Hey, Rex Hudler..this is the collection agency about to break down your door because you never returned our messages in regards to the 2.3 million dollars you stole from the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-98. Yep, the moronic Phillies deemed Rex "Wonder Dog" Hudler fit for a 2 year 2.3 million dollar contract after he managed to bat .311 with 16 homers and 14 stolen bases for the Angels in '96. That 1996 season was by far Hudler's best, yet he didn't even muster up 100 hits, in fact he never had a 100 hit season in his entire career. His plate discipline was horrendous as well, as evident by his single digit 9 walks in 302 at bats...great free agent move Phils! Best part was Rex was going on 35 years old, it wasn't like he was going to improve. Rex's Phillie tenure was piss-poor while only gathering 32 hits in 2 seasons.
Does this type of wishful thinking ill-advised signing sound familiar? How about the contract Abraham "No-Hit" Nunez was granted this past offseason from the once again dumbass Phils. Nuni had been less than stellar his whole career up until a flash-in-the-pan rise to mediocrity in St. Lois in '05. His career year only amounted to an empty .285 batting average with a lousy .704 OPS. I would have killed for that OPS this season as he puked up a .576...our bat boy would have produced better. Yet we're stuck with him for another season because he signed a multi-million dollar 2 year contract to absolutely suck! These types of contracts to crappy players simply flabbergast me.
On the Hot Stove rumor mill is Mark DeRosa's name being linked to the Phils as a possible destination. Although I do have a cool nickname, Mark "Pon"-DeRosa, lined up for him I do not want him brought in. This would be a mistake along the lines of the Hudler and Nunez "deals". He'll be 32 at the beginning of the season and I doubt this butt-plug is a late bloomer, so there is one indication that last year was a fluke. He did have a solid 154 hit .296 average .813 OPS campaign in 2006 with the Rangers, but before that he never came close to reaching those numbers. Also, we want him for 3rd base, a position he's only played 147 games at with a less-than-quality .947 fielding %...no thanks, I'd rather not pay players to suck and add to our losing past.