Scott Mathieson has been released by the Phillies. Here is the statement made by the team:
The Phillies have released right-hander Scott Mathieson to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Asia, the club announced today.
Mathieson, 27, posted a 1-4 record with a 6.75 ERA in 15 major league games (8 starts) over three seasons with the Phillies (2006, 2010-11). A seventeenth round selection by the Phillies in the June 2002 draft, Mathieson went 32-37 with a 3.75 ERA and 34 saves in 200 games (96 starts) for his minor league career.
With the transaction, the Phillies now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.
We’ve become so accustomed to the Phillies shipping off their young players to obtain high-priced stars that this is sort of eye-opening.
But, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Phillies made a call to the Blue Jays to discuss ways they could bring back catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. As you recall, d’Arnuad was part of the package that made Roy Halladay a Phillie prior to the 2010 season. He’s highly rated, but he’s also blocked in Toronto by J.P. Arencibia.
The 22-year-old batted .311/.371/.542 with 21 homers and a .914 OPS over 466 plate appearances in Double-A this past year. There’s no doubt it would take a lot to get such a sound catching prospect, so it’s doubtful this happens. As Elliot says, “good luck.”
What does this say about the maturation of Sebastian Valle? He’s the top catching prospect in the Phillies farm system at this point and many look to him to take over for Carlos Ruiz in the next few seasons.
Either way, it would seemingly take quite a bounty for the Phillies to retrieve what was once theirs. Ruben Amaro Jr. must be sensing that a Ruiz breakdown is imminent, however unfortunate that is. It’s just the truth behind the plate.
I know this is relatively old news at this point, but in case you missed it, it’s pretty juicy. We normally wouldn’t link to Deadspin.com, but the tabloid website did an exposé of agent Dan Lozano, who represents Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins, among many others.
Deadspin calls him “King of Sleaze Mountain” because of his ridiculous antics as an agent. The 44-year old Lozano left one of the top sports agencies in the world, Beverly Hills Sports Council, to be on his own.
If you haven’t read the article, it’s quite eye-opening and some of the quotes and pictures are not suitable for work. But, it sheds some light on what being an agent is like for some – booze, girls, drugs, and of course, money. Once J-Roll gets paid, and Pujols as well, Lozano is going to make some serious bank himself.
This is also old news, but something stood out to me today about the MVP/Cy Young voting. In Jon Heyman’s SI.com article, he notes that he put Roy Halladay seventh in his MVP voting, yet left Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw completely out of the Top 10. I’m not positive if Heyman had a vote for Cy Young, but regardless of that fact it’s odd that Halladay finished ahead of the guy everyone believes to be the best pitcher in the NL for 2011; Kershaw.
Heyman says “I give greater weight to a player’s value in a pennant race, which is why I have [Matt] Kemp only third and Clayton Kershaw not at all.”
What I fail to understand is – and this goes for all that voted Halladay ahead of Kershaw on the MVP ballot, but not the Cy Young ballot – what does the pennant race have to do with the pitcher? Just because the team around him is better doesn’t mean the pitcher or hitter is more valuable. It means the team is more valuable, and that guy just happens to play there. Kershaw could do nothing more than win the Triple Crown of pitching, and even that wasn’t enough to save the Dodgers season. Even if he had thrown no-hitters every time he took the mound, the Dodgers probably wouldn’t have been a playoff team.
So, this argument of a pennant race being involved makes no sense to me.