With the holiday season in full swing, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro looks like he will be handing out pens this year. Pens for what? Well for signing contracts of course. He has pens in one pocket and apparently contracts in the other. And I could not be any happier.
Amaro continues to sign guys this offseason and the Phillies are looking to bring back most of the usual suspects as they open 2012. Good for you sir. Amaro has always been a win now, but save some for the future, kind of guy. He has made both kinds of moves this week.
While letting JC Romero walk, Amaro signed Dontrelle Willis to a one year deal worth roughly $1 million to come out of the pen. This move will all but ensure that the Phillies other lefty, Antonio Bastardo will become the new set-up man in front of Jonathan Papelbon.
Willis might be one of the only pitchers in the league with an incentive bonus based on plate appearances. As for pitchers, this guy can rake. In all his seasons pitching in the National League, minus 2.5 in Detroit, the guy has hit at least one home run. In 2006, he hit three in just 64 at bats. He is a career .287 hitter who might take a swing or two this season. Corey took a look at his numbers against lefties and compared them to Bastardo this past week. He also took a stab at a young Atlanta reliever. Always good in my book.
So Willis was obviously for this year. Amaro padded the future a bit resigning the Phillies everyday shortstop. It is no secret trying to hide the tears this city would have wept had Rollins signed elsewhere. And there was plenty of other suitors trying to woo him out of Philadelphia.
Amaro just about took it down to the wire before signing Rollins. Some people sneered at the deal he gave Papelbon before any other closer had signed. I can tell you that deal had nothing to do with this one. Amaro knew what he wanted and how much he (the Phillies) were willing to spend. When it was all done with, the Phillies and Rollins both made out nicely. Again Corey breaks the Rollins deal down and compares it to other recent short stop deals.
Now for all your blog heads, I am sure you have that one writer you love to read. You sit patiently waiting for their next post so you can read it, enjoy it and ultimately comment on it. I, too, have one of those writers. Maybe being a bit biased, I have always enjoyed reading our own Michael Baumann. The things he comes up with will have you scratching your heads.
This week was no different. Dr. Strangeglove’s take on baseball nicknames was exactly what I needed to break up the monotony which has been this offseason. But calling Cliff Lee ‘The Widowmaker‘ was the best ever.
And speaking of offseason, let us not forget about the holiday season which is quickly approaching and soon to be over. Don’t miss out getting some sweet Phillies Nation gear and gifts for your favorite Phillies fan. Be sure to check out our friends over at Philavania for their Buy 2, Get 1 free sale going on right now.
Great win today for the Eagles, good week for the Phillies.