Monday, November 13, 2006

Sound Familiar?

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.

~Carson

17 comments:

michael said...

i agree with you on Derosa, no thanks. Helms or Aurilia sound more interesting and would be a way better upgrade than Derosa.

GM-Carson said...

Aurilia or Helms would be better options. Now if DeRosa were signed and duplicated his '06 #'s that would be awesome...just don't see that happening.

I just read the Phils would be willing to get Soriano even with Bureell in tow. That means Burrell in LF, Victorino in CF, and Soriano trying out RF. Then the Phils would trade Rowand for pitching. Leaving Conine and Roberson as the backups...sweet outfield!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

from phillies.com- "While the team is looking to improve on an offense that scored the most runs in the league last season, they're not looking to do it at third base. Gillick and his charges are willing to accept Nunez's defense and would rather add a big bat in the outfield to replace Burrell. They'll add a bench player who can play third base, and hope to get offensive production from that spot."

statements like that make me want to publicly flog myself for being a phillies fan. let's see, do replace a guy who hit 29 hrs and 95 rbi or a guy who batted .211 with 2 hrs? nunez sucks!!!!!!

~carson

Bob D said...

With Soriano in tow the Phils should have around $15 mil address pitching. They also could trade either Rowand or Burrell or both for pitching. Leiber maybe another person swapped for pitching - hopefully to upgrade his spot.
3B needs to be upgraded and there is only one spot on the roster they could use to add someone. So it needs to be good not just another poor player. Rowand or Burrell could be used to get a 3B instead of pitching. Aurilia and Helms can play multiple positions so they wouldn't be a bad decision. Blaylock would be good to add but would be expensive.

GM-Carson said...

bob d- blalock's career has been on a downward trend the past few seasons...i'd be leary of him, especially because of the price tag.

i know it seems far fetched but rowand may be able to be shipped to the white sox for one of their excess starers...that would be ideal.

~carson

skeeter said...

About the talk of getting an 'upgrade' at 3rd and using nunez as a late inning defensive replacement. I see this happening the same way it did with burrell all the time...

the situation: Phils have a one run lead going into the 8th. Burrell is taken out for roberson. Rhodes gives up the lead. Howard is walked 4 times in extra innings because Christopher looks sort of like me swinging a bat. Why do i think this situation will happen with nunez? Even though it wont be howard batting in front him...i dont even know if this makes sense at all or what im even trying to say...i just hate honest abe and wanted to vent some frustration.

Good day sirs

michael said...

Well theres been rumors floating around that the ChiSox want Rowand

from Beerleaguer:
Word out of Chicago is the White Sox want Aaron Rowand back. This was picked up by several message board people and overheard on Chicago talk radio. Very speculative obviously, but this rumor has roots dating back to last season. The Sox would be an attractive trading partner. They are believed to be dangling starters Freddy Garcia and Javier Vasquez, although Vasquez has a no-trade clause. They also have redundancy at third with Joe Crede and Josh Fields.

I would do that. A Rowand for any of them straight up. I don't know what any of those players contracts are like but still wouldnt be a bad trade. With the GM meeting starting today who knows...

GM-Carson said...

michael- i'd deal rowand for any of that lot straight up regardless of contract.

skeeter- i understand what you're saying in comparing the burrell/roberson situation to the potential helms/nunez ordeal. i too was pissed in those games when rberson was aimlessly hacking at pitches in crucial situations instead of burrell, but i don't think it would be as bad with nuni...although he is ghastly with a stick in his hands.

think we can coax charlie hayes outta retirement for 3rd?

~carson

GM-Carson said...

$42 million is what it took for the bosox to win the bid to negotiate with matsuzaka...his salary will be on top of that...ri-f'n-diculous!

GM-Carson said...

add jeff suppan to phils rumor list. he's going to cost way more than he's worth, but he would add to the list of Phuccos (phillie/bucco).

burrell plus $$$ to arizona for estrada and prospect is also floating around.

~carson

BenJah said...

all these rumors floating around, and what we really need is some creativity. gillick, and to some extent the philly media, seems obsessed w/ "names" as opposed to value. forget the players' scouting reports, it's gillick's that i'm starting to question!

GM-Carson said...

i want quality, not just a name.

but sometimes name and quality go hand-in-hand (i.e. aramis ramirez) and sometimes not (i.e. david bell)

GM-Carson said...

phils supposedly offered soriano 5 years 73 mil to get the ball rolling.

brian giles name has now been linked to the phils....no fricken way do i want him!

~carson

Bob D said...

Heres a few quotes from Gillick during an interview:
Is the bat or pitching a higher priority?
"Equal," he responded.

Does he think he has a better chance of adding pitching via free agency or trades?
"Probably trades. Although if you did a survey of all the other teams, they all say they're looking for pitching, too. So if you say you're going to make a trade, it's hard to do. At the same time, the [free- agent pitchers] are not the most attractive group."

Is the bat more likely to come through a trade or a free-agent signing?
"It could be both," he said, adding that he had already had a discussion with one team about a trade that would have added a position player. "We hopefully have two or three different ways we can go."

It lets us in on what he is thinking, most of which we have already discussed in detail here already.

goDuke said...

I saw Phils willing to go $115 for 6. What about the phanatic at 3rd... he might not have alot of range, but he can probably hit better then Nunez.

GM-Carson said...

bob d- you must remember the name of this blog is "we should be gm's"...and dammit we should!

GM-Carson said...

phanatic at 3rd? this might work but you must remember he has some anger management courses to take along with attending AA meetings due to his ugly incident with the misses and alcohol early this year.