Those dreadfully bitter cold November days are creeping up on us and the winter doldrums are prematurely setting in on some. Phillies fans are keeping warm with all the buzz Gillick is causing in regards to the Phils being linked to so many names. With so much talk and speculation surrounding the Phillies offseason agenda, this should prove to be an exciting time of year even without games being played, on the field that is, as I'm sure Gillick is toying with many minds.
Highest Bidder: 1. Alfonso Soriano, 2. Aramis Ramirez, 3. Carlos Lee, and 4. Akinori Iwamura. I could actually see the Phils landing Soriano, but A-Ram is who I want.
Trades: 1. Ryan Madson, Gavin Floyd, and Jon Lieber for Gary Sheffield (do it), 2. Pat Burrell for Armando Benitez (no thanks), and 3. Aaron Rowand to ChiSox or Seattle.
Keep: 1. Randy Wolf (sure), 2. Rick White (if cheap), and probably offering arbitration to David Dellucci and Aaron Fultz.
Spare Parts: 1. Joe Borowski, 2. David Weathers, 3. Dannys Baez, 4. Miguel Batista, 4. Wes Helms, and 5. Mark DeRosa. Helms and Weathers intrigue me the most.
Mentioned: 1. Joe Crede, 2. Curt Schilling, 3. Mike Lowell, 4. Manny Ramirez, 5. Moises Alou, 6. Hank Blalock, 7. Mike Mussina, 8. Trot Nixon, 9. Mike Piazza.
Basically, the Phils front office looks to stay busy this winter trying to improve the club enough to make it playoff caliber. I say do the Sheff deal, sign Batista, trade Rowand for prospects/relievers/or 3rd baseman, sing Weathers, keep Wolf, and add Helms. What rumors do you feel are worthwhile?
I got my full-arm cast (6 weeks worth ahead) on today and must say I'm going about this like a champ. I'm going to keep rockin', just like the drummer from Def Leppard that only has one arm. Or you could refer to me as the Jim Abbott of the blooging community. Ah, who am I fooling, having use of only one arm sucks!
"Pour some sugar on me. Ooh, in the name of love. Pour some sugar on me. C'mon fire me up. Pour your sugar on me. Oh, I can't get enough. I'm hot, sticky sweet. From my head to my feet yeah!" (Def Leppard)