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Phillies Trade Notes: Hamels and Byrd

Posted by Pat Egan, Fri, July 25, 2014 08:30 AM Comments: 33

Could Cole  Hamels be shipping up to Boston?

Could Cole Hamels be shipping up to Boston?

Put this into the “where there is smoke, there is fire” category of sports. The Phillies continue to say that they are not trading starter Cole Hamels, but the Phillies scouts picked an interesting game to attend Thursday night. Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies sent scouts to the  Boston Red Sox AA (Portland Sea Dogs) game Thursday night after the Red Sox inquired about Cole Hamels. Maybe its all a coincidence? Maybe the Phillies scouts just happened to be in the area? Well that would be one hell of a coincidence considering who was pitching for Portland.

Pitching for the Sea Dogs Thursday night was the Red Sox number one prospect Henry Owens. The 22-year old California native was the starting pitcher for Team USA in the 2014 MLB Futures Game this year. Owens didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday surrendering five earned runs, on five hits, in just four innings of work. The big lanky lefty did manage to fan six batters though. Owens has a 13-4 record for Portland this season with an impressive 2.56 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting just .197 off of him this year, and he is striking out over a batter an inning (123 K in 116 IP).

The only other player for Portland Thursday night, who is also a top 10 prospect for the Red Sox, was catcher/DH Blake Swihart. The switch hitter, and former first round pick in 2011, went 2-4 at the plate while scoring the Sea Dogs only run. Swihart posses a slash line of .298/.353/.489 in his first season at AA. The 22 year old has 11 home runs with 53 runs batted in. With Tommy Joseph‘s catching career in question Swihart would be a nice piece to have.

While the Phillies have said that they are not going to trade their 30 year old ace, you have to assume that there is something to these rumors. The Red Sox current ace Jon Lester has tabled contract talks to the offseason after both sides were unable to come to an extension. The Red Sox could fear that Lester wont be back, and look to add Hamels as a comparable replacement. If Thursday night was Cole Hamels last start in Philadelphia he certainly went out strong. The lefty went eight innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out 10. He even managed to ramp up his fast ball to 96 MPH.

While any trade for Cole Hamels would be sure to yield a great return for the Phillies, a trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd probably would not. On Thursday the Seattle Mariners, who were said to be interested in Byrd, decided to bring back Kendrys Morales. Morales, who has a little over two months left on his contract, brought the Twins back a 25-year old AAA relief pitcher named Stephen Pryor. Pryor was not in MLB.Com’s top 25 prospects for the Seattle Mariners, and he likely wont be in the Twins top 25 next season. The right handed reliever posted a 4.65 ERA in 31 innings of work.

Marlon Byrd is obviously having a stronger season than Kendrys Morales, but Morales is five years younger than Byrd, and isn’t signed for next season. Byrd also has a…. wait for it….. vesting option for 2016 when he will be 38-years old. If the Phillies end up finding a buyer for Marlon Byrd then you are probably looking at a Jeremy Horst type player in return.

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Antonio Bastardo Garnering Trade Interest

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, July 23, 2014 01:45 PM Comments: 12

Jim Salisbury of CSN.Com is reporting that Phillies left hander Antonio Bastardo is drawing the most trade bastardointerest at this current time. Teams that are linked to Bastardo are the Royals, Tigers, Pirates, and Blue Jays. The Reds had some interest earlier this month as well. Bastardo is signed for $2 million dollars this year, and is under team control next season. The lefty specialist is also one of the few Phillies who does not have a ridiculous vesting option in his contract. All of these things make Antonio Bastardo a very attractive piece for teams needing relief help.

Bastardo is having a solid season compiling a 3.27 ERA with a 10.8 K/9 rate. Bastardo is not only having success against lefty hitters, but righty’s as well. righty’s are hitting just .175 off the 28-year old while lefty’s are hitting just .140. The Royals, Tigers, Pirates and Blue Jays all have scouts in Philly scouting the series with the Giants. Because of his team friendly contract, age, and success this season, Antonio Bastardo could be the first, and possibly the only Phillie moved by the July 31st trade deadline.

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Pittsburgh Emerging as Front Runners for Burnett

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, July 22, 2014 02:00 PM Comments: 85

It is looking as though the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a favorite to land Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett would prefer to return to Pittsburgh. Burnett, in his first year with the Phillies, pitched for the Pirates during the 2012, and 2013 seasons. Burnett had a great year in 2013 posting a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA. Those numbers helped land Burnett a $15 million dollar deal with the Phillies in the offseason.

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Burnett’s tenure in Pittsburgh ended on a sour note. When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with Gerrit Cole instead of Burnett for the series deciding game five NLDS game Burnett was said to have felt disrespected. The game five slight was one of the main reasons why Burnett chose to leave Pittsburgh and not resign. But the bad blood between Burnett and Pittsburgh is said to have been overblown.Rosenthal also said that while Burnett wants to rejoin the Buccos the feeling seems to be mutual with Pirates players lobbying the front office for his return. One snag in the deal could be, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, Burnett’s vesting option for 2015. Burnett has made 21 starts this season for the Phillies. At 24 starts his option would cost $8.5 million. At 27 starts that number gets bumped up to $10 million. At 30 starts it would be $11.75 million and his option would max out at $12.75 million if Burnett were to make 32 starts this season.

Burnett isn’t having the year the Phillies had hoped for this season. He currently has a 6-9 record with a 4.03 ERA. In his last start the righty got rocked, to the tune of six runs in five innings of work. It should be noted that Burnett is pitching through an inguinal hernia this season.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett has left the Pirates off his no trade list. Burnett, like fellow starter Cliff Lee, can reject a trade to 20 teams. Crasnick tweeted that the nine teams that can trade for Burnett without the righty’s permission are; Pirates, Red Sox, Orioles, Royals, Reds, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, and Nationals. The Orioles are another team that are said to be in on Burnett.

The Pirates currently sit two and a half games out of the division lead, and two games out of a wild card spot. Pittsburgh could certainly use pitching help as their starters have a 3.92 staff ERA which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Burnett isn’t going to fetch a top prospect so if a deal does get done don’t expect to hear names like Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, or Reese McGuire.

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Which Teams are Watching Cliff Lee? Is Hamels Available?

Posted by Pat Egan, Mon, July 21, 2014 08:04 PM Comments: 23

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

During the Jayson Stark Show, hosted by our very own Pat Gallen, Stark named the 10 teams that are in attendance for Monday nights Phillies game presumably to scout Cliff Lee. Those teams are; Tigers, Pirates, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, and Royals. Lee is making his first start since an elbow strain put him on the disabled list in mid May.

Lee is owed $25 million next season and the lefty also has one of those pesky vesting options for 2016 for the price of $27.5 million. The Phillies would have to eat some of that salary if they hope to get anything back for the four time All Star. Lee is scheduled to make one more start before the July 31st non waiver trade deadline.

Stark also threw out a very interesting nugget about Cole Hamels. Reports out of Boston surfaced last week stating that the Phillies were not interested in trading Hamels, but Stark rebuffed that. “I’m hearing that Cole Hamels is available.” Stark, quoting an unnamed source, said the Phillies weren’t trying to move Hamels, but looking to see if they could get blown away by an offer. Hamels isn’t as off limits as previously thought. If you are wondering what it would cost a team to acquire the services of the 30 year old lefty Stark notes that the asking price would be similar to that of the Ray’s David Price. Which is a lot.

You can listen to the Jayson Stark show every Monday from 6-7 on 97.5 the Fanatic. You can also watch the show live as it broadcasts from the Green Parrot in Newtown Pennsylvania.

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Phillies Nation TV – Episode 15 – Trade Rumors Begin

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 10, 2014 01:03 PM Comments: 0

This week Pat and Corey break down how the recent trade between the A’s and Cubs will affect the Phillies come the trade deadline. They also paint the landscape in the AL and NL for prospective Phillies talent. Jayson Stark returns to discuss the dramatic downfall of Roy Halladay and the playoff-caliber team. Matt Stairs and Tommy Greene are back with pro tips for aspiring major leaguers.

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Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #1 Wise Move For GM Quinn

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 06, 2014 04:20 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies gave up a really good pitcher in Wise to acquire Carlton. Fortunately for them, they acquired a great one.

This is the final trade in the Top 10 Trades in Phillies History. Consideration was given to the performance of the players traded with their new club v. the performance of the players acquired with the Phillies in addition to heavily weighing the success of the Phillies once the trade was completed. Thank you for following along with our countdown.

This series will be immediately followed by the Top 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History, starting approximately on July 7.

The number one trade in Phillies history should come as a surprise to very few. But at the time of the trade, one could have argued that the trade was pretty even. Let’s look at both players in a blind comparison:

Player A: Age 25, 75-76, 3.60 ERA, 1.302 WHIP, 5.2 K/9 IP, One-time All-Star

Player B: Age 26, 77-62, 3.10 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 IP, Three-time All-Star

Player B was better but with better defense, Player A’s stats might look better. And whichever person was on the better team would benefit the most, right? Player A is right-hander Rick Wise, a player the Phillies signed as an amateur free agent in 1963. Player B is, of course, “Lefty” Steve Carlton.

Phillies General Manager John Quinn had seen the fortunes of his squad slowly deteriorating. After narrowly missing the pennant in 1964 due to a painful late season collapse, Quinn’s squads would finish no higher than fifth in the newly-created NL East, winning just 67 games in 1971. In a July 25, 1989 interview with the Philadelphia Daily News’ Stan Hochman, Wise recalled he wanted a 100 percent raise from Quinn: “After seven years with the Phillies I was only making $25,000. And then I led the league in fielding, in hitting, hit six homers, threw that no-hitter, led the Phillies’ pitchers in every major category… John Quinn offered me a $10,000 raise. “

Out in St. Louis, Cardinals’ owner Augie Busch was playing the same game with Carlton. According to Wise, Busch said “he wasn’t gonna give (Carlton) one more red cent.” Strangely, both players were traded for each other on February 25, 1972 as pitchers and catchers began to report to Spring Training and got the raises each desired but from different teams. Continue reading Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #1 Wise Move For GM Quinn

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Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #2 Switch Snags Schill

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 03, 2014 03:00 PM Comments: 3

Schilling threw a complete game shutout in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series to keep the Phillies alive.

It’s difficult to explain to folks who didn’t watch the early 90’s Phillies squads how simultaneously exciting yet disappointing those teams were. Aside from an exciting-but-never-a-threat second place finish in 1986, the late 80’s Phillies squads were a mix of decent young players like Von Hayes and Juan Samuel, aging veterans like Greg Gross, Lance Parrish, and Mike Schmidt, and a pitching staff led by Shane Rawley and Don Carman with Steve Bedrosian and Kent Tekulve in the bullpen. General Manager Lee Thomas took over as the club’s general manager from Woody Woodward in June 1988 and began to shape the roster rather quickly.

Thomas’ first move was a rather subtle one: Thomas dealt Luis Aguayo, a sometimes-starting shortstop, for Amalio Carreno, a pitcher that would appear in three games for the Phillies in 1991, on July 15, 1988. In his first offseason steering the Phillies’ ship, Thomas would trade Shane Rawley to Minnesota for Tom Nieto, Eric Bullock, and Tom Herr, a move that allowed the Phillies to experiment with Samuel in center field by playing the former All-Star Herr at second and indirectly allowing the Phillies to trade Samuel for Roger McDowell and Lenny Dykstra.

Up next on Thomas’ winter to-do list was to reshape the entire outfield, trading Phil Bradley to Baltimore for reliever Gordon Dillard and starter Ken Howell, who would lead the team with 12 wins and a 3.44 ERA in 1989, and Milt Thompson to St. Louis for back-up catcher Steve Lake and reserve outfielder Curt Ford. Trading Bradley was a win, while the Thompson trade was a bust. It was likely the only major blemish on Thomas’ record.

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Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #3 Midseason Swap Nets Cy

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 02, 2014 04:30 PM Comments: 0

Lee had an incredible impact on the 2009 Phillies. Here is Lee shown having fun during the 2009 World Series. Photo: NJ.com.

Over the next two weeks, in conjunction with the run-up to the July 31 trade deadline, Phillies Nation will be presenting the Top 10 Trades in Phillies History. Consideration was given to the performance of the players traded with their new club v. the performance of the players acquired with the Phillies in addition to heavily weighing the success of the Phillies once the trade was completed.

This series will be immediately followed by the Top 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History, starting approximately on July 7.

If you looked only at their record, you wouldn’t have guessed the 2009 Phillies necessarily needed any starting pitching. Heading into the July 31st trade deadline, 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels was seemingly turning his season around, winning his last three decisions and the Phillies had just wrapped up a ten-game winning streak and had won four in a row headed into their July 29 match-up against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But a look at the names that figured into the decisions certainly told a different story. The Phillies were relying on Hamels and a whole lot of offense to dispatch of their opponents. The 2009 Phils would use 12 different starting pitchers that season and had been ravaged by injury to the point that their rotation became Hamels, Joe Blanton, rookie J.A. Happ, and Rodrigo Lopez, while, for a spell, Chan Ho Park,  Antonio Bastardo, and Kyle Kendrick held down the back end of the starting totation.

The Phillies were looking to defend their World Series crown and take advantage of their NL-best offense; the Phillies would lead the NL in homers, runs, homers, and slugging while ranking second in stolen bases in 2009. In effort to bolster a return trip to the playoffs for a third straight year, the Phillies knew they had to upgrade their starting rotation. The Phillies had just taken a flyer on former Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in July but Martinez would not be ready until August. Additionally the Phillies had more than one opening in their starting rotation.

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Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #4 Phillies Enlist Secretary of Defense

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 01, 2014 12:15 PM Comments: 5

http://nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/garry-maddox.jpg%3Fw%3D267Over the next two weeks, in conjunction with the run-up to the July 31 trade deadline, Phillies Nation will be presenting the Top 10 Trades in Phillies History. Consideration was given to the performance of the players traded with their new club v. the performance of the players acquired with the Phillies in addition to heavily weighing the success of the Phillies once the trade was completed.

This series will be immediately followed by the Top 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History, starting approximately on July 7.

Rusty Staub was a fine outfielder and first baseman in the National League. From 1963 through 1974, Staub hit .279/.366/.430 with 178 homers, earning MVP votes five times and making five-straight All-Star squads from 1967 through 1971. Staub was often the best player on bad teams, spending 1963 through 1968 with the expansion Houston Colt .45s and Astros, 1969-1971 with the expansion Montreal Expos, and then with the recently-created Mets from 1972 through 1975.

The Phillies, sensing an opportunity to improve in 1975, had signed veteran first baseman Dick Allen for a return to the team. Third baseman Mike Schmidt was coming off one of the single-greatest seasons in Phillies history (MLB-leading 36 homers, NL-leading .546 slugging) and Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, and Greg Luzinski all were developing into cornerstone pieces for the franchise. After signing Allen, incumbent first baseman Willie Montanez became redundant and the club attempted to trade Montanez to the Mets for Staub.

It resulted in one of the best non-trades in club history. Continue reading Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #4 Phillies Enlist Secretary of Defense

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Top 10 Trades in Phillies History: #5 Nails and McDowell Take the Turnpike

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, June 30, 2014 01:00 PM Comments: 1

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Dykstra was one of the key offensive contributors on the 1993 pennant-winning squad.

Over the next two weeks, in conjunction with the run-up to the July 31 trade deadline, Phillies Nation will be presenting the Top 10 Trades in Phillies History. Consideration was given to the performance of the players traded with their new club v. the performance of the players acquired with the Phillies in addition to heavily weighing the success of the Phillies once the trade was completed.

This series will be immediately followed by the Top 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History, starting approximately on July 7.

It’s easy to forget just how good the 1986 Mets were. And it is amazing to think they traded one of their best players to a division rival that helped said division rival net a pennant four years later.

New York sent four players as starters to the 57th All-Star Game, including 21-year old Dwight Gooden, 24-year old Darryl Strawberry, and a pair of 32-year olds in Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez. While the club was known for being youthful, the club had a tremendous mix of both veterans and young talent that carried them through the playoffs and on to the World Series.

Beyond their four All-Star starters, the Mets had a fifth All-Star, Sid Fernandez, former All-Star third baseman Ray Knight, who hit .298 with 11 homers in 1986, a once-in-a-lifetime season from second baseman Wally Backman, .320/.376/.385 with 13 steals, six pitchers that won 10 games or more, including five that won 14 or more, and two relievers that accumulated at least 21 saves. The Phillies had a pretty remarkable season in 1986, also, tallying an unexpected 86 wins, but would be dwarfed by 21.5 games by the 108-win Mets.

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