Friday, December 01, 2006

Who can it be now?

Who can it be now? That's the burning question. The market for free agents relief pitchers is quickly drying up faster than your grandmother without lubricants (pass the K-Y). Chad Bradford, Danys Baez, Justin Speier, Jaime Walker, and others have already inked deals. The Phils have been rumored to have almost signed Joe Borowski before doctors advised Gillick not to do so because his shoulder was as fragile as Terrell Owens' ego. Miguel Batista and David Weathers are supposedly on the Phils radar too, hopefully we add an extra arm soon.

Joe Borowski was an over-educated know-it-all's (a.k.a. a doctor, sorry Corey) opinion away from landing a multi-year deal from the Phils only days ago. He did knock out 36 saves for the Marlins last season, but he has a shoulder/rotator cuff fray that is worrisome. A 1-year pact is probably the way to go if the Phils do still sign him, because the risk is not as great. He has closer credibility, so he would be the fill-in when Flash Gordon takes his annual stay on the DL. I say give him 1 year 2 million with plenty of incentives and a vesting option for appearances.

David Weathers is a goofing looking S.O.B., some might call him special, but he's durable (754 games) and can pitch very well for periods of time. He'd bring stability to the bullpen if signed, but he's probably not worth the years or millions it will cost to land him. On a positive note, the signing of Weathers would lend well to blog topics like- "Weathers on a hot streak", "Weathers has gone cold", or "David, Weathers the storm". I'm easily amused.


Miguel Batista isn't good, he isn't bad, he's just Hispanic. But seriously, Batista might make the most sense of all three of these options. Miguel has been a closer for Toronto in '05, a starter most of his career, and has worked the bullpen too. He could be a fill-in closer, a spot starter, or extra arm in the pen. I doubt Batista will come cheap though, based on the market for starting pitchers...Adam Eaton got 3 year 24.5 million for crying out loud.

Bottom line, we need an arm or two or three to add to the bullpen next season. Gillick has mentioned possibly trading to gain a set-up man too.

Who do you want in the bullpen?
Joe Borowski
David Weathers
Miguel Batista
NO thanks to any of them!
pollcode.com free polls


~Carson

21 comments:

GM-Carson said...

i think borowski is worth the 1 year risk

~Carson

Los said...

Is Goose Gossage still available?

michael said...

agreed on borowski. i'd like to see them get weathers too...batista i'm not really in to. but Goose would a solid pick up.

GM-Carson said...

goosage is recovery from elbow surgery due a golf injury. jesse orosco is available though, and so is kent tekulve.

GM-Carson said...

"Joe Borowski was an over-educated know-it-all's (a.k.a doctor, sorry Corey) away from landing a multi-year deal from the Phils only days ago."

anybody else see the irony in calling someone over-educated in an incomplete sentence?

nice try, b-diddy. maybe you could get some of those retards you babysit to proofread your shit next time.

corey

GM-Carson said...

thank you for pointing out my error there corey...will fix.

BloodStripes said...

I agree with Borowski for a 1 year only scenario, see how he pulls up. Bringing back the Goose or Tekulve would solve our problems too. They would only add up to 100 years plus would'nt they. Grand-daddy arms K'ing away. I'd like to see that.

Having you guys go toe to toe each day is a real blast.

BloodStripes said...

According to MLB.com Philadelphia has not made an offer to Weathers yet and don't seem to keen on Bow Wow either. The winter meetings should be very interesting. Is Octopussy ready to sign yet?

michael said...

i think the phils are going to wait and see if the reds offer weathers arbitration. if not i expect them to act quick..as far as borowski i think a 1 yr deal will come sometime this week.

Bob D said...

If the team wants to take a chance on someone why not Gagne or Foulke. Also remember (if I'm not mistaken) in Jan. teams will release some players when they non tender them. It would be wise to sign 1 RP soon then get sign one later. We would likely see an arm or two who could end up competing for spots in the pen with the losers in AAA.
However with the current market fairly dry it is likely we would see a trade next week.

BloodStripes said...

Gagne is quality. It would be awesome to see him a Phillie. Would cost alot but yeah, bring him east. He states he is fit and ready as ever. He seems very keen to impress and have a big year. I would'nt be surprised to see him back to his best in '07. How much money is he after?

das411 said...

Gagne would be cool but his stuff did not look great during his mini comeback last season with the LAD. He may be one of those dudes who is always followed around by Vitamin S rumors...do we really want another Ryan Franklin??

And didn't Miggy B pick up a WS ring with the DBacks? He was one of those anonymous non-asshole starters right?

...is anyone else very very worried about the Orioles having poached several Ed Wade type relievers this early in the offseason?

GM-Carson said...

Good discussion on here- the O's have taken a lot of relievers thus far, impacting their horrible bullpen in a good way. Williamson, Bradford, Baez, and Walker are going to help them a lot next seaon. I'd have taken Bradford or Walker for the Phils pen...guess I'm going to have to sign that octopus afterall.

As of 7:30 this morning Miguel Batista is ahead on the poll and I have to say he makes sense. He's not really good at anything, but he's not bad either. We know we'll probably need a fill in starter and closer next season, Batista could do both jobs because he's versatile.

Gagne still will get big money. I'm expecting 1 year 4 million, plus he has said he still wants to be a Dodger. But if we could get him for 1 year 2 mil and throw in an option in case he pans out, then we're talking business buddy.

Foulke seems shot to me, I could be wrong.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Just read Gillick is interested in Latroy Hawkins. He could be ok, but most likely not.

Gillick is still looking for catching help. I like Ruiz and Coste, but adding a cheap insurance plan is a good idea.

In regards to Burrell- "In my mind, he's playing left field [for the Phillies]," Gillick said. "He thinks he's going to be back and is getting himself ready to play. His [right] foot still wasn't back to 100 percent." I hope we don't trade him!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Holy Hell! I read Phils are interested in a reliever then 2 minutes later I read he's been signed. Supposedly Latroy Hawkins has signed a 1 year 3.5 million dollar contract with the Rockies. These contracts are fricken ridiculous!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

I just made this trade up, but what about sending Gavin Floyd and possibly another mid-level pitching prospect to the pitching starved Royals for Emil Brown. That would put Burrell in LF, Vic in CF, and Brown in RF with Conine batting against lefties (Brown kills righties). Then we could trade Rowand for some relief help.

~Carson

TrekMedic251 said...

Interesting,....

I've been saying since October that the Phils will offer Floyd up as trade bait to get something (anything!) in return.

FWIW, why not give crybaby Burrell what he wants: a one-way ticket to NYY in exchange for some more minor-league prospects.

Wade decimated the farm and Gillick seems eager to re-stock it with some quality players.

GM-Carson said...

Ed Wade is satan...really

das411 said...

Um....hey trek, the only decent prospects the Yanks were even semi willing to part with were the guys we got for Abreu.

Emil Brown may be a good idea for RF though. So might Greg Norton.

GM-Carson said...

I prefer Emil Brown because he'd then be a member of the illustrious group of Phuccos.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

Emil Brown it is then.