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Phillies Notes: Bastardo, Ruf, Halladay

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 06, 2013 05:46 PM Comments: 6

halladay-Ruben Amaro addressed the Antonio Bastardo suspension with the media today. Amaro said Bastardo told him Sunday that something could happen in regards to the Biogenesis scandal. The Phillies GM did tell me that there really isn’t much else that can be done at an organizational level to combat things like this happening. There was no sign of Bastardo in the clubhouse; his locker had been cleaned out and nameplate removed.

-Darin Ruf gets a shot in right field, something he’s never done in his professional career. Most people realize that Dom Brown is the better candidate for right because of his athleticism and arm. However, what do the Phils really have to lose at this point? Try Ruf there, see if he can handle it. If he can’t maybe you make a change, maybe you put him back at first base where he belongs. This isn’t a team vying for a playoff spot that needs all the help it can and can ill afford a right fielder with no defensive acumen.

-Say bye-bye to Laynce Nix. The guy didn’t play well for the better part of this year, but if I’m Nix, I’m pissed. If anything, he deserved a look in a platoon with Delmon Young, if anything, to keep his bat fresh. Instead, he’s out the door. Now, I’m not saying he would have been an offensive savior, but I do believe it is tough to be a pinch hitter when you play as sparingly as Nix did.

-Amaro said Roy Halladay threw a bullpen session yesterday and could be on his way to a simulated game. Halladay was seeing swinging a bat before BP, a good sign. There is no timetable for a return.

 

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An Argument for Trading Cliff Lee

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 31, 2013 12:15 PM Comments: 39

Should it take an earth-shattering package for the Phils to move Lee? (PHOTO: AP)

Should it take an earth-shattering package for the Phils to move Lee? (PHOTO: AP)

As the clock creeps towards today’s 4pm trade deadline, die-hard Phillies fans are sure to be glued to their rumors source of choice.  Last night’s report that Jake Peavy is headed to Boston put a sizable dent in the Phillies chances of moving Cliff Lee, leaving only the Tigers, Cardinals and Dodgers as plausible suitors for the prized left hander.

At this point, there is little doubt that Lee is available, and the reports that say so also indicate that the Phillies’ asking price for him is steep, as it should be.  Many saw Boston as the frontrunner to pry Lee from the Phils, but in the end it sounds like the asking price (Xander Bogaerts perhaps?) was too high, so the Sox moved on to Plan B and the Phillies were left with little hope of a monster return for their most valuable trade asset.

Bogaerts wasn’t going anywhere for many of the same reasons that Domonic Brown was never available when the Phillies were hunting for aces of their own over the past five years.  Prospects of that ilk are rarely moved, regardless of the stakes, and especially when surrendering them also requires picking up a $70 million tab in the process.  Assuming Bogaerts, or even Jackie Bradley Jr., were the sticking points in negotiations with the Sox, it is safe to say that any team hoping to acquire Lee’s services today will have to submit an offer that blows Amaro away.  Which leads to the question, has Amaro set the bar for Lee too high?

Trading established stars for prospects is risky business.  No one knows that better than Amaro, who has acquired Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in recent years for packages that have yet to yield much at the major league level.  He also traded Lee before the 2010 season for a haul bad enough that he’s since admitted it was a mistake.  But in the Phillies current situation, that shouldn’t be an argument not to move Lee.  Quite simply, that is because one could argue the risk of not trading him is greater than the risk of again moving him for a flawed return.

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Replacing Dubee Could Help the Phils

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 12, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 0

Rich+Dubee+Philadelphia+Phillies+Photo+Day+WQYnievRTD9lThursday night, former Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson and current Phillies writer Mandy Housenick had a very interesting exchange on Twitter. Mathieson suggested that bullpen coach Rod Nichols take over Rich Dubee’s job as pitching coach, and Housenick added that Ryan Madson and Brett Myers had similar opinions on Nichols. Earlier this season, MLB Network’s Mitch Williams also suggested that Dubee get replaced. Roy Halladay, among others, defended Dubee.

But maybe Mathieson and Williams are on to something. Dubee has been in the Phillies organization for 12 years, and nine with the major league team. It could be time to replace him, as Williams said, if only to get a new voice in the ears of the Phils’ pitchers. The starters are doing exceptionally well, and the emergence of Kyle Kendrick as a solid part of the rotation is outstanding, considering where he came from.

But the bullpen is another story. It ranks last in the NL in ERA (4.58) and walk rate. Many young arms have struggled lately–Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes (possibly due to injury), and Justin De Fratus come to mind. Maybe Dubee just isn’t reaching the young guys like he wants to. And if (Rod) Nichols is beloved as much as Mathieson suggested, replacing Dubee with him seems like a no-brainer. The younger arms–the ones that need coaching the most–would have a new coach and a chance at a fresh start. The benefits would be great.

What would the cons be? In my eyes–nothing. Charlie Manuel‘s contract is up at the end of the year, and I think that, barring something unexpected, he won’t be re-signed by the club. Manuel and Dubee are good friends, and it would be hard to imagine Manuel leaving without Dubee. I think it would be the right move to let go of most, if not all of Manuel’s coaching staff at the end of the year.

I’m not saying that the Phillies should do a mid-season coaching move like they did with Milt Thompson. There is no need for a “shock” move to light a fire under the players with a playoff berth unlikely. But a change could be what benefits the Phillies most in the coming years, and the end of this season is the perfect time to do it.

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Howard Out 6-8 Weeks with Torn Meniscus; Halladay Progressing

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 08, 2013 05:08 PM Comments: 42

RyanHowardRuben Amaro said today that Ryan Howard will miss 6-8 week as the result of an MRI showed a torn left meniscus for the first baseman. There is no word yet on when the surgery will occur, although it will happen soon. Darin Ruf will get the majority of the reps in Howard’s spot.

Howard had hit well since June 1, putting up a .885 OPS over his last 30 games. However, the pain in his left knee became too much to bear. The Big Piece also complained of pain in his right foot, which he said was not related to his achillies tendon tear or the knee. Amaro could not confirm if any of the injuries were anymore than normal wear and tear to a baseball player at 33 years old.

Amaro was confident Howard would be back on the field at some point this season. Should Ruf prove he belongs, how would that change the future?

Howard is due $85 million over the next three seasons with a buyout included in that total.

Amaro also said that Roy Halladay is progressing, there have been no setbacks during his rehabilitation process. Doc is throwing from 75 feet on flat ground, which will eventually become 120 feet should everything go well. Following that, Doc will begin to throw off a mound.

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Logic Says Amaro, Phillies Should Sell Big

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 02:32 PM Comments: 1

If Amaro doesn't change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth clinging to that will be his downfall.

If Amaro doesn’t change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth holding onto will be his downfall.

Back in March, I disagreed with the notion that the Phillies roster needed detonation, as was then being advocated by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com.  I thought there were too many pieces still in place to have that outlook going into 2013… that this veteran group had a legitimate shot at contention if enough went right.

Then the season started.  To be fair to myself, the performances of Domonic Brown, Chase Utley (when healthy) and Cliff Lee have proven me partially right – there was some gas left in the tank.  But the simultaneous play of Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Roy Halladay and nearly the entire bullpen has made it obvious that this core group needs to be broken up.

Keri hasn’t let up on his assertion that the Phillies are running themselves into the ground, which came to a head last week in his NL East Trade Deadline Preview.  He again advocated a fire sale and hurled some vitriol-filled grenades towards the Phils front office.  From Keri:

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and his bosses are either delusional, in denial, terribly misguided, or all of the above. Sure, making drastic changes to a team that’s ascended to elite revenue-generating status thanks to big crowds and a pending TV megascore carries risk. But so too does clinging to a group of fading veterans and watching them limit the Phillies to a string of 75-win seasons.

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Halladay Throwing, Red Sox/Tigers Interested in Papelbon?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, June 25, 2013 05:44 PM Comments: 2

Roy Halladay - Philadelphia PhilliesTwo big news items from this afternoon – the first comes from Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki who says that Roy Halladay is feeling “good”. Zolecki notes that Halladay has been throwing from 60 ft. The Phillies are hoping Halladay will return in late August at the earliest.

Rich Dubee had this to say about watching Halladay in Zolecki’s piece:

“It looks very, very good,” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “The arm action, he’s able to get his arm back up very easily. No effort at all. Whereas before, because of the stuff that he had going on in his shoulder, he couldn’t get it up on a consistent basis. But now his arm slot is fantastic and he’s doing very, very well so far. He’s a long ways from pitching, but everything so far is going according to plan.”

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia PhilliesAnd the other big news item today was Jayson Stark reporting that the Phillies are talking to both the Red Sox and Tigers about closer Jonathan Papelbon even if the club themselves denies it. An unnamed exec had this to say in the Stark piece:

“Don’t be surprised if you see Papelbon end up in Detroit. If the Tigers have a chance to get the closer they need, they won’t let [a big asking price] stand in the way. So if you’re Ruben, how can you not do that if the Tigers step up the way I think they’re about to step up?”

The Red Sox and Tigers both have several top prospects but it may be a stretch to expect one as a return considering Papelbon’s high contract value. The Red Sox entered the year with Baseball America’s #8th, 31st, 40th, 49th, and 91st-ranked prospects while the Tigers have the 21st, 74th, and 95th-ranked prospects in the game.

Stark also noted that Chase Utley may be able to fetch the club a decent return should the team decide to retool. Stark believes that Utley is the player most likely to be traded should the Phillies become sellers. The Orioles have been noted to be in need of a second baseman and Utley could fit on just about any American League team in a DH role.

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Did Amaro Take Shot at Howard?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 17, 2013 08:00 PM Comments: 24

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Prior to Monday’s Phillies/Nationals tilt at Citizens Bank Park, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spent nearly 20 minutes discussing various topics including the health of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, the return of John Lannan, and the comments made by Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels over the past week or so. It felt as though no stone had been unturned.

The most poignant remarks came when discussing the possibility of trades and if the Phillies could to the model the Boston Red Sox. If you remember last season, the Sox were able to unload three high-priced veterans to the Los Angeles Dodgers; Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett.

When asked if they could follow that path, Amaro said this:

“It’s a little different in their case. They had players at the major league level with large contracts that people still wanted. That may not be the case for us.”

With so much talk of Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon being two likely candidates to move at or near the trade deadline, this quotation stands out.

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Halladay Says No Timetable, But Plans to Pitch in ’13

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 05, 2013 01:32 PM Comments: 3

halladaySpeaking for the first time since shoulder surgery, Roy Halladay reiterated his desire to play again this year. And by his account, the rehab process is going well enough that he should be able to achieve that.

It’s still a long process and there could be bumps in the road. Halladay stated the surgery was what they thought it would be, no more, and that he’s currently doing leg exercises and arm strengthening six days a week. However, there is no timetable for a return as they take it “week by week.”

What’s intriguing is that he says his shoulder’s range of motion is as good as it was several years ago. In fact, just five days after surgery, it had improved to previous levels.

“In talking to [team physician Dr. Michael] Ciccotti, my range of motion is better than it has been in two or three years since they first saw me here,” he said. “I don’t think they have the measurements from Toronto. But since I’ve been here, the range of motion is better than it has been at any point since I been here.”

Halladay also stated that had it been the end of his illustrious career, he was at peace with whatever came his way. “Whether it was the end of my career or it turned my career around I was OK with it. I felt like I’ve done all I could do to that point, so it was out of my hands.”

Ever the competitor, Hallday’s sights are still set on one thing – a title. “The desire for me is to compete and win a world series, that will never change.” Even at perhaps one of the lowest points in his career, Halladay’s passion and enthusiasm for the game has not wavered. He still wants a title and he won’t stop until he at least tries once again to grab it.

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Lackey’s Contractual Quirk and Phillies Deals

Posted by Eric Seidman, Thu, May 30, 2013 10:13 AM Comments: 10

John Lackey wasn’t at his best Wednesday night but he has pitched effectively for the Red Sox this season. Lackey, signed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract prior to the 2010 season, had a rocky start to his Boston tenure. After posting solid peripherals with poor run prevention marks in 2010, he posted a 6.41 ERA in 2011 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2012 campaign and is now finally combining the solid peripherals and run prevention the Red Sox expected when doling out the lucrative contract.

However, the Red Sox understood that Lackey, like all pitchers for that matter, represented an injury risk. In order to hedge against that risk the Sox included a clause in Lackey’s contract that, if he underwent Tommy John surgery, an option for 2015 would automatically trigger at the league-minimum salary. With five years and $82.5 million on the table, that clause might not have seemed all that important to Lackey’s camp, as he is guaranteed that money regardless of his health status. But now, with the surgery on the backburner, that 5-yr/$82.5 million deal effectively became a 6 yr/$83 million deal.

There are two implications here that impact, or could have impacted the Phillies in their subsequent big-ticket free agent signings.

First, if Lackey remains effective beyond next season, the Red Sox could have a league-average or better pitcher at a pittance. Second, the automatic triggering of the option reduced the average annual value of the contract. Most option years are not included in the average annual value calculation for luxury tax purposes, but if a future vesting option is triggered before the existing deal expires, the contract itself changes.

The original contract carried a $16.5 million AAV while the “new” deal has a $13.8 million average annual value. That reduction would prove significant if the Sox were up against the luxury tax threshold.

It’s impossible to know how contract negotiations with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels went down without having first-hand knowledge, so we’ll never know if similar clauses were discussed. But for a team consistently concerned about the luxury tax because of large annual sums paid to players at an inherently risky position, that type of creative clause could have gone a long way towards hedging risk.

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Gameday: Phillies (24-26) at Red Sox (31-20)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, May 27, 2013 06:55 PM Comments: 26

Philadelphia Phillies (24-26) at Boston Red Sox (31-20)

Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 8.20 ERA)

TIME: 7:05, Fenway Park
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Weather: High 60s, mostly sunny
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Happy Memorial Day, folks. Please take a moment to visit Liberty USO, the Philadelphia and South Jersey chapter of the USO, and check out their group outing at the Phillies planned for June 22.

Tonight, the Phillies begin the first game of their home-and-home series with the Boston Red Sox. Fortunately they are avoiding Clay Buchholz and his 7-0 record as he was scratched due to a right shoulder injury. Replacing him on the hill today for Boston will be Alfredo Aceves, who is making his first start since April 23, when he gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Tyler Cloyd is pitching for the Phillies and although he grew up in Nebraska, he is a lifelong Red Sox fan. This will be his first visit to the venerable Fenway Park. Cloyd is coming off his first win of the season since being recalled to replace Roy Halladay. He has allowed 3 ER or fewer in 6 of his 8 career starts, including all five of his career starts on the road. In fact, he is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA (9 ER, 31.1 IP) in 5 career road starts.

Overall since 2004, the Phillies are an unimpressive 9-21 against the Red Sox, while sporting a 2-7 record at Fenway Park.

Lineup: Revere CF, M. Young, 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, D. Young DH, Brown LF, Mayberry RF, Galvis 2B, Kratz C

Your Gameday Beer: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

It’s the unofficial start of summer. What better way to ring in the hottest of the seasons than with a beer/lemonade combo? Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is just that. With a malted wheat and barley beginning, and a tart lemonade finish, this beer just tastes like summertime. The real beauty in it is that the lemon flavor doesn’t overpower the taste of the beer. It’s remarkably well-balanced. Have it with some barbecued pulled pork and a side of baked beans. – by Ryan

GO PHILLIES!

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