Archive for the ‘Philadelphia Phillies’ Category

Wednesday February 16, 2011 Day in Review

February 16, 2011

Rickie Weeks and Brewers Reach 5-Year $50 Million Deal

Delmon Young Avoids Salary Arbitration with Twins

Placido Polanco Feels Big Difference in Surgically Repaired Elbow

Mets Owner Says He Won’t Sell Controlling Interest in Team

Scott Podsednik Signs Minor League Deal with Blue Jays

Orlando Cabrera Finalizes Deal with Indians

Nationals Say Bryce Harper won’t Play in Majors in 2011


Monday February 14, 2011 Day in Review

February 14, 2011

Albert Pujols and Cardinals Set Firm Negotiating Deadline for Wednesday.

Carlos Marmol Agrees to 3-Year Extension with Cubs

Jose Bautista and Blue Jays Closing on Long-Term Deal?

Charlie Manuel Wants New Contract Signed Before Regular Season Starts

Marlins Interested in Michael Young but Deal Unlikely

Sunday February 13, 2011 Day in Review

February 13, 2011

Carlos Marmol Contract Extension with Cubs Appears Imminent

Rickie Weeks Arbitration Hearing Scheduled for Thursday the 17th!/Ken_Rosenth

Billy Wagner Confirms Retirement

Erick Aybar Cleared for Spring Training After Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Knee Last October

Jered Weaver Has No Hard Feelings After Losing in Arbitration Case

Chad Durbin May Sign with Mariners

David Aardsma Two Weeks from Throwing

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Day in Review

February 9, 2011

John Heyman Tweets there is virtually no chance of Albert Pujols reaching a deal with the Cardinals by the reported deadline of February 16th.!/SI_JonHeyman/status/3

Wednesday Michael Young Notes

Yankees Reportedly Not Interested in Young!/Buster_ESPN/st

Phillies Reportedly Not Interested in Young

Justin Morneau Begins Hitting and Fielding Drills is reporting Joba Chamberlain will start 2011 in the Yankees bullpen.

Sergio Mitre will likely be the fifth starter on the Yankees depth chart going into Spring Training. It is safe to say Mitre will little margin for error in the starting rotation. If he falters early the Chamberlain to the starting rotation rumors are sure to start.

Ross Ohlendorf Wins Salary Arbitration Hearing Against Pirates

Afternoon Update Monday February 7th

February 7, 2011

Update on Michael Young Situation from Rangers and Rockies prospective.

Rangers Blog by T.R. Sullivan

Denver Post Article by Troy Renck

Ken Rosenthal is reporting Chad Durbin has turned down offers and will only consider offers from “contenders”

Carlos Delgado rehabbing in hopes of playing in 2011

Washington Nationals Paying Jayson Werth $126 Million Is Insanity

December 24, 2010

The Jayson Werth signing has been bothering me since it was announced.

I understand the Nationals are looking forward, and with the loss of Stephen Strasburg for 2011, they feel they need a big name to energize the fan base. They realize a great ballpark alone will not draw forever. When Nationals Park opened in 2008, the attendance was 29,000 per game. Since then, it has dropped to about 22,500 per game.

The Nationals’ front office and ownership realize that realistically, Bryce Harper has to be at least a couple of years and probably more away from contributing at the big league level. And although Stephen Strasburg seems to progressing with his rehab on schedule, the organization has to be holding its collective breath awaiting his anticipated return in 2012.

But committing a seven year, $126 million deal to a player who has played over 135 games only twice in his career? Really? And Werth is soon to be 32, folks. Not 22, but 32. Think about that. Werth has only had more than 420 at bats in a season twice in his career.

Werth was a very productive player the past two years in a loaded Phillies lineup. He spent the greater part of 2010 hitting fifth behind Ryan Howard. Everybody agrees Ryan Zimmerman is a very good player on the upside of his career, but Zimmerman and Werth cannot do it alone for the Nationals. Having Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond in the lineup is just not as intimidating to opposing pitchers as seeing a lineup with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

There should definitely be more opportunities to pitch around Werth and make him prove he can be patient in a less potent lineup. His average of 153 strikeouts the last two seasons is definitely reason for concern.

He will definitely have much more pressure to provide protection for teammates rather then receiving protection from guys like Howard and Ibanez. In short, he, along with Zimmerman, will be “the guys”. It will not be like it was on the Phillies where he was one good hitter among many. Guys like Utley, Howard, Rollins and Ibanez will no longer be there to pick up the slack.

With 75 extra base hits in 2010, Werth certainly played at the level of an $18 million player. But looking three or four years down the road, it’s hard to imagine a 36 year old Jayson Werth producing anywhere near the $18 million level.

Time will tell, as it always does. If Werth produces to his contract, Harper lives up to the hype, Strasburg recovers to his early 2010 form and Zimmerman signs an extension, the Nationals could be a force to be reckoned with in three or four years.

If the Nationals are not a team to be reckoned four years from now, Jayson Werth is sure to receive a great deal of the blame from fans.

Phillies Looking to Deal Joe Blanton?

December 22, 2010
It was reported last week that the Phillies were trying to trade Joe Blanton after the Cliff Lee signing. But those rumors quickly died down.

This morning Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting the Phillies are indeed looking to trade Joe Blanton.

Blanton is scheduled to make 8.5 million in 2011 and 2012 which might be considered a little below market value when compared to deals being signed this off season. It has been widely reported that the Phillies would try to trim payroll to help recover money alloted to Cliff Lee when they signed him last week.

Joe Blanton to Red Sox Deal Near?

December 14, 2010
Multiple sources are reporting the Phillies are close to dealing Joe Blanton to the Red Sox. The Cliff Lee signing has left the Phillies looking to cut salary in other places. 

Cliff Lee Signing Leads to Huge Hype for Phillies Big 4

December 13, 2010

With the announcement of Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies the hype of the Philles “Big 4” has already started. Comparisons are already being thrown around with the best rotations of the past 40+ years. Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine and insert Neagle-Avery etc. Dobson, Cuellar, Palmer and McNally.

Lets not forget the supposedly big bad unbeatable 4 lost a total of 5 games to the Giants in the 2010 postseason. Yes I am biased and yes the Giants were a hot team. But nobody will ever confuse the Giants for murders row. I know the thought of Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels sounds sexy but only Hamels owns a World Series ring.

The Phillies starting lineup is full of guys in their 30s. And Dominic Brown was reportedly sent home from winter ball after going 2-29. And don’t forget Jayson Werth and his 70+ extra base hits will have to be replaced.

So before we hand over the 2011 World Series Trophy or the National League Pennant lets consider a couple things.

Outside of Brad Lidge the Phillies bullpen is well, pretty terrible. Just ask Hudson, Mulder and Zito about their glory days with the A’s and how many wins a bad bullpen cost all of them.

The Braves are no joke. They were under appreciated in the 2010 Postseason. Hudson, Lowe and Hanson all pitched well and the Braves were a break or two away and a couple of Brooks Conrad errors away from knocking off the Giants in the NLDS.  With the addition of Dan Uggla and a very tough bullpen the Braves figure to be neck and neck with the Phillies all season in 2011.

And finally the Giants “Big 4”. Outside of Lincecum although not as established as the Phillies “Big 4′ are a force to be reckoned with. On any given day any of the four has the stuff to shut down anybody. Just ask the Rangers and their powerful lineup that was one Nelson Cruz game 5 swing away from being shut out 3 times in the World Series.

One thing for sure. 2011 is shaping up to be a very interesting season.

Phillies Win Cliff Lee Sweepstakes

December 13, 2010

There have been lots of erroneous Tweets about Cliff Lee tonight. But multiple sources are reporting the Rangers have been told Lee is going to sign with the Phillies. Deal with the Phillies is reported to be 5 years 100 million. It seems unbelievable Lee would leave 50 million on the table. The Lee signing would seem to make the Phillies prohibitive favorites in the National League next season.