Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What's the deal?

There's a clamor all over the Phillies blogsphere concerning the Phillies "cheap-skate" Ryan Howard contract renewal. Here is the WSBGM's take.

Carson:

Let's all calm down and remove our panties from the bunch they're in. None of us are Ryan Howard and none of us are in the Phillies front office (not even me, the self-proclaimed GM). Therefore, we have NO idea what transpired in regards to Howard's contract being renewed for the record $900k for a player of his stature (1+ year service time). $900k seems measly for the reigning MVP, and will be considering the future pay-days he will get. However, for the time being it is what it is...a record setting contract, but nothing spectacular. For all we know Gillick and company tried to hammer out a nicer deal, but alas ran out of time and just renewed his contract instead, with the understanding that a more lucrative multi-year deal is in the works.

So many people want to blast ownership and talk about how this contract was a slap in the face of Howard and how we might have just lost him. Hello...he's still a Phillie and will be for the next 5 years at least and possibly beyond. This organization has started to do "good faith" deals recently with players like Burrell, Abreu, Utley, and Myers. I believe they will do the same with Howard and Howard will accept it and be happy. And if indeed, Howard really is pissed at the Phillies and views his current contract as disrespectful, then he'll go about his business and leave Philly when his obligation to the city is up...in 2011. My guess is that Gillick will attempt to lock him up through his arbitration years and one or two years of free agency this offseason or possibly even during this season. The Mets did the same thing with David Wright and Jose Reyes last season, there is precedent for such business decisions. The Phillies have done nothing wrong so far, have not been cheap-skates in regards to Howard, and those of you getting yourselves all sweaty because of this are a bunch of crotchticular cowboys...CHILL OUT!!!

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Corey:

Anybody who wants to blast the Phillies for the Howard deal is a low functioning retard, of Fuqua-esque proportions. It would have been stupid to give Howard a huge contract now, as it would have been a huge waste of money.They don't have to get a deal done until 2011 when he becomes a free agent. They could have given him far less and told him to suck it up, but they didn't. What they did do is give him the most money ever received by a player with his service time. Read that again - MOST MONEY EVER!!! This the Phillies giving out record cash, not the Yankees. But speaking of the Yankees, look at how the cash-whores in the Bronx deal with their young players. Remember when that overgrown Muppet Derek Jeter was playing on his first contract. He accumulated three service years before the Bronx Butt-Bombers signed him to a long-term deal. And that was after 1 ROY, 1 world title, 3 playoff appearances, 1 all-star appearance, and 3rd place in the MVP voting, not to mention all his intangibles, which are worth at least as much as the others. This year the BBB's renewed the contract of All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winning second baseman Robinson Cano, who has 2 years service time and is coming of a year where he hit .345. He got a little over 300 grand and not a sniff at negotiating a new contract. Did that cause a ruckus in the Big Apple? No, because as stupid as New Yorkers are, they understand this as being part of the business of baseball and how things are done.

By renewing Howard with the highest salary ever for a player with his service time, they are sending a message that they will compensate Howard appropriately, both now and when it is time for a long-term contract to get done. Everyone is quick to put down the Phillies management and their decisions (I myself revel in blasting the often misguided front office...) but this should not be one of those times. I can only assume that the only reason this is being critiqued is that the beginning of spring training has fans interested but the play of scrubs in exhibition games has not given them enough to talk about, and so they are creating ridiculous controversy just for the sake of having a topic to discuss. While that is said, it is better than the alternative - these Special Olympic rejects really think the Phils made a mistake here.



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27 comments:

goDuke said...

I agree with you guys, he'll make the big bucks soon anyway... why should the Phils toss money out the window if they don't have to yet. It'll work out, I have no problems with giving him $900K and calling it a day. People would be bitching if they gave him a big deal too... it always something around here.

GM-Carson said...

I didn't mention in my statement about the ramifications from the players union if they would have given Howard an outrageous contract either. Giving him a huge contract after only 1+ years of MLB service would screw up the salary structure in the long run as more and more organizations would feel they too had to pony up the big bucks for young players. Howard was drafted by the Phils, developed by the Phils, and now he is under their control until 2011...this is a good thing because clubs need a leg to stand on when it comes to young talent, because if not, the Yankees would just sign all the good players after 1 season in the league.

Moe Ville said...

"Fuqua-esque" isn't in Webster's, but it should be. maybe by the All-Star break. Good work.

furiousBall said...

I agree. Let's all remember he's going to be making $900K a year to play a game. I doubt Ryan is sweating how to come up with enough dough to make a down payment on a shitty Subaru like I am right now.

Corey said...

dude, i like subarus...

GM-Carson said...

My dad drives a Subaru!

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTradeRumors.com- One of the most likely players to be traded this spring is 37 year-old starter Jon Lieber. He tossed a couple of scoreless frames yesterday in front of plenty of scouts. Liebs makes $7.5MM in the last year of his deal. If he can come up with 180 innings of 4.50 ball, he's worth it as a fourth starter. Were I the Phillies, I would not be in any rush to make a deal. Use Adam Eaton out of the pen, sit on the surplus and enjoy it. How many teams keep all five of their starters healthy the entire year?

A Lieber trade does appear inevitable though. Aside from the Blue Jays, who else might be interested? How about the Astros? They've got a couple of decent relievers and the need for a solid starter. The Rangers could get involved if Eric Gagne is healthy. And the Twins might be a decent fit as well.

goDuke said...

My buddy works for Subaru!

furiousBall said...

I like the Subaru too, the point is Ryan is probably (even with the paltry $900K a year) looking at a much more pricey vehicle and paying cash, rather than me scraping enough moolah together to buy a nice affordable car

GM-Carson said...

With all these Subaru comments today, we're going to have to figure out a creative way to work it into a blog.

Story from FoxSport- The Phillie Phanatic was attacked Saturday morning by 93.3 WMMR DJ and Sixers' PA announcer Matt Cord's dog Scout. Cord was on air covering the line at the Wachovia Center box office, where tickets for The Police, playing this summer at Citizens Bank Park, went on sale, according to the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.

The Phanatic came outside of the Wachovia Center to start giving stuff away, when the mutt lunged at the lovable green goofball, prompting a man in line to shout that the dog "must be a Mets fan." The Phanatic retreated inside the Wachovia Center until Cord safely put Scout back in his car. Cord says that the dog is great with people and other dogs, and that he can't say why she went after the Phanatic, who was not injured by the canine.

*Now the Phanactic might have rabies on top of being a recovering alcoholic...great.

GM-Carson said...

Furiousball- I got your point, just like to harass. And you were right, it is a "shitty Subaru"!

Moe Ville said...

Subaru's aside, 100K might land Howard one of those Lieber trucks. The other 800K might be enough for gas until they can work out a new contract.

GM-Carson said...

SI.com has a new story up about steroids under Breaking News. One of the tidbits?

• David Bell, a veteran of a dozen major league seasons, received six packages of HCG at a Philadelphia address last April, when he played for the Phillies. The cost was $128.80, and the drug was prescribed in conjunction with an Arizona antiaging facility. Bell acknowledges receiving the shipment but tells SI the drug was prescribed to him "for a medical condition," which he declined to disclose, citing his right to privacy.

*Wow, and I thought I hate David Bell enough already.

goDuke said...

Thats unbelievable. How could he be on stuff and still suck that bad. Chronic back issues, ha! And that just proves that H-Mo Bell was definitely being jabbed in the rear by something...

GM-Carson said...

Let's be honest- David Bell was a complete train wreck at 3rd base for the Phillies, and I HATE him still for his 4 years here. If he was taking performance enhancing substances, where the hell is the enhancement?...I'm still waiting!!!

goDuke said...

Remember Bell was supposed to be one of those players who "knew how to win" I doubt he even knew how to tie his shoes. Maybe what happened was he thought just buying the juice would be enough to enhance his game. He probably wasn't smart enough to figure out how to take it.

GM-Carson said...

If inserting the "juice" was done anally he'd be a freakin' pro! I used to hate how Wheeler would say "he does all the little things right", by little he must have meant absolutely sucking, because that H-Mo was worthless!!!

I know Corey revoked my right to make fun of Chris Wheeler because I round-aboutly defended him...but screw it.

goDuke said...

You're the guy with the 'gm' on the front of your name... no one can revoke your priviledges! 20 minutes til pre-season game #6... Go Phils!

chuckm said...

Bell must have got the placebo and should demand his money back.

GM-Carson said...

That H-Mo David "Fairy Feet" Bell may be gone from Philly (thankfully), but he will never be given refuge from harassment, not while I'm around. I hate the bastard!

furiousBall said...

Found a video depiction of David Bell's funeral...a rather gripping eulogy from Buddy Bell

Scotty said...

Performance Enhancing is right, Bell was never anything special before he got to Philly the Performance Enhancers did just that and enhanced his shitty performances. At least no one can say he was inconsistant.... he always sucked

furiousBall said...

he enhanced his crapfullness

GM-Carson said...

More sloppy ass defense (4 errors today) lead to a lot of unearned runs for the Buccos against the Phils today. No-talent ass-clown, Sandoval, officially has no talent, as he apparently cannot field either (2 errors).

Our Model Dictator was touched up for 4 runs, only 1 earned though.

Jayson Werth had 2 hits, which is encouraging.

No-Hit Nunez is trying to shake his nickname, as he is now batting .400 on the spring. Nah, he still can't hit!

BenJah said...

i drive a subaru and i love it! my next car will be a subaru also

i'm right w/ you guys on howard. there is no pressure on the organization right now. all the pressure is on howard to continue to perform. if he has another season like the one he just had, the phils will treat him just fine.

for all we know, howard demanded a contract like gay-rod's and management said no (which is good). so all the whiners and drama freaks out there can just shut the hell up!

McD said...

For once I think the Phillies' front office actually tried to do the right thing, and it was Howard who was difficult. But as you said, nobody except the Phillies and Howard know what went down. I am sure that this time next year the Phils will be more than ready to give Howard to the big bucks. Hopefully he spends his whole career in the City of Brotherly Love!

das411 said...

Maybe, just maybe, Howard has seen how pissed everybody has gotten at the Ed Wade long-term-deal crop (Abreu, Lieberthal, Burrell, Thome) and would rather not be an overpaid bum just yet, thank you very much.

And yeah, if Jeter, or ARod (check out the dude's first few seasons, those are some SICK stats) did not break $1mil why should Howard? I mean, besides the usual 58 reasons...