What a whirlwind that was. They say everything is bigger in Texas and the Winter Meetings lived up to that standard this past week in Dallas. Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Gio Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson; the list goes on and on of players signing with new teams and hearing their name in countless trade rumors. In the offseason, especially when we retreat to our homes as the weather turns colder, this is what we live for; the rumor mill.
The Phillies poked their head into a few different things this past week, most notably the Aramis Ramirez rumors. It’s widely believed that Ramirez is looked at as a backup plan ONLY if the Phillies are unable to strike a deal with Jimmy Rollins. According to many on the scene in Dallas, Rollins is likely to become a Phillie when all is said and done. However, the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols, so they’ll be desperate to make a splash. Milwaukee has also come calling, although sources say they’ve dropped out. Things will remain very interesting after the dust settles from this gathering.
In case you missed any of our coverage on the happenings in from Big D this past week, here is a bullet-point look at some of the rumors that have surfaced regarding the Phillies.
–Jimmy Rollins is tops on the Phillies to-do list. However, the could have some company. Now that the Cardinals have lost all-time-great Albert Pujols, they could get into the running for J-Roll. They certainly do need a shortstop. We’ll see if this happens, but I’d keep a close eye on everything happening in STL.
–Troy Renck of the Denver Post said the Rockies were interested in the services of Phillies 3B Placido Polanco. That rumor then fell through roughly 24 hours later.
–Speaking of the bullpen, Ryan Madson declined arbitration from the Phillies, so he’ll be moving on.
–The craziest not-so-crazy rumor (because we know anything can happen with Ruben at the wheel) came overnight Tuesday-into-Wednesday as FoxSports.com reported that the Phillies were interested in acquiring former prospect Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s. Corey says, this a certainly a trade we DON’T want happening, as it would likely spell the end of Cole Hamels. Please, no.
–The Miami Marlins continue to try and outdo themselves. First, they inked Jose Reyes. Then, they locked Heath Bell in as their closer. Then, they went and signed Mark Buehrle to a huge deal. The new-look Marlins are not messing around.
–Ruben Amaro Jr. has made some bold moves in his tenure as Phillies General Manager. We take a look back at what he has done to shape the bullpen since 2009 in Part two of our series.
–On Monday, the Phillies got themselves involved in the Aramis Ramirez hoopla. The 33-year old former Chicago Cub is a hot commodity at a very thin position. Corey Seidman breaks down how Ramirez has fared recently, and what he would cost the Phillies. In this same post, there was talk of the Phillies actively shopping Placido Polanco. The Rockies had some interest, but that died down. Basically, the Phillies prefer a combo of Rollins/Polanco over one of Ramirez/Galvis.
–The Phillies started the fun by coming to terms on a two-year deal with outfielder Laynce Nix. This is an average move by the Phillies. Pat Gallen summarizes Nix’s recent career, while Corey Seidman rips the move saying the Phillies could have done much better.