Daily Debate: Phillies Search for a Righty Bat

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 20, 2011 08:37 PM | Comments: 16
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Today’s Daily Debate between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM takes a look at a couple of right-handed power bats the Phillies could look at before the trade deadline. Both are names you know and one is a name that might surprise you.

Listen in and let us know who you side with on the Daily Debate, which can be heard every day at 4:45 on 97.3 ESPN FM or 973espn.com.

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  • Posts: 1180 Manny

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    Re: Beltran. Highly doubt that the Mets would pick HALF his salary.

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      I think they would like to find someone who would take him without having to do that.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Skip the Willingham this guy doesnt hit for average. We need someone to hit for average on this team as well. Skip Skip Skip Skip please skip dont even suggest it…

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I vote for neither option, but you made a good case Pat.

    As previously mentioned, and I don’t want to belabor the point. I think if we keep our eyes and ears open, someone may fall through the cracks on the waiver wire after the trade deadline. Someone that would cost very little who may just need a change of scenery to perform better.

    It happens every year.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Platoon Raul Ibanez? I think Beltran for $4.5m would be great. And he would be great in LF.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Hey I’m just thinking outside the box a bit in any way I can. The Mets are likely looking to unload some salary and I’m sure they’d like to get whatever they can before Beltran walks. And I highly doubt there is a team who will bit on $9 million for half a season of Carlos Beltran.

    That’s a million less than Howard will make, prorated the rest of this season. BOOM!

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      But Ruben is “tapped out” remember :)

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    an if we sign beltran 3 years at the most we dont need another Raul…lol

  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    I’d take Beltran. I’d take Jeff Francoeur, I’d take Wilson Betemit, I’d take anyone above Michael Martinez in left field against left handers. We really are very weak against lefties and it will bite us hard in the ass. We are just starting to feel the nibbles.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    You are correct Tavian but they for some reason they think Martinez is worthy or a roster spot. Who knows maybe he will drive in the winning run in the playoffs in the ninth inning 2 outs down by two an man on second an third at Game 7. It doesnt look like they will part ways with him. I bet Ben Fran goes before Mini mart.

    • Posts: 0 John L

      Ben Fran SHOULD go before Mini-Mart. MM is a bench player that can be used 100 ways. BF sucks at everything. He can’t run. He can’t throw, and he’s a RH batter that hits lefties at a .172 clip. Yet Charlie continues to platoon Ben with D Brown who hit LH pitching at .316 for LHV before being called up in May. And don’t forget that gapper that would have won the series against the Nats if it weren’t for Nix making the diving catch of his life was off a lefty.
      Mayberry can be the RH power bat.

  • Posts: 0 Hoagie

    Would play John Mayberry Jr. over Ben Francisco.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Not a fan of Mayberry he is a good fielder i dont think he cant above .250 at MLB level. Possibly in future but dont see it.

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    I so badly want Mayberry to succeed. If he could just hit like .260, he’d be golden. He can hit for enough power. I’d love to see him play a full year, but on this team, they just can’t wait for a guy like that. If he were in KC, PIT, OAK they could let him play and blossom. Kind of a shame.

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      I completely agree that this is not the kind of team that can wait on a Mayberry.

      What puzzles me is how we can’t do that, but can wait on Martinez and Francisco. I get that they could lose Martinez which makes him a special case, and I guess I have to trust that they see something in him I can’t.

      Ben has had plenty of time/years to show he belongs. I was really hopeful he would come through big when finally given this opportunity. I’m not so sure any more.

      So since it appears we are going to wait on “some” guys but not others, I’d prefer it be Mayberry over those two. I don’t know, maybe he’s just a knucklehead and we have no way to know that.

  • Posts: 834 betasigmadeltashag

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    For all you stat heads out there what is the record of the PHillies against left handed pitchers this year? Howard and Utley have hit lefties better in the recent past. I am getting really tired of this NEED a RH bat thing. Are the PHillies playing .500 ball and in third place?
    This team is built around pitching, and have 4 proven playoff pitchers when you really only need three so there will be no short rest needed for playoff starts if they stay healthy. I would also like to see what Mayberry’s avg is when he comes off the bench because my limited memory seems like he had gotten a ton of PH this year. And what is he hitting against Lh pitchers. Martenez really brings nothing this team needs if Mayberry is on the bench, if the Nats want him back let them have him. I am pretty sure you can find an AA or AAA guy in our farm system that can hit .200 and play decent infield defense if something happens to Valdez. Because outside of being faster MM brings nothing Valdez can not do. Plus Wilson has gotten some clutch hits and I believe still leads the team in RISP Batting AVG. So get off this we need to trade for some one else. You do not trade Worley because the three starters we have now are getting up in age and you are going to need young starting arms in two or three years

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