Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hot Stove Discussion/Poll

It's only the beginning of the offseason and the Hot Stove has barely stoked its fire. I've been all over the Phillies blogsphere and have read many good ideas for "fixing" the Phils for 2007. We all are aware that we need a 5th starter, some bullpen help, more production at 3rd, and to sort out our outfield mess. Therefore, I decided to start an ongoing discussion thread/poll for roster moves this winter. You'll notice I didn't include options such as Barry Zito as 5th starter, A-Rod at 3rd, or Manny for the outfield because I'm attempting to be realistic. Please vote in each poll and give your 2 cents in the comments section.

Bullpen:

Relief pitchers can be a costly mistake (Tim Worrell) or enormously sound investment (Mike Stanton). They tend to be inconsistent from year to year and paying them premium salaries is risky business. The Phils currently have Flash, Madson, and Geary assured spots in the pen. Mike Smith, Castro, Condrey, Brito, and Sanches will be in the mix for a job too. Fultz and Rick White may be retained or let go, either way no big loss or gain. What we need are some dependable arms that can work 3 consecutive days if needed. We could always plug the holes with Jose Mesa, Ryan Franklin, and Arthur Rhodes...I heard they're free agents and loved the Philly fans.

Who do you most want in the bullpen for the Phillies in 2007?
Danys Baez
Joe Borowski
David Weathers
Chad Bradford
Justin Speier
Phillies minor leaguers
Octavio Dotel
  
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Outfield:

This is an area of great debate. Sign Soriano to a ludicrous contract? Trade Burrell and/or Rowand? Conine, Roberson, and Bourn will most likely receive bench duty. David Dellucci will probably be offered arbitration, but will sign elsewhere. The outfielders don't necessarily need to be defensive minded, with the exception of the spacious centerfield. I know some golden oldies that might be willing to come out of hibernation- Chamberlain, Incaviglia, Eisenreich, Dykstra, and Milt would be able to rotate enough to stay fresh.

Which group of outfielders would be the best option for the 2007 Phillies?
Soriano, Victorino, Rowand
Soriano, Burrell, Victorino
Nixon, Soriano, Victorino
Rowand, Victorino, Conine
Burrell, Rowand, Victorino
  
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5th Starter:

The popular notion is to retain Wolf, but it looks as though Wolf is ready to leave Philly. The rotation already consists of Myers, Hamels, Lieber, and Moyer. Not flashy, but deep nonetheless. The Phils could always go the cheap way and rush one of the heralded prospects to the Show. What we need from the 5th starter is consistency, innings, a chance to win the ball game. Just as long as we don't try Adam Bernero, Gavin Floyd, Chad Ogea, or Kyle or Paul Abbott (yep, that's right the Phils managed to get screwed by 2 Abbotts).

Which starter would be the best fit for the 2007 Phillies rotation?
Randy Wolf
Tomo Ohka
Miguel Batista
Phillies farmhand
Jeff Suppan
Excess ChiSox starter
  
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3rd Base:

If you read this blog regularly you know our disdain for No-Hit Nunez, yet he remains an option to start at 3rd next season. Aramis Ramirez was my wet dream for 3rd, but that was just a fairy tale. Mark DeRosa was also just taken off the table from those same pesky Cubbies. None of these options are exciting, but each has its positives and negatives. Defense is nice at the hot corner, but it does not outweigh offensive production. Maybe we can coax Schmidt, Charlie Hayes, Kim Batiste, and Rick Schu out of retirement and form the ultimate platoon.

Which 3rd base option would suit the Phillies best in 2007?
Joe Crede
Wes Helms
Rich Aurilia
Minor league prospect via trade
Abraham Nunez
  
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If I missed any viable options, please add in the comments section.

~Carson

24 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I voted for Crede at 3rd, excess chisox starer, bradford for bullpen, and an outfield of soriano, vic, and burrell.

add latroy hawkins and gil meche to possible targets.

~carson

goDuke said...

I had to vote for soriano, victorino, burrell as well. I like that rowand plays hard, but he's not really all that good. So I just couldn't vote for him. I'd take Pat the Rat hitting his 25 in the first half and then bench him again for someone else in the 2nd half.

Los said...

I like these polls, guys! Good work. Of course, we'll probably just have the same guys we have every year.

GM-Carson said...

thanks for the compliment Los. i tried hard to make these polls realistic. just hope this can be an ongoing discussion enrty.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

somebody had the balls to vote for nuni at 3rd and a crap-loaded outfield of vic, rowand, conine...are u kiddin me?!

GM-Carson said...

the cubs are signing crazy...just unked blanco 2yr 5 mil and on the verge of landing gil meche....gillick needs to get started

GM-Carson said...

rumor has it no more ramblings of scott graham next season...good!

goDuke said...

Finally they can get rid of those horrible Graham ice cream commercials.

BenJah said...

gil meche is a guy we should be getting!!

you know, a lot of people in the phlogosphere keep saying that we're so close to contending, but that probably has more to do with a weak NL than the phils being good. with our rotation not filled out and (quite frankly) a shitty bullpen, i think we're a lot farther away than most people think.

and yeah, burrying ourselves under a $100mil contract to soriano IS NOT the difference maker. why not spend some of it on pitching, and save it for next year when vernon wells and andruw jones are free agents?!!

GM-Carson said...

funny you bring up graham slam ice cream, goduke, that should get a small mention in my blog tomorrow, because i would rather write about ice cream than real baseball.

OT - checked out your blog, goduke - i may have to start gocarolina...my list of hatred reads like this 1A)NYY 1B)Duke basketball 2)the French...

"just wrote to say how much i love your new ice cream flavor..."

corey

goDuke said...

Nice. Duke is off to a 1-0 start, I am sure you knew that though, as most Duke haters can't wait to tell me when they lose (like I already don't know). UNC is gonna be better then my boys this year, which is gonna be tough to deal with, but at least I am realistic.

goDuke said...

Wow. Scratch that 2-0. I am a horrible fan.

GM-Carson said...

i'm a bucknell fan, but only because i went there. nice to see them building a solid team.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

2 ass-hats voted for nunez...c'mon now this ain't a joke, but nunez is.

GM-Carson said...

who would vote for nunez!?

;)

corey

GM-Carson said...

corey- i knew you voted for nuni...what a chucklehead.

read rumors adam eaton is on the phils radar.

poll update: so far borowski is getting the bullpen love. we seem to want one of the white-booties extra starters, whether that be buerhle, garcia, garland, or vazquez. crede is the hot name for the hot corner thus far.

~carson

Bob D said...

Maybe Abe Nunez is a blogger on here and voted for himself. I went for the prospect at 3B because the team and take a chance at one spot on a rookie.
Spier over Bradford here for RP it was a very hard choice with the others.
either OF with Soriano would be the best, expensive but the best.
And definetely a CWS pitcher as a starter likely would cost Rowand in trade.
Does this mean that they will need to rename that ice cream flavor? or just stop making it? I'm very concerned.

GM-Carson said...

just got done looking at adam eaton's career #'s- not too good pitching wise, but he is a decent hitter for a pitcher.

the $$$ flying around this winter astounds me. juan pierre, who can only hits singles and steal bases is expecting 10 mil a year. padilla wants 10 mil a year. the bosox gave 51.1 mil to seibu of japan to just meet with matsuzaka...craziness! blanco, only a backup catcher, just got 2 yrs 5.25 mil from the cubs. hell, at this rate dellucci will get 8 mil a year, and fultz 3.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

message to bloodstripes- dude where the hell have you been?

BloodStripes said...

Sorry dude. I was away for a few days working. Catching up on the posts right now.

BloodStripes said...

Looks like the Phils are close to signing Wes Helms. 5.5 mil over 2 years. An upgrade over No hit but lacking some power there. At least his average has been better over the last 2 seasons. If we get him, I hope he keeps his average up over .300. We don't necessarily need more power but average as always will be very important.

BloodStripes said...

We need to sign a 5th starter but not for too long hopefully. If some of our minor league pitchers continue to blossom we could see them get some time in the bigs in late season or 2008.

Out of these 5 at least one or two of them should come good. Gio Gonzalez, Zack Segovia, J.A. Happ, Matt Maloney, Carlos Carrasco. Their getting good wraps. I am pleased with the depth.

BloodStripes said...

In saying all that, lets get a ChiSox starter over to Philly to keep us going. If it means sending Rownad back, do it. Especially if Soriano is signed. We got some young OF's coming up. They ought to be given a chance along the line somewhere.

So much speculation! Gillick has built championship teams before. I am putting my faith in him to do it again.

GM-Carson said...

bloodstripes- nice to have ya back!

we got helms for 2 years 5.5 mil.

he's not that good, but he'll be better than nuni.

5th starter and bullpen big question marks yet.

segovia might get a chance this season.

~carson