Posts Tagged ‘trades’

A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports
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Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Welcome to the part one of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to part one. 

The run of luck has finally come to an end, as the Flyers season has closed in what some may consider to be disappointment. On the other hand, I tend to look at the glass half-full. Yes, they lost in the playoffs. Although, it was at the hands of the league’s best team in the Washington Capitals. This is a team that wasn’t even thought of for a playoff spot back in September, yet they fought their way to the postseason. It goes to show the heart that this team has, and that the future is bright for the Flyers Organization.

With that said, there are some negatives to take away from this postseason. The main takeaway was their power-play. Any time a team goes 1-23 on the man advantage, they’ll have a hard time finding a way to win. While their struggles on the man-advantage was well-documented, they did find a way to almost force a game 7. Following their 6-1 defeat in game 3, Dave Hakstol decided it was time to give Michael Neuvirth a shot between the pipes. From there, Neuvirth stopped every shot he faced, except for two. Who would’ve figured that the one goal he allowed would be the series-clincher. That said, none of the blame can fall on anyone for their game 6 loss. Braden Holtby just stood on his head, and stopped the Flyers on every shot he faced. They gave it a great effort, but came up just short in crunch-time.

Another major takeaway from this series, was the fact that Philly was physically dominated by the Capitals. Sure, the hits may tell a different stat, but Washington was able to bully their way past anyone on the Flyers team. The Flyers severely lacked in the physicality department, and that’s simply because they are an undersized team. There’s not one offensive player aside from Sean Couturier that is taller than 6’2″. Making matters worse, there are only five players that are north of 200 lbs. While both of those facts weren’t in the Flyers favor, there was really only one reason why they fell to the Caps. This team lacks offensive talent. There’s a fair amount of talent back on the blue line, but up front we’re severely depleted. We were clearly out-played from a talent aspect.


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The Window

June 23rd, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Window | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Brown is the youngest position player on the team

The Phillies current roster features just three position players under the age of 30: Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and Michael Martinez. Brown is still proving himself and Francisco and Martinez shouldn’t be starters for a AAA team. Jimmy Rollins (32) and Raul Ibanez (39) are free agents at the end of the season and relieve the Phillies of roughly 20 million dollars of salary commitment. Half of that basically goes to a Cliff Lee’s raise. Jimmy Rollins may be offered arbitration due to his low salary, but I have a better chance of being signed to a team than Ibanez’ chances of receiving an arbitration offer.

Shane Victorino (30), Placido Polanco (35), and Carlos Ruiz (32) could all potentially be free agents after 2012. Polanco and Ruiz both have options for 2013 and it is very possible both get picked up. Chase Utley’s last year of his contract is 2013, but in a recent post, we discussed if the Phillies may try to trade him before the end of his contract. (more…)

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Offensive Woes Continue

June 3rd, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Offensive Woes Continue | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Phillies, yet again, were unable to string hits together when they need them to give the starters any kind of run support as they lose to the Pirates 2-1. Hamels was brilliant throwing eight innings in which he allowed one hit and just one run, yet the Phillies lineup couldn’t give him his eighth win of the season. The question is where do you go to fix the problem now that everyone is back and more importantly how long do you wait to make an attempt to fix it?

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Jimmy Rollins’ defense makes up for his offensive deficiencies, but at this point I would imagine that the Phillies strongly need to consider how much sense it makes to have Rollins return for 2012 and beyond. Raul Ibanez’ numbers look horrible following a horrendous April but he is hitting over .300 with an onbase percentage over .330 since May 1st.

Outside of Ross Gload, not one member of the bench is producing. Schneider, Martinez, Francisco, and Valdez are all hitting under .242, with Valdez being the only one of those four hitting over .225. Maybe what the Phillies need to add isn’t a superstar regular, but a “superstar” off the bench. Someone who is going to be able to come off the bench and get on base. Preferably it would be a right handed bat that could play the infield, making Michael Martinez returnable. A couple of guys I would like to see minor trades for are:

  • Emmanuel Burriss – SF Giants – 2B/SS/3B – .286/.286/.286 – Not a masher, but has been able to get on base. Hasn’t drawn a walk, but has only struck out four times in thirty five at bats. Is in his third year of service time, so will be retainable for atleast two more seasons.
  • Brent Lillibridge – White Sox – 2B/SS/LF/CF/RF – .308/.387/.662 – Has cooled off batting average wise, but his batting average is still hovering right around .300. Is he having a career year or finally coming into his own. Still has less than two years of service time so would be retainable for another 3 years or so.
  • Jeff Keppinger – Astros – 1B/2B/SS/3B/LF/RF – .385/,407/.577 – Keppinger has been hitting out of his mind since coming off of January foot surgery. Eventually he will probably come down to his career average of .283, but he still would be an asset as he is not susceptible to the strikeout. He has zero thru his first 26 at bats this season 93 times since 2007. He has one last year of arbitration to keep thru 2012.


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Countdown to Opening Day: 43 Days

February 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown to Opening Day: 43 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

On the day after Albert Pujols and the Cardinals failed to reach an extension, life goes on. I know its hard, but we’ll find a way (sarcasm doesn’t translate well in text). While it is a hot topic and sports talk radio spent many an hour focusing on the potential of possibly convincing not only the Cardinals, but Pujols himself, to come to Philadelphia in a trade for Ryan Howard. As long as a deal could get worked out for an extension, I’d have no problem adding Pujols to the lineup as long as the cost isn’t much more than Howard.

 It would be win-win for both teams. Both teams would receive a slugging first baseman and chances are the Phillies would have to add a mid-level spec or two. Both teams would solve a “handedness” issue. The Cardinals, outside of Colby Rasmus, have no impact left handed hitters. The Phillies have no impact right handed hitters.

However, today I’d like to look at how Ruben Amaro Jr. has made out in trades since taking over as GM before the 2009 season. (more…)

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Curtis Granderson to the Yanks in Three Team Blockbuster

December 9th, 2009 by Johnny G | 17 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General


In a deal finalized Wednesday, the World Champion Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson in a three-team deal with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. In exchange for Granderson, the Tigers received left handed reliever Phil Coke, the Yankees’ best prospect in Austin Jackson, and Max Scherzer, and Daniel Schlereth from the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are set to receive Ian Kennedy from the Yankees and Edwin Jackson from the Tigers.

The Detroit Tigers came into this year’s winter meetings clearly attempting to dump some payroll, after being among the most disappointing and highest paid teams for the last several years. Although Granderson is a big name and former all star, at this point he is largely overrated. His platoon splits are almost unimaginable, hitting just .183 against left- handed pitching. The overall strategy at this point is to get younger and cheaper. Max Scherzer has ace potential and has impressive strikeout numbers at a very young age. If Scherzer develops as expected, a 1-2 punch of Verlander and Scherzer could make the Detroit Tigers very dangerous in the future. Austin Jackson was the best prospect in the Yankees farm system and depending on which scouts you speak with, may be a potential all star or a solid regular in the big leagues. Regardless, he is a valuable player to have because he is very close to being ready for a call up, has impressive speed, and hits for a solid amount of power. Daniel Schlereth, son of ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, was mostly used as a left -handed specialist last season for Arizona, but many scouts feel he could be a future closer. He is cut from the same cloth as Rays closer, J.P. Howell. He has a fringe fastball that hangs around 88-90 mph, but has an extremely effective changeup for a relief pitcher, and a sharp breaking curveball.

The Diamondbacks obviously get the short end of the stick in this deal as they receive Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson. Kennedy was formerly recognized as a solid prospect, partly due to the regular hype issued to all Yankees prospects, and because many in the Yankee organization thought of him as “gutsy”. At this point in his career, any team would be happy to get a 5thstarter out of Ian Kennedy, but even that seems unlikely at this point. Edwin Jackson had an unbelievable first half of the season for the Tigers, but by mid-season his command issues starting to surface, as his stuff alone was not enough to get big league hitters out. The Tigers also played it smart by dealing Jackson before his issues were exposed too badly. If you look at his numbers for last season as a whole, they are still pretty solid but his command issues will prove too much to overcome. At his age, it is also something that is unlikely to be correctable.

Finally, the Yankees received Curtis Granderson, who now solidifies the one weak spot that the Yankees team had, and that is centerfield. Melky Cabrera is not an everyday player and was only serviceable because of the overall strength of the Yankees lineup. Now that Melky will most likely be used as a fourth outfielder, the Yankees lineup gets even more dangerous. As a left-handed hitter with power in the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium, Granderson could conceivably put up 40 homeruns in 2010. His platoon splits will always be a major concern because of his extreme inability to hit left-handed pitching but the overall upgrade both offensively and defensively will improve the Yankees team tremendously.

Overall, this deal makes a lot of sense for both the Yankees and Tigers. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the Diamondbacks, who were completely robbed in this deal. They gave up a pitcher in Scherzer who is actually better, younger, and cheaper than Edwin Jackson, the pitcher they received in the deal. Ian Kennedy is basically a throw in with almost no value at this point and they gave up their ace in Scherzer, and a potential closer in the future in Schlereth. I think the Tigers got the best end of this deal though, followed by the Yankees who also did well for themselves.

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