Patty G better watch his back when the Phils return to Philly because I'm guessing he's a wanted man. I cut our GM a lot of slack last season because it was his 1st in Philly and he was trying to clean up the Ed Wade mess. However, he's now creating his own muddle with numerous personnel blunders. Allow me to recap some of the major gaffes he's committed thus far.
1. Trading All-Star RF Bobby Abreu and starting pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yanks for an unproven Matt Smith and some minor league trash. I know many fans were excited to see Abreu and his lackluster style play get a one-way ticket out of town along with his huge paycheck, but we should have gotten at least Melky Cabrera, a true prospect or Scott Proctor, and Matt Smith in that deal.
2. Trading our switch-hitting crazy-ass starting pitcher Vincente Padilla for essentially nothing. Gillick saw we were getting a Rodriguez in return and figured that meant the guy was good. Doesn't pay to be stereotypical Pat, as Ricardo Rodriguez was released by the end of spring training in '06.
3. Singing the worthless Alex Gonzalez (who retired), Abe Nunez (2 year pact for a player who can't hit), and Sal Fasano (did have the Fu Man Chu) in the 2006 offseason did not help the Phillies out in any way.
4. Signing Jayson Werth (hasn't played in MLB for 2 seasons), Adam Eaton (vastly overpaid), and Rod Barajas (wasted millions on catching we already had Ruiz/Coste) this offseason has not helped the Phils yet, and probably won't.
5. The bullpen last season was a problematic area for the Phillies, largely due in part to Gillick's boys Ryan Franklin and Arthur Rhodes.
6. The 2007 edition of the bullpen has killed the Phils already, and this is due to the same old crap being out there. Gillick didn't land 1 quality reliever, that's just piss-poor.
7. Simply put, retaining the services of Charles Fuqua Manuel is a mistake.
The recently demoted Zach Segovia looks and pitches like Russ Ortiz, but who has the chubbier face?