Sunday, November 05, 2006

Put the X in Texas

"All my ex's live in Texas", by George Strait has got to be the lil' diddy played in the waiting room of the Phillies front office. It's not because the owners are country fans either, rather it's subliminal messaging to the players future destination, more pointedly the pitchers. Let's do a quick rundown of former Phillies that have been exiled to the Lonestar State.

1. Kevin Millwood- came to Philly with playoff aspirations. Left Philly with a no-hitter, started the final game at the Vet, but the thing I most remember are his half-ass efforts at bunts and the fact that we still haven't reached postseason. He just never lived up to the expectations he rode into town on...have fun with the Rangers.

2. Vicente Padilla- a WSBGM's favorite because of his drinking exploitations and the fact that he wins the annual award for ugliest player in MLB. I have the notion that the Phils could have been in the playoffs had Gillick not traded away Vicente for nothing, but alas we'll never know. I for one would have preferred his antics over the sight of Madson/Floyd starting. The Padilla's Floatilla misses you!

3. "Swiss Family" Robinson Tejada- besides the ultra-cool nickname, he really had no value to the Phils, but he did help land us David "Dude I'm Getting A" Dellucci...you're classic nickname swap.

4. Adam Eaton- only really ever a Phillies prospect that was sent to the Padres for Andy Ashby, but I'd rather still have him in the system than Headcase Floyd.

The above 4 were all in the Rangers rotation at some point last season. I think it's all a conspiracy theory for George Bush's way of sticking it to Philadelphia.

Other pitchers that have lost their way in Texas at one time or another- Brandon Duckworth, Taylor Buckholz, and possibly in the future Jon Lieber and/or Randy Wolf.

"Texas! Only steers and queers come from Texas Private Cowboy and you don't look much like a steer so that kinda narrows it down."

~Carson

p.s. Doing things with your non-dominant hand sucks! Took me over an hour to do this post, so you better appreciate it.

24 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Always appreciated DQ. Texas eh! Not such a good pattern emerging there. Unless of course we could swindle Hank Blalock for Wolf or Leiber. Fulfill the rumors and sign Mussina and Schilling and we'd be set. Playoffs here we come.

GM-Carson said...

i'd love to see mussina inserted into the topf the phils rotation. allows myers to be #2 and hamels to slot into the 3rd spot with less pressure.

with all these rumors swirling in connection with the phils, some are bound to happen..hopefully the better ones.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

howard hit 2 more bombs yesterday against japan...he kills pitching in any laguage.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

LOL, Howard is a true baseball internationalist. He talks with his swing.

To have Mussina as the Phillies ace would be bloody awesome. Its too good to even hope for, but we can dream.

GM-Carson said...

bad news- just read a report that the bloody yanks are close to a 2-year pact w/ mussina.

i guess there's always adam bernero...

~carson

BloodStripes said...

Oh well, the dream was good for a few minutes.

GM-Carson said...

my own rumors-

1. sign kerry wood with the intent of him in the rotation, but in the bullpen as a setup man/fall back plan for gordon if he can'y handle the workload. give him low base salary (1-2 mil.) with plenty of incentives.

2. eric gagne- could be awesome if healhty..much along the lines of wood.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

sounds like a good plan GM. Both very good and both would look real good fireballing in a Phillies uniform.

GM-Carson said...

wood and gagne are huge health risks, but w/ potential for huge upside. i realistically think they could be signed to a chaep contract that is incentive laden for appearances/innings.

also- sammy sosa announced he wants to continue his persuit of 600 hmeruns. in all honesty i'd offer him a 1 year guaranteed 1 mil. contract to let him be a 4/5th outfielder and power pinch-hitter. who knows maybe he discovered a new untraceable supplement during his year off and can return and be a contributor. or maybe this my drugs talkin.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

speaking of country music, george jones and merle haggard did a song called "must have been drunk" where they sing "we must have been drunk when we said we'd stop drinking, a double shot over the line; lord we had to be drunk, what were we think, we must have been out of our minds"

besides loving to quote classic country music, my point is half of these rumors we hear have to come from drunk people (if they were rumours, they come from drunk englishmen)---and that is not a bad thing, i would rather my rumors came from drunk people (or others stoned of vics), it makes is more interesting.

i'm going to do an entire country music post sometime this week, you've inspired me carson.

dude, take some benadryl with those vicodins, you need sleep.

corey

GM-Carson said...

corey- don't forget to include sunday morning coming down in your all-country post. include some willie too, as i heard rumor he partakes in rich dubee clinics.

~carson

ps- i like starting some of these rumors to see where they might end up...internet is an awesome tool.

GM-Carson said...

another name to the rumor pile- david weathers

dane said...

carson i love youre rumors of wood and gagne. unfortunately i have heard both are looking to resign with their current teams. they would form a good pair out of the bullpen if they could stay healthy

GM-Carson said...

real rumor that might go down soon- madson, floyd, and lieber for sheffield. do it!

GM-Carson said...

ryan howard dropped yet another bomb on the japanese...he's simply a blaster-master in any country. he could knock 'em out in antarctica if need be.

Los said...

Love the research! I'm not sure what this says about our ballclub or and of the teams in Texas, though.

Bob D said...

I disagree with you about trading Floyd, Madson, and Leiber for Sheffield. Sheffield is an injury risk and tends to be negative in the clubhouse.
Madson is still very valuable at the least as a reliever. He has potential to be a future closer and very well could be a good setup man this year.
Floyd's value is at its lowest point right now. He is only 23 and still has a great upside. My fear is we trade him and he quickly establishes himself as a star. I feel he could be a quality arm in the pen this year if given the chance. SI ran an article about relievers and stated a pitcher moved from the rotation to the pen can expect a 25% decrease in ERA. That would put Floyd at approx ERA of 3.00. He has shown some good things in Arizona this fall, but he did that last year. I feel he needs at least one more year. You won't get anything for him now so just hold on to him.
Leiber is still needed as a starter and I would only trade him to upgrade the SP.
If that trade was to happen then there better be some pitching thrown in on the Yankees side. The Phils would be giving up way too much.

BENTZ said...

You guys finally did it - you combined 2 of my favorite things in life - country music and the Phillies!!! - into one blog. Way to go!!

Besides, we all know the major tie between country music and the Phillies. Superstar Tim McGraw is the son of the beloved Tug McGraw. In fact, his video - Live Like You are Dying - ends with a montage of Tugger pitching against KC in 1980...and culminates in him striking out Willie Wilson to win the World Series. Awesome.

das411 said...

BUt what if the Yankees pick up enough of the salary in a Lieber/Sheff deal to pay for the Phils to bring back the Wolfman? A rotation of the Three Amigos + Myers leaves one slot for the Mathiesons of the world (or again, Aaron Sele, I just have a baaaaad feeling about this), and imagine a lineup of:

Rollins
Victorino
Howard
Sheffield
Utley
Burrell
Helms/Iwamura
Coste/Ruiz

sick!!! Even with the huge hole we blow in the bullpen by trading Madson!!

GM-Carson said...

about possible yanks/phils deal-

1. sheff- is a productive vet that can still get the job done. he is an injury risk, but less of one than rowand. sheff would offer good protection for howard. his attitude is a different matter.

2. lieber- like a 4th or 5th starter at this point in his career. very replaceable by someone like miguel batista.

3. floyd- i can't stand him, and do not think he'll ever be worth anything, even at 23 i think his goose is cooked.

4. madson- good as rookie in '04, mediocre in '05, disgustingly bad in '06...see the trend...very replaceable in the pen.

i personally would like floyd and madson gone as i find them to be part of the problem rather than solution.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

5 names being mentioned with high frequency:
1. borowski
2. batista
3. weathers
4. helms
5. derosa

*i like helms the most from that lot, nothing ovation worthy though.

~carson

Bob D said...

I like Derosa from that list. He could take Nunez's spot if they get another 3B. Another name I'm hearing now after Soriano signs is Manny Ramirez. Interesting, probably the best hitter available. However a lot of salary, a lot to get him, and a lot of attitude.
Just spectalation but with his high salary it would work in the Phils favor to trade. Maybe Burrell, Floyd, Leiber, and another prospect and they may also send Schilling this way.

BenJah said...

DQ -- bummer about your wrist, but don't you type one handed most of the time? just kidding, although i can tell the pills are getting to your better sense of judgement: you endorsed sammy sosa in yesterday's blog!

one thing about sheffield: despite his injury risk, the dude plays hurt all the time. he guts it out as much, if not more, than any player out there. i'd still rather have burrell, but sheff would be WAY better than soriano, despite the age issue.

GM-Carson said...

benjah- i wasn't being serious about sosa. but if the phils did sign him i wouldn't be pissed either.

schilling and manny to the phils is dreaming...no way unless we parted with some of our big time payers.

~carson