Posts Tagged ‘trade’

Good Riddance

July 30th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Good Riddance | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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We all know by now that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been traded to the Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. I would have written this more than 24 hours ago, but I’ve been busy celebrating.

Quantitatively speaking, Papelbon has been the best closer in Philadelphia’s history.  His ERA while here was 2.31, and he boasted an impressive 9.5 K/9. Pap also recorded 123 saves in 138 opportunities, and even I can’t dispute that kind of success.

My issue with Papelbon has always been the same, and it’s the reason I’m ecstatic to see him leave so he can help Werth and Harper form the Triple Crown of Hillbilly Trash in DC. Jonathan Papelbon’s attitude has always been, and will likely continue to be, pure garbage. He’s the first to place blame on teammates, blatantly disrespect anyone in his path, and run his mouth to the media. I’m pretty sure we all remember his “I didn’t come here for this” rant when Papelbon began making his desire to leave Philadelphia very public.

I’d rather have a closer who couldn’t save a game if his life depended on it, but at least pretends to be a team player. Impressive statistics or not, Papelbon was grossly overpaid for his one job – securing three outs – and I won’t miss him.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Pap … or, y’know, let it. I don’t mind. Either way, just get out of my city and go practice your Natitude.

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Matching Up With The Rangers?

July 28th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Matching Up With The Rangers? | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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As we make our way towards the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline on Friday, the names of possible destinations will emerge and subside. As Sam Shipley pointed out, and has continuously updated, the teams involved in Hamels Watch include the Dodgers, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Cubs, Yankees, and Astros with the Rangers currently the front-runners to acquire Hamels. One of Ken Rosenthal’s sources with inside knowledge of the Rangers organization states that outfielder Nomar Mazara is off-limits in any deal and that injured catcher Jorge Alfaro is only an option if the Phillies pay down Hamels’ future salary commitments. To me, this is just posturing on the Rangers end. I’ve agreed with Rosenthal in the past that Cole Hamels’ value is what other teams are willing to pay, but lets look honestly into what the Rangers are “refusing” to part with.

Nomar Mazara would obviously be the center piece to the deal. He is hitting .284/.355/.444 as a 20-year-old in AA Frisco. He will not be 21 until next April, so even if the Phillies left him in AA the rest of the season and/or promoted him to AAA between now and 2016, he’d realistically be a late June call-up of next year, at the earliest. Scouting reports grade him out having an above average arm and above average to well above average power. He would definitely be the left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup with Maikel Franco for the forseeable future.

For me, the secondary piece in this deal should be outfielder Lewis Brinson. The 21-year-old is currently hitting .327/.411/.588 in High A High Desert in the California League. Brinson won’t be 22 until next May and has graded out as having above average power, speed, and fielding abilities. What makes him not a center piece is that the California League tends to inflate players’ stats. The last “center piece” the Phillies acquired that played in the California League during his age 21 season? Tyson Gillies hit .340/.430/.486 before being traded and has had just one season since that he hit over .247. If acquired, I’d like to see Brinson move directly to AA Reading and let him sink or swim there the rest of 2015 and into 2016.

For as much promise as Jorge Alfaro boasts, he suffered a severe left ankle injury at the beginning of June that required surgery. An injury to the ankle that requires surgery is generally a broken bone or a ligament injury. I’m speculating that ligament is the problem as a broken bone would just simply be reported. Ankle ligament surgery is a rather lengthy process to recover from. Being that the surgery was performed in June, Alfaro can’t even start light exercising until September or resume baseball activities until January. Basically, Alfaro would most likely be behind heading into Spring Training. To basically say that Alfaro is a deal breaker is ludicrous as he will lose the best part of a year in development time.

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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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Should the Sixers pursue Kevin Love?

June 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Should the Sixers pursue Kevin Love? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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Per USA Today, Timberwolves’ star forward Kevin Love is involved in trade talks with the Warriors, potentially for forward David Lee, shooting guard Klay Thompson, and a future first-round pick. That’s Minnesota general manager Milt Newton’s proposal to Golden State’s GM Bob Myers. It’s Myers’ call at this point on whether or not to approve or nix the proposal.

And if he doesn’t, or if things remain the same anyway due to various circumstances, does Sixers’ GM Sam Hinkie get involved then in potentially acquiring the All-Star forward?

It will take a lot, and rightfully so considering the talent level of Love, to acquire Love from Minnesota; but the Sixers have adequate pieces in order to be in the hunt to pursue him. Perhaps more than any team in the NBA at the moment does. This year’s upcoming draft — which will air a week from today at the Barclays Center in New York — the 76ers have two first-round picks; both within the top 10, including the third-overall pick; five second-round picks, and seven picks total spanning the first two rounds. That’s a ton of picks for any team to select from, in terms of mapping out a return piece(s) in a trade.

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The Phillies’ five-for-one trade for Von Hayes in 1982, was it a good or bad one?

May 18th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

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Many Philadelphia fans, sports analysts, and writers, that were around over 30 years ago, remember the “five-for-one” trade involving future-Phillie Von Hayes. Hayes was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round of the 1979 MLB amateur draft as an infielder. He split his time primarily, throughout his career, playing the infield and outfield; within numerous positions there, as well as a designated hitter.

Hayes spent a total of nine years with Philadelphia, hitting .272/.363/.427/.789 with 124 home-runs, 568 RBIs, and 202 stolen bases. He made the 1989 NL All-Star team at center field; the lone All-Star-Game appearance in his 12-year career; going 1/1 in his only at-bat, off of another former-Phillie in Dan Plesac, with an RBI off the bench.

Now, after giving you ample background on Hayes’ career, let’s evaluate the trade itself, and whether or not it was a good or bad one in hindsight.

First off, I’ll start by giving you the details. The trade involved Hayes of Cleveland for Jay Baller, Julio Franco, Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, and Jerry Willard. It occurred on December 9th of 1982, and was orchestrated on the Phillies’ end of things by the late-great Phillies’ GM Paul Owens. It also occurred (a day short of being exactly) 10 months prior to the ’83-Phillies winning the NL pennant and losing in the ’83 World Series to Baltimore.

Hayes, in his only-two post-season series, went just 0/5 in limited action during the ’83 playoffs for Philadelphia vs. the Dodgers and Orioles. He served the team mostly in a pinch-hitting or defensive-replacement role.

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Will Rollins Stay or Go?

March 18th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | 3 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Multiple sources recently have speculated and alluded to the chance that Phillies’ veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be moved sometime this upcoming season, depending upon attitude adjustments from Rollins, or a lack thereof.

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Rollins has vehemently expressed continuously that he’d like to stay put, especially to (eventually) become the Phillies’ all-time franchise hits leader. He’s currently ranked fourth all-time among team leaders in hits with 2175, just 59 hits behind Mike Schmidt, who leads the franchise with 2234 career hits. Rollins is also chasing two outfielders in Ed Delahanty and Richie Ashburn. J-Roll is 38 hits behind Delahanty and 42 behind Ashburn, the latter of which is second all-time to Schmidt by a deficit of just 17.

This is the primary reason for which Rollins wants to stay in Philadelphia; to break Schmidt’s record. With his signature laid back approach, he expressed to CSN Philly’s Phillies’ insider Jim Salisbury that it would be an honor, and a feat that only 30 men in MLB history have accomplished, considering the amount of teams within the league.

“There’s only 30 guys that are their team’s leader in hits.” “It’s a pretty high honor.”

As arguably the best shortstop in team history, Rollins has been a fixture at the six spot since making his Major League debut as a September call-up for the team in 2000. He debuted on September 17th, in a 6-5 Phillies’ victory over divisional rival Florida, with his first Major League at-bat coming against Marlins’ starting pitcher Chuck Smith (the former drew a walk and scored a run as well on a two-run Bobby Abreu home run). Irony at its finest: Abreu gave Rollins his first ever run, and 14 years later, albeit on two different occasions, the two are teammates.

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Could A-Rod Be Changing His Pinstripes?

October 19th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Could A-Rod Be Changing His Pinstripes? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Sports

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One of the biggest whirlwind discussions of the offseason will be the Opening Day location of Alex Rodriguez. While Rodriguez himself has stated he will not ask for a trade and that he intends to be in New York, rumors have surfaced that the future Hall of Famer would be willing to accept a trade to another large market. Rodriguez’ contract still has $114 M of guaranteed money remaining over the next five seasons, it also has $4 M in signing bonus (that I’d presume the Yankees are responsible for regardless) plus another potential $30 M in marketing if he passes Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds. Rodriguez currently sits 13 behind Mays for fourth all-time.

Immediately, you can eliminate New York as the Mets will likely lock up David Wright. The Dodgers are a possibility, but how far over the luxury tax are they willing to go? The Angels could be a fit, but I’m not sure they are in the market for a third baseman. But who knows, no one thought they were in the market for C.J. Wilson AND Albert Pujols last year. Does anyone really see either Chicago team as a viable destination, because I really don’t. So wouldn’t that make Philadelphia the largest market with a potential need at third base? And more importantly, should Philadelphia be interested in acquiring the aging slugger?

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