Posts Tagged ‘Ruben Amaro’

Source: Papelbon-Red Sox Reunion In The Works

April 28th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Source: Papelbon-Red Sox Reunion In The Works | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports

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It’s been the worst-kept secret in baseball, that the Phillies are in a rebuild mode. Through trading veterans like Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd, to making guys like Chase Utley and Jonathan Papelbon available, Ruben Amaro is trying to make a last-ditch effort to save his job. The season has gotten off to a rocky start both on and off the field, as the trade market for the Phillies have fallen flat. Well, the Phillies luck may be changing.

On Monday afternoon, Nick Cafardo made mention in his article on www.bostonglobe.com, that the Phillies were attempting to get Boston back on the hook for their former brother Jonathan Papelbon.  Cafardo was quoted as saying “Right now, and it may change, we’re not sure the Red Sox have a closer they can depend on. Koji Uehara’s velocity is down about 3 miles per hour across the board with his splitter and fastball. The Phillies are trying to hook the Red Sox on bringing back Jonathan Papelbon.”

This makes sense for both squads on many levels.  Starting with Boston, it helps makes the Red Sox a better team.  First off , Papelbon is not only better than Uehara (even if it’s by a slight margin), but he also solidifies the position better than Uehara would. Secondly, Pap had his best seasons up in “Beantown”. In six seasons as a Red Sox, Papelbon tallied 219 total saves, and averaged a 2.33 ERA over that span.  His strikeout/per-9 inning rate was 10.7 , which is over 1 point higher than his average over three seasons in Philly.

Next, we move to how it would benefit the Phillies.  For starters, they would be clearing an insane amount of money off of their payroll, by removing Papelbon’s $13 Million salary. This would give the Phils more payroll flexibility, and further establish their rebuild.  It would also help pave a clear path for young stud Ken Giles to rise to stardom. Giles has proven many times last season, that he has the stuff of a future elite closer.  Giles would’ve likely served as the Phils closer from opening day, had it not been for Papelbon blocking his path.  A trade would be hugely beneficial to the career of Giles.

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Hamels Watch: Contenders, Expectations

February 20th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Hamels Watch: Contenders, Expectations | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

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Every day that Cole Hamels remains a Phillie, is a game of Russian Roulette. The Phillies need to move what could potentially be the steal of the offseason. It’s garnering more and more national attention, especially after Hamels’ comments about wanting to play for a contender and Philly not being one. Yesterday, MLB.com’s Jim Duquette listed the Red Sox, Cardinals, Padres, and Cubs as the top contenders for acquiring Hamels. The Red Sox were still the favorite with the remaining interested but not seemingly holding him a priority.

To be perfectly honest, the worst thing that happened to Cole Hamels’ value was Billy Beane. Last summer, when Billy Beane sent Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs as the center piece to a deal for Jeff Samardzija, Amaro immediately got his hopes up for acquiring a super elite prospect for Hamels. The truth is, basically any prospect that is in the top 30 of all players, should basically be forgotten. No on Swihart, Bryant, Russell, and possibly even Henry Owens, depending on your source material. It’s very rare that a top 30 prospect gets moved in any type of deal and for good reason. The risk is too high.

I’ve stated multiple times that with the state of the Phillies farm, they need to focus on a balance between quality and quantity. Instead of focusing on a top 25 ranked player, how about two top 100 ranked players with at least one being in the top 50? With the Red Sox, it’s apparent that Swihart and Betts are off limits, but why not start with Owens and Margot, add Vazquez and Cecchini, and if the Phillies don’t want subsidize any of Hamels’ contract, take back OF Allen Craig. That’s $26.5M guaranteed with an other $12M possible if the Phillies pick up his team option.

The Padres and Cubs seem to be out of the running, in my opinion. While Hedges is great defensively, he hasn’t proven he can be a starting major league caliber catcher. Renfroe hasn’t met a pitch he wouldn’t swing at. I understand why the Phillies balked at that offer. Asking for Bryant or Russell from the Cubs is laughable. Especially if the Phillies asked for the Cubs to pick up all of Hamels’ contract.  Soler is an attractive piece, but has yet to prove he can be healthy for an entire season.

So that leaves the Cardinals. Carlos Martinez definitely has the stuff to be in a major league rotation and St. Louis doesn’t seem to have a spot for him before trading for Hamels. However, Wacha and Wainwright are both coming off of injuries, so who’s to say Martinez doesn’t make that rotation out of necessity. I’d definitely look to center any deal with the Cardinals around Martinez and Piscotty. From there, if you could land a Reyes and/or Gonzales, I don’t see how you could say no.

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Let The Awkwardness Begin

February 19th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Let The Awkwardness Begin | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The circus is rolling into town and we’re officially previewing the entertainment. Cole Hamels has all but asked to leave Philadelphia. He spoke to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and was quoted, “I want to go to a place where I can win again” and “I know it’s not going to happen here.” It truly isn’t amazing how much Amaro has been able to blunder this offseason up. From publicly announcing on sports talk radio that the Phillies would be better off without Ryan Howard to the whole Hamels debacle to just the overall inability properly rebuild initiate a rebuild. The only silver lining to all of this is further proof that the Phillies HAVE to remove Amaro from power by season’s end, if not sooner.

Peter Gammons also recently chimed in on the Red Sox-Phillies rumors, stating that short of the Red Sox pitching situation changing, the Phillies are going to have to reconsider their stance on subsidizing a part of Hamels’ contract. Which is was an expected outcome to everyone outside of the Phillies. Even back at the Winter Meetings, Ken Rosenthal was on MLB Network stating that no matter what the Phillies thought Hamels’ value is, his value is only what other teams are willing to give. As I’ve stated before, if the Phillies are content holding Hamels to the trade deadline, then they should be content in subsidizing $15M at the minimum.

The best part is, this is just the beginning. Hamels is gonna keep getting asked similar questions. Ryan Howard is going to be asked about Amaro’s comments. Jonathan Papelbon will be Jonathan Papelbon. So Spring Training is definitely going to be a three-ring circus and Ruben Amaro will be the ringmaster.

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Montgomery Takes Medical Leave, Amaro On The Outs?

September 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Montgomery Takes Medical Leave, Amaro On The Outs? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio, Twitter

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Thursday was yet another sad day for the Phillies organization. Not even a week following the death of owner “Sally” Buck, the team announced that President David Montgomery is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, to focus on his recovery from jaw cancer. During Montgomery’s absence, the team announced that former Phillies GM Pat Gillick will oversee the team’s day-to-day operations. If Montgomery does not return before the start of the offseason, it may be up to Gillick to determine the future of organizational employees, both on and off the field. Since Montgomery’s surgery for his cancer back in May, concerns have arisen that he may eventually step down, sooner rather than later. If he was to take a permanent leave, one would assume that Gillick would take over as the Phillies’ president. Montgomery, who has been a co-owner of the team since 1981, could be in for a bit of a change when/if he returns. While Montgomery has made it clear, that Amaro is “not in the hot seat”, it remains to be seen what Gillick’s feelings towards Amaro are.

Amaro, who took over as GM for Gillick just days after the 2008 World Series, has not exactly used Gillick’s team building skills as a blueprint for his tenure in Philly. Gillick was never one for making “flashy trades”, and “free-agent splashes”, as he was more focused on “home-grown talent” making their mark in the organization. Gillick and Amaro took different paths in their tenures, based on their organizational moves. During Gillick’s tenure, the team essentially remained the same every year. Gillick never truly made a “blockbuster move”, as his transactions were primarily to provide team depth, and make way for younger, up-and-coming players like Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino.

Meanwhile, Amaro has made his name off of “blockbuster moves”, acquiring the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence. While some of those moves worked out well, Amaro did his best to distance himself from Gillick’s blueprint of growing talent from within. It wasn’t until just recently, that Amaro re-adopted that blueprint. Due to the constant shuffling within the clubhouse, the team was never really able to build much “team chemistry”, and hasn’t been able to reach the pinnacle of baseball, since Gillick left.

The takeaway from this article, is that Montgomery’s absence, could make for a bigger storyline going into the winter, and possibly even further down the line. If Gillick is to become Montgomery’s successor as team president, I foresee significant organizational changes, starting at the top. Whether it be Montgomery or Gillick at the helm this time next season, I strongly feel that we’ll have a new General Manager not named Ruben Amaro Jr.

 

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With Phillies’ Golden Era Over, It’s Time to Sell Assets and Rebuild

July 2nd, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on With Phillies’ Golden Era Over, It’s Time to Sell Assets and Rebuild | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

We had it darn good for several years, Phillies fans: a packed ballpark almost every night, a trio of best-in-franchise-history position players in the lineup each game, postseason excitement every fall – even a World Series title, the first one in a generation. Those days are now fading nearly as fast as a Ken Giles heater.

Yes, from 2007 thru 2011, attending a Phillies game was a real treat – Ryan Howard knocking home runs to every section of the outfield stands, Jimmy Rollins backing up 83274804CC097_World_Series_his “We’re the team to beat” proclamation, Chase Utley proving that he is indeed “the man,” Cole Hamels blossoming into one of the game’s top southpaws, and closer Brad Lidge capping a perfect 2008 season with that never-to-be-forgotten, down-on-his-knees exultation on the pitcher’s mound, arms and eyes skyward, in reaction to the Phils’ first World Series win in 28 years.

Five straight postseason appearances. Back-to-back trips to the Fall Classic. A franchise-record 102 wins in 2011. Yep, 2011 – a mere three years ago.

Of course, in 2011, Utley’s knees were still pretty healthy, the “big piece” at first base was still one of the most feared sluggers in the game, Roy Halladay took the mound every fifth day and could be counted on to go seven or eight innings, no problem. And the Phils’ defense was among the best in the sport during most of those glory years.

What a difference a few years makes. Halladay and Lidge are now retired, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez are long gone, and all of the other core players from 2011 still with the team – Howard, Utley, Rollins and catcher Carlos Ruiz – are three years older and showing it. Skipper Charlie Manuel was fired nearly a year ago, a scapegoat for a fading, underperforming squad – replaced by Ryne Sandberg, whose 2014 club may well finish with an even worse record than last year’s sad 73-89 campaign.

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The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best)

October 6th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best) | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The fall of 2008 was a happy time for Philadelphia Phillies fans. Jimmy Rollins’ prophecy of being the team to beat had finally come true, and Pat Gillick’s genius shined thru and brought the team’s second world title in franchise history. We were on top of the world. As the future Hall of Famer stepped aside from the game, Ruben Amaro seemed primed to be next in line to take over the reigning World Champions. Since then, Amaro returned the Phillies to the World Series, but luck (and health), has not been on the team’s side. In the meantime, let’s look at the top ten moves the current GM has made to keep this team successful. (more…)

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The Man Behind The Curtain

May 24th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Man Behind The Curtain | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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by Michael Haftman

Why is Ruin Tomorrow Sooner…..I mean Ruben Amaro Junior, the general manager of this team? What did/does he do to make him the most qualified to be in his position? In 2008, it really seemed as if the Phillies were down to two options as Pat Gillick’s successor: Amaro and Mike Arbuckle. While Amaro literally worked his way up from bat boy to player to front office representative, Arbuckle did his fair share of work. Arbuckle had been a scout since before Amaro was shaving. So with literally 30 years of evaluation under his belt, what held back Arbuckle? He obviously had a reputation within the league, as he was hired literally days after resigning from his position with the Phillies.

One has to wonder where this franchise would be if the choice was different. Would there have been another championship? Would the farm be in such a state of disarray? Like the reasoning behind the choice four and a half years ago, the world will never know. Ultimately, I think it’ll be a choice this franchise will regret, and with each season that passes, and each prospect traded away for a band aid, this franchise will fall deeper and deeper into baseball obscurity.

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