ruiz
    p
    and an extra 3.5 million for a reliever or 5th starter
    a 1st round pick and a supplemental pick for Lee

    or

    Halladay
    Blanton
    Hamels
    Happ
    5th starter

    ss Rollins
    2b Polanco
    2b Utley
    1b Howard
    rf Werh
    lf Ibanez
    cf Victorino
    c Ruiz
    P
    2 supplemental picks in 2011 for Victorino and Blanton

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    the Lee picks would be in 2011.

     
  • Posts: 0 The second John

    If the Phillies had traded for roy halladay, and kept Lee, then their farm would’ve been totally guttered. Trading Lee was the only way to make sure that we would still have a top 10 farm, and have an ace for 3 or 4 years.

     
  • Posts: 0 The second John

    Also, the extra 9 million added to the Phillies payroll would have left us with no money to go out a get a bullpen arm, and/or a guy to compete for the fifth starter spot

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    So they gave away a Cy Young award- winning ace so they could afford a guy to compete for the 5th starter and a random bullpen arm and that we’d rank in the top 10 farm systems.? Yeah, that makes sense when you’re trying to win a World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 The second John

    The last time I checked a top 10 farm system, and a good bullpen is important. The bullpen was our main weakness last year. Cliff Lee and Roy aren’t going to go 9 innings every time out.

    They also did this so they will have an ace for 4, or 5 more years.

     
 
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