Archive for November, 2011

Phillies 2012 Roster and Payroll Projection

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, November 13, 2011 03:01 PM Comments: 44

The Papelbon deal takes up a lot of the funds for the Phillies this offseason.

Here is a revised look at the Phillies 2012 roster and payroll projections following the signing of Jonathan Papelbon. The numbers are, of course, opinion and subject to change. They are merely educated guesses, especially the arbitration numbers.

Blue: money that the Phillies owe in 2012
Red: educated guess as to how much player will earn in 2012 (arbitration or otherwise)


-Ryan Howard: $20MM
-Chase Utley: $15.286MM
-Placido Polanco: $6.417MM
-Carlos Ruiz: $3.7 MM
-Jim Thome: $1.25MM
-Michael Martinez: $425K



-Shane Victorino: $9.5MM
-Hunter Pence: $11.5MM
-Ben Francisco: $2.2MM
-John Mayberry Jr.: $425K

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Poll: Grading the Papelbon Signing

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, November 12, 2011 04:55 PM Comments: 56

Photo: Foxsports.com

It’s simple – put a grade on the Jonathan Papelbon contract with the Phillies. How do you feel about what has gone down over the past 48-72 hours. Will you welcome him in with open arms? How much will you miss Madson?

Let your voice be heard with a vote.

What grade would you give the Jonathan Papelbon deal?

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Papelbon Signing Swallows Up Important Flexibility

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, November 11, 2011 06:56 PM Comments: 74

Ruben Amaro likes to act fast. Really fast.

Ruben and the Phils inked closer Jonathan Papelbon today for a contract in the neighborhood of 4 years/$50 million pending a physical. The deal is $6 million more than the rumored deal Ryan Madson was offered.

Papelbon has been an exceptional closer for six seasons with the hated Red Sox, posting a 2.33 ERA, averaging over a strikeout an inning, keeping a HR/9IP rate under 0.7, and converting 219 out of 248 save opportunities. Papelbon comes to the Phils with a 1.00 playoff ERA, allowing less than a base-runner per inning in the postseason but comes with the baggage of a horrific collapse against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

The signing of Papelbon gives a lot of reasons for Phillies fans to be angry. For one, if the reported offer was true, a deal with Madson would have given the Phillies more payroll flexibility to lure back fellow fan-favorite Jimmy Rollins and add a bat to the bench. Secondly, Papelbon’s four year deal breaks the old Phillies’ rule about signing any pitcher for more than three years; do you think Roy Halladay, who took a below market contract for only three years and an option to stay a Phil, enjoys this?

This rule, put in place by Pat Gillick, has saved the Phils time and money in the past: Adam Eaton, Joe Blanton, and Brad Lidge could have been bigger financial disasters without it in place. But to break it for a more expensive version of the guy the team already had?

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Phillies Sign Jonathan Papelbon to 4-Year Deal

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, November 11, 2011 02:29 PM Comments: 92

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies have signed Jonathan Papelbon to a deal to become the new closer of the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal is done, pending a physical. Salisbury says it’s a four-year deal worth close to $50 million.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says there is also a vesting option that could push the contract to $60 million.

This ends the Ryan Madson era in Philadelphia, the place he has been since 2004.

OPINION: Can’t say I’m a huge fan of this deal. Would I be a huge fan of the Madson deal at 4/$44m? Probably not, but more than the Papelbon contract. I’m just not a fan of giving guys who throw three outs at a time double-digit millions per season. As you see all around baseball, new closers pop up everywhere. Ryan Madson did that this past year.

I would lean toward keeping Madson at four-years, $44 million because he’s homegrown talent and I think you can deal with that a little bit more. You could see keeping your own guy for a hefty deal. But to go outside of the organization and spend this kind of money and throw that many years at a guy on the other side of 30, to me, is not the best allocation of funds.

I think the Phillies have to now shy away from Cuddyer, bring back Rollins, and fill out the rest of the roster with cheap pieces. Papelbon is a hell of a closer – I don’t want to take anything away from him because I do think the fans will enjoy what he brings to the table, just as much as they did Madson – but this is awfully hefty for a guy who sees little time on the field.

Phillies Nation will have a breakdown of Madson vs. Papelbon to come…


Free Agency: Papelbon, Madson, Pujols

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, November 11, 2011 01:21 PM Comments: 14

Papelbon is in play for the Phillies. (Photo: Eagletribune.com)

–As far as closer is concerned, things have taken a 180 since earlier in the week. Ryan Madson and the Phillies were reportedly close to a four-year contract, but those rumors were deemed false by Ruben Amaro Jr. Now it appears Jonathan Papelbon is at the top of the Phillies wishlist for closer.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com is reporting that the Phillies have “serious interest” in the Red Sox free agent ninth-inning man, seemingly moving ahead of Madson, which seemed impossible just about 48 hours ago. All we were waiting for was for the documents to be signed, sealed, delivered, and Madson would be back in the fold. Not the case, say many involved, including the tight-lipped Amaro.

Papelbon posted a 2.94 ERA with 12.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 64 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2011, saving 31 games. Madson, on the other hand, saved 32 games with a 2.34 ERA with solid peripherals: 9.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 in 60 2/3 innings in 2011.

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Honor Phillies Fans in the Military this Veterans Day

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, November 11, 2011 11:11 AM Comments: 0

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all the brave men and women who serve to protect our country and world.

Send a carepackage to Phillies fans in the military

For the past year, we’ve been sending carepackages to Phillies fans in the armed forces and they’ve been delivered to Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, even the North Pole. Each carepackage costs $40 to send and includes a DVD, a hat, stickers, a keychain and Phanatic figurines and notes from fans who have donated to pay for the packages. If you would like to sponsor a single package, several, or even just contribute a few dollars towards one, please consider making a donation today. 100% of your money will go towards sending the carepackages.

Here’s what some recipients wrote back:

Your care package was great, and knowing we have your support makes it worth the fight. thanks again.

Got the shirts and stickers! Thanks a lot. I’m going around the FOB and tagging CHU’s with the stickers you sent to pimp out the phils!

Please consider making a donation today in support of the troops.


Dr. Strangeglove: On Not Characterizing One’s Negotiations

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, November 11, 2011 06:43 AM Comments: 20

Apparently the rules of the world now include a moratorium on all sports discussion on the internet that doesn’t involve some sort of anger at Joe Paterno and Penn State. I apologize for violating that moratorium.

The good folks over at The Good Phight have a device called the Ruben Amaro, Jr. Smug Advisory System, a machine that does exactly what the name would suggest. I bring this up because on Monday Rube produced possibly the most smug, self-satisfied utterance ever attributed to a major league general manager. Asked about his pursuit of a closer, Amaro said the following:

“I do not characterize my negotiations.”

Oh, snap.

I imagine Amaro sitting around a long table with reporters and other Phillies brass while making this statement. In fact, I’ve illustrated my mental image of the scene for you:

But when that statement was followed by rumors of a four-year, $44 million contract extension for Ryan Madson, I had an idea. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with RAJ refusing to characterize his negotiations. He’s doing his level best to construct a winning team and it really shouldn’t matter to him what we think. I actually kinda like the arrogance. I’m actually looking forward to the day when this happens at a press conference. In fact, I am so inspired by his refusal to characterize his negotiations that I’m thinking about doing the same.

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Free Agency: Madson, Papelbon, Burrell

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, November 10, 2011 07:07 PM Comments: 20

Is it the end of the road for Burrell? (PHOTO AP)

–Yesterday, we heard from Jon Heyman of SI.com that the Phillies and Ryan Madson had agreed to a four year, $44 million deal with a fifth-year option. All that was left was for David Montgomery to OK it. Well, that no longer seems to be the case.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says he has spoken to Ruben Amaro Jr. who calls the claim “unequivocally false.” Amaro claims there was never a deal in place between the two sides.

–That said, Jonathan Papelbon enters the picture if Ryan Madson exits it. That’s what Heyman says, referring to the Phillies brass who like Papelbon if the Madson deal falls through. That would be an interesting scenario, as I believe they would both cost roughly the same amount of money.

Papelbon and Madson are just a few months apart and both have had success as a closer, although Papelbon’s is much longer as a ninth-inning guy.

–Pat Burrell tells the AP his career is pretty much over. “I have not decided yet, but I don’t think I can play anymore,” Burrell said. “It hurts me to say that.” The 35-year old former Phillie played in only 92 games this past season and has battled injury issues for much of his career.

It always looked painful watching Burrell run in the outfield and it seems like yesterday he was roaming around in left field for the 2008 champion Phillies.


The Art of Worley: Vance Worley’s 2011 Year in Review

Posted by Michael Baumann, Thu, November 10, 2011 10:45 AM Comments: 13

When there’s no-one else in sight
In the crowded lonely night
Well I wait so long
For my love vibration
And I’m Vanceing with myself

It’s hard not to like Vance Worley. He’s got a mohawk and funny glasses, and while he might not have the best long-term career prognosis of any Phillies pitching prospect, it sure looks like, between being hit by line drive after line drive and sweating like an inmate in a Turkish prison, he enjoys life in the major leagues more than any Phillies pitching prospect. The Phillies picked Worley in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft out of Long Beach State, a university that has, in the past decade, turned out great baseball players the way The U turns out great defensive football players with criminal records. Worley might not have been as highly-touted as, say, Jered Weaver, Evan Longoria, and Troy Tulowitzki were coming out of college, but after going into spring training as the seventh man in one of the most-hyped five-man starting rotations of all time, Worley came not quite out of nowhere, but close, to outshine quite a few household names.

What’s more, between Worley’s creative grooming and a Twitter account predicated largely on his enthusiasm for muscle cars and sneakers, the righthander injected some much-needed color into a clubhouse known not so much for its hijinks as its dedication to self-abrogation and businesslike approach to the game.

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The Pros and Cons of Jose Reyes

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, November 10, 2011 08:02 AM Comments: 43

Is Reyes a fit in Philly?

If my math is correct – and I think it is because I had others read it over; plus I was a communications major, which means I suck with numbers – then the Phillies will have roughly $25-30 million to spend after inking Jim Thome to a one-year, $1.25 million contract on Saturday. Allocating that remaining money will have to be spent on a shortstop, a closer, a bullpen part or two and a bench spot/utility man or two.

Whether it has to do with regaining the leverage that was lost when Jimmy Rollins announced he was seeking a five-year contract, Ruben Amaro has stated that his top priority is either to re-sign Ryan Madson, or find a closer of that same ilk through free agency. If it isn’t first on his offseason to-do list, then shortstop has to be a close second.

If you’ve noticed, there aren’t many shortstops available that don’t hover around replacement-level. That leaves Rollins and Jose Reyes as the top #6’s on the market; but you already knew that.

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