Sunday, July 02, 2006
I have recently gone out on a limb, a big fat thick sturdy limb, and suggested that the Phillies start trying to get young by trading off proven veteran losers. By loser, I mean the inability to get Philadelphia to the playoffs. I would like to see all/some of the following list to be traded: Lieber, Lieberthal, Dellucci, Burrell, Abreu, Cormier, Rhodes, Lidle, Bell, Rowand, and/or Gordon. Now, before you jump down my throat and start questioning my "madness", please let me elaborate. First, Gordon has 2 years left on his contract after this season and has been outstanding thus far, but he's getting old and do we really need a lights-out closer when we're not contending? So, Gordon could reel in some real blue-chip prospects or Major League ready players. Burrell and Abreu each bring something to this team, but it's time one or both go. I'd miss both of them, but neither are going to get any better, probably on the decline, and they make a ton of $$$! Rowand is a fan-favorite, but his hitting and defense are over-rated...sorry to inform ya of that! As for the rest of the bunch, the Phils could get lucky and have a prospect land in their laps. D-Train Willis was in the Cubs organization and pretty much came over for nothing, ditto that on Bagwell to the 'stros from Beantown. My whole "logic" here is that this team just doesn't get it done, and it's time to see what we can get for some of these players and see if a youth movement might just spark something. And if they lose, at least they'll be cheaper, and it's not like we're not losing now anyway. By the way, I'm not suggesting we trade these guys away for the sake of trading them away, only in the right situation. Well, I'd trade Bell and Lieberthal for a pack of matches and toilet paper, but other than that the rest of the aforementioned crew can bring in talent.
So, if you'd like to question me about this conclusion I've come to, go right ahead, but seriously stop and think about what I'm proposing here.