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A Quick Blurb About Jermaine Mitchell

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, January 01, 2013 03:41 PM Comments: 7


With healthy discussion surrounding whether or not Domonic Brown and/or Darin Ruf can be everyday Major Leaguers and, in turn, whether the Phillies should seek more outfield help, many, including myself, have noted that the Phillies outfield picture is incredibly heavy in quantity but low on quality. The Phillies, assuming Brown and Ruf are on the 25-man roster, sit with six outfielders on their roster; barring John Mayberry being traded or designated for assignment, Laynce Nix being cut, Ender Inciarte being offered back to Arizona, or Ruf starting the year in Triple-A, there is very little wiggle room.

While there is a plethora of options, none of those options are particularly appealing to the Phillies. After all, Mayberry does hit lefties well, cutting Nix would be the equivalent of burning $1.35 million in a barrel, the last Rule-5 pick the Phillies tried to return was Shane Victorino and after sticking by Michael Martinez, they’ll likely keep Inciarte around, and Ruf, at age 26, is suddenly at an unexpected but pretty exciting “put up or shut up” moment. Continue reading A Quick Blurb About Jermaine Mitchell


Baseball America Names Phils Top 10

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, December 17, 2012 11:00 AM Comments: 7

Germantown's Biddle is Baseball America's best Phillies' Prospect. Photo: Jay Floyd

Matt Forman of Baseball America posted their list of Top 10 Phillies Prospects this morning. With last year’s number one, Trevor May, traded, there was a guaranteed to be a new number one. And with the Phillies trading Joe Blanton, Hunter Pence, Jim Thome, and Shane Victorino midseason, there was bound to be new faces that filled out the top 10. The theme of this year’s Phillies list was turnover. Not the kind the Eagles routinely commit but rather just three players from the year before stayed on the list while seven changed, either because of trade, call-up, or decreased prospect expectations.

The New Number One

Left-handed starter Jesse Biddle continued his ascension through the Phillies ranks last season. The Phillies 2010 first round pick pitched a career-high 142.2 innings, notched over a strikeout per inning while walking just under 3.4/9 IP with a 3.22 ERA in 26 starts for High-A Clearwater.  Biddle jumps from 2011′s number two to number one, something that likely would have happened whether or not May was traded. The Philadelphia-native is miles ahead of the rest of the Philadelphia prospect landscape.

The Risers

There were only two players that moved up on the list from 2011 to 2012: Biddle moved from one to two and third baseman Maikel Franco jumped from eight to ten. Of note, Freddy Galvis, Phillippe Aumont, and Justin De Fratus were all omitted presumably because of their advancement and their ability to stay in the Major Leagues. Jonathan Pettibone, who is the most Major League-ready pitcher on the list, stayed pat at fourth. Pettibone, 4-1, 2.55 ERA in seven late-season starts for Lehigh Valley, has an outside chance at winning the fifth starter slot in the rotation, although that chance has decreased with the signing of John Lannan.

Darin Ruf, once considered “an organizational player” by Forman, makes his debut on a Baseball America list at number nine. He is listed by Baseball America as the Phillies Best Power Hitter and the player with the Best Strike Zone Discipline. Continue reading Baseball America Names Phils Top 10


Revere’s Acquisition Steal Compared to Choo’s Cost

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, December 12, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 19

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2012/baseball/mlb/12/06/ben-revere-phillies-twins-trade.ap/ben-revere-smi2.jpgThe Phillies acquisition of Ben Revere was met with a blend of generally positive merriment and cautious optimism among Phillies fans. The deal addressed a clear need, a long-term solution in center field, but the cost, Vance Worley and Trevor May, irked some fans (and FanGraph’s Dave Cameron) who argued the Phillies robbed Peter to pay Paul. The ire was based on the assumptions that (#1) Worley will be completely healthy for 2013, (#2) will continue to have success with his high-ratio of called strikes, (#3) that May is still a starter, (#4) that May is still the Phillies top prospect, and (#5) that May will be a top-tier starter. Unfortunately for the Twins, a lot of those are gambles that may not break in their favor and they gave up a 24-year old center fielder with the fourth-most range, was third in the MLB in steals, is the second-best base runner in the Majors, and doesn’t strike out.

Keeping those things in mind, I was shocked yesterday to see the haul that was exchanged in the three-way deal that saw Shin-Soo Choo end up with the Cincinnati Reds. Choo, 30, was a target of the Phillies earlier this offseason per reports from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is coming off a bounce-back year in 2012 and is entering his third year of arbitration eligibility, coming off a season where he got paid $4.9 million and is due for a bump. Choo’s play in 2012 was worth 2.6 fWAR, or $11.7 million, per FanGraphs in right field – conversely, Revere was worth 3.4 WAR, or $15.2 million, in center, higher than B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino, Yoenis Cespedes, Dexter Fowler, and others. For less in prospects, and likely around $5 million less in payroll after Choo’s arbitration hearing, the Phillies picked up a better player and, more importantly, a better center fielder.

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Phils Trade From Depth

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, December 09, 2012 05:45 PM Comments: 4

As you read here on Saturday, Rangers veteran Michael Young waived his no-trade clause, approving a deal to the Phillies, who sent two righty hurlers to Texas.  The 36-year-old Young, slated to be the Phillies’ everyday third baseman next season, is a seven-time All-Star and career .301/.347/.444 hitter.  With those credentials, he commanded a quality return, as the Rangers acquired reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla.

Lisalberto BonillaPhillies fans got a sizable sampling of Lindblom last season, after he was acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade.  The 25-year-old posted a 1-3 record with 1 save, a 1.53 WHIP and a 4.63 ERA in 26 games for the Phils.  Often critiqued for being a fly ball pitcher, Lindblom was not seen as being an ideal type to dominate at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

With Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont, Mike Stutes and several other names all having strong reliever make ups and being a similar age to Lindblom or younger, the club didn’t hesitate to move the former 2nd round draft selection to help fill a spot in the daily lineup.

The youngster given up in this deal, Bonilla, is a strong prospect that would have represented the Phillies in the MLB All-Star Futures Game last season, if he hadn’t injured himself while horsing around at the hotel in Kansas City that weekend.

The Dominican native first began to make his name known in 2011 as a member of the Class A Lakewood staff.  In 26 outings that season (15 starts), Bonilla, who stands 6-foot-1 and is listed generously by the Phillies at 175-pounds, sported a 2.80 ERA while striking out 95 batters and walking 29 in 106 innings pitched.  He followed that up with a great campaign in 2012 Continue reading Phils Trade From Depth


Amaro’s Patience This Offseason Should Be Praised

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, December 05, 2012 04:30 PM Comments: 49

Think back to last offseason. Armed with a sizable budget, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. couldn’t contain himself. He just had to spend. Jonathan Papelbon was the fortunate benefactor of Amaro’s generosity.

At the time, the deal was met with much criticism. Papelbon was, no doubt, a very talented closer with an established record of success. But the $50M deal Amaro gave him was the largest in guaranteed money ever given to a closer. Instead of waiting out the market, Amaro, in a fit of imprudence, had set it. As effective closers with a lesser pedigree signed much smaller deals, it became clear that the Papelbon deal was an overpay.

Now think back to April 2010, when an overzealous Amaro gave Ryan Howard a massive contract more than two years before he would hit the open market. Once again, instead of waiting out the market for a player, Amaro had established it.

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The Interesting Phillies Offseason That Has Been

Posted by Eric Seidman, Wed, December 05, 2012 12:38 PM Comments: 18

The Phillies entered the offseason with a clear need at a premium position and a number of players to choose from. These weren’t just stopgaps or part-time players, either, as the list of free agent centerfielders included Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino.

Including conceivable trade targets like Denard SpanPeter Bourjos, Dexter Fowler and Chris Young (prior to the Oakland deal) the Phillies had plenty of options. Their decision was going to boil down to available resources and the way in which they decided to allocate them among other perceived needs like third base, the corner outfield spots, and the bullpen. Everything was connected.

Signing Upton to a lucrative deal would likely rule out the additional signing of a corner outfielder. Signing Hamilton would help in the interim but would cost a pretty penny for an aging player who won’t play up the middle in two years. He would also cost a first-round pick and effectively rule out spending any money at third base or the bullpen.

Acquiring a centerfielder via trade would mean parting ways with prospects. That isn’t a big deal, but if one of those prospects is a starting pitcher close to major-league ready, the Phillies wouldn’t have them should one of the Big Three get hurt, should Kyle Kendrick turn into a pumpkin, or should the league catch up with Vance Worley.

Everything is connected, but the latter point is perhaps the most interesting. Despite the aforementioned uncertainties surrounding the starting rotation, none of myself, Corey, Pat or Ian discussed any related moves in our offseason plans. No starting pitchers were even mentioned, because the rotation is still quite strong, and there were more pressing needs elsewhere. We weren’t advocating a complete disregard of the rotation, but rather hoping that the front office solved the outfield issues, first and foremost.

Now that several players are off of the board, the entire landscape of the Phillies’ offseason has changed, and it seems that they may have missed out on some good opportunities as a result. The offseason is far from over, and the Phillies can still make improvements in various areas, but it’s hard to spin what has happened so far in a positive way.

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Hot Stove: 2012 Winter Meetings, Tuesday Afternoon

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, December 04, 2012 04:25 PM Comments: 17

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/28535.png&w=350&h=254Phils, Mariners In On Bourn

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Phillies are “in” on Michael Bourn. It was also reported today that the one major free agent the Mariners had not been interested in, Bourn, was contacted through agent Scott Boras today. In the recap from yesterday, the suddenly-aggressive Mariners had been linked to just about everyone. We also learned today that the Mariners have touched base with the Diamondbacks regarding Jason Kubel.

Hamilton Close with Rangers, Mariners Still in Mix

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports Tweeted Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are getting closer on a four-year agreement, noting that it is possible another team could still beat their offer. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports Tweeted the Mariners still believe they have a chance to sign Hamilton.

Red Sox Lead Three Team Pack to Sign Victorino

The Red Sox have emerged as favorites to sign Shane Victorino via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Victorino has reportedly been offered a three year deal worth $38 million from the Red Sox. The Indians and an unknown team are also heavily in the mix.

Nats Get Deeper Staff, Sign Haren

The Nationals added Dan Haren today on a one year, $13 million deal. Haren, 32, is coming off an uncharacteristically average 2012 but adds further depth to the reigning NL East champions.

Giants Seek Affordable Corner Outfielders

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported that now that the Giants have secured the services of Angel Pagan, their attention has turned to Nick Swisher. Davidoff notes that Swisher may be out of their budget so the Giants may turn to more affordable options like Jerry Harriston or Ryan Ludwick.


2012 Winter Meetings – Day 1 Recap

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, December 04, 2012 09:22 AM Comments: 6

The market for Hamilton is getting clearer. Photo: AP

Market For Hamilton Becoming Clearer

We learned yesterday that the Red Sox, Brewers, and Phillies are all on the sidelines, biding their time for Josh Hamilton while the Mariners have met with Hamilton the most recent. Jayson Stark Tweeted that the Phillies interest in Hamilton is “wary“. Jim Bowden of ESPN doesn’t think the Yankees should be counted out while Ken Rosenthal has heard that the Rangers have been the most aggressive suitor for Hamilton.

Pagan Gone

The Giants and center fielder Angel Pagan came to a four-year, $40 million contract agreement yesterday. We talked a bit about that here. Later in the day, Jim Salisbury of CSN reported that the Phillies don’t believe Michael Bourn‘s profile as a player is the best fit, that Cody Ross could be a good corner fit, and that they are “lukewarm” on a Shane Victorino reunion. We learned yesterday that Victorino has multiple three-year contract offers and at least one four-year offer on the table. Salisbury also reported that Ruben Amaro thinks the preferred method of acquiring a center fielder is via free agency rather than engaging in a trade.

Third Base

Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies were linked to Michael Young. Young is due $16 million for 2013 and was statistically the least valuable first baseman in baseball last year. This is not good news.

Granderson Now Available Via Trade

Buster Olney Tweeted yesterday that Curtis Granderson is available via trade. Granderson had a sharp increase in power but a sharp decrease in plate discipline (Ks up, BBs down) in 2012. The 31-year old center fielder is in the final year of his deal and is due approximately $15 million in 2013. Keep your eye on this one as a match for the Phillies. Continue reading 2012 Winter Meetings – Day 1 Recap


Hot Stove: Winter Meetings, Monday Afternoon

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, December 03, 2012 03:52 PM Comments: 34

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/6488.png&w=350&h=254Lot of news coming from the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Here are the topics that are catching our eye:

Center Field: Looking to Trade?

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly is reporting that the Phillies have maintained their interest in Dexter Fowler and Peter Bourjos as trade targets. With the departure of Torii Hunter, Bourjos is now projected to be a starting outfielder for the Angels.

… or maybe a signing? Not Pagan.

Scratch Pagan off the list. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Giants are close to re-signing Angel Pagan. UPDATE: The Giants have re-signed Pagan for four years, $40 million. Rosenthal was reporting that the Giants and Phillies continue to vie for Angel Pagan. Rosenthal believed both clubs see Cody Ross as a possible fall-back option even though Ross and Pagan have different skill sets.

Of note, according to Jon Heyman, Shane Victorino is being pursued by at least seven teams and has several multi-year offers on the table, including some three-year offers and one four-year offer.

Ichiro Update

Salisbury confirmed in his reporting that Ichiro and the Phillies have engaged in talks but it is unclear who reached out to who.

Swisher Waiting

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com is reporting that Nick Swisher may wait until Josh Hamilton signs before committing to a club.

Getting “Young”er at Third

Salisbury noted that Michael Young is being looked at by the Phillies as a possible solution at third. Young has statistically been one of the worst third baseman in the Majors and has not provided positive defensive value in the infield since 2006. Young was worth -1.4 WAR and hit .277/.312/.370 with 8 HR last year and is scheduled to make $16 million in 2013.


Hot Stove: Enter Ichiro, Figgins?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, December 02, 2012 10:15 PM Comments: 4

Ichiro is reaching out to other teams and Jon Heyman thinks the Phillies are one of them.

Ichiro Prefers New York But is Tired of Waiting

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported today that Ichiro has begun to reach out to teams other than the Yankees and stated in a Tweet that the Phillies “could be one“. The incredibly durable outfielder was pretty bad defensively in a small stretch in center for the Yankees but played above-average to elite defense in his normal corner positions for them. Ichiro has averaged 159 games played in 12 Major League seasons and hit .283/.307/.390 for Seattle and New York, a tick below his Hall of Fame worthy .322/.365/.419 line. Ichiro had been waiting until the Yankees had finished signing their pitchers first, which reportedly is their method of conducting off-season business. This is the first time this off-season that Ichiro has been connected to any team other than the Yankees.

Opinion: Ichiro would be an upgrade in either right or left but may be a liability in center defensively. Ichiro, in my opinion, is an every day Major League player, even at age 38 and one I’m rooting for to reach 3,000 hits (2,606). That said, I would rather give the keys to right to Domonic Brown, take my chances with Darin Ruf in left, and fill in the blank in center.

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