Thursday, October 11, 2007

Phlashback Phriday - Mike Williams

Mike Williams can only be described as one major Phucco. If there was a Phucco Hall of Fame, his bust would be there, even if all he did was pose for one of the creepiest (best?) baseball cards of all time. He was originally drafted by the Phils in the 14th round and pitched in the pen and rotation for 5 years before being released. He made a career comeback after becoming a closer with the Pirates, notching 46 of them in '02. He was traded from the Pirates back to the Phillies in July of 2003 for minor league relief pitcher Frank Brooks. At the time, he had a 6.27 ERA. His performance with the Phils was much improved...he had a mere 5.96 ERA. He never pitched in the majors again.

Not to be overlooked in this trade is Frank Brooks. Sure, the former 13th round selection never played for the Phils, but the dude is jacked. This is a pic of Brooks when he was pitching for Batavia. I'm not saying performance enhancing substances played a role in Brooks' physique, but they did.
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Options
The Phils declined the options on Rod Barajas and Abe Nunez yesterday. This was completely expected but knowing officially that No-Hit Nunez will not be back next year, did bring a small, Ronald McDonald sized smile to my face...

Corey

18 comments:

BenJah said...

barajas and nunez are gone?? wooooppeeee!!!

manual is back?? aw crap

ok, so they even out (sorta)

happy birthday gm-carson?? that's awesome, i hope you have a terrrrriiffic day!!

siralden: i do remember you said that. shut up already. ahhaha

GM-Carson said...

Benjah- thanks, my birthday is actually tomorrow, but how the hell do you remember it so closely anyway?

No more No-Hit Nunez...what will I make fun of next season? Oh yeah, Eaton....

GM-Carson said...

Other news- Kane Davis has been designated for assignment. No big loss, but maybe we can bring him back on another minor league deal.

Also, it is speculated that Manuel's entire coaching staff will be back next season. That unfortunately means more blunders from 3rd base coach Steve Smith and more shitty pitching advice from Dick-Dick Dubee.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like Brett Myers will likely remain closer. I think he's a decent closer and will improve if he stays in that role, but I believe he's more valuable to the club as a starting pitcher.

Quotes from Phillies.com- "Our staff feels that's the place for him, and I don't like flip-flopping guys," general manager Pat Gillick said. "I'm not saying it's etched in stone, but that's where we want him, in the back end. He likes to be in there four or five days a week."

"I see him as a closer," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We'll have discussions about it, but I'd like to keep him there."

Possible starting pitchers on the Phils radar- Garland, Willis, and Blanton.

More News- Gillick said J.C. Romero did a "great" job for the Phillies, and would like to see the free-agent lefty return. He did not say the same about Jon Lieber and Freddy Garcia, who both missed more than three months this season with injuries. That duo combined for a 4-11 record and a 5.23 ERA while making a total of $17.5 million in 2007. The Phillies wouldn't make an attempt to sign either. ... RHP Kyle Drabek, the team's No. 1 Draft pick in 2006, could be tossing a baseball in the next few months, and could be pitching in games by May or June. He had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in July. ... Gillick said top pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco, Andrew Carpenter and Josh Outman won't be ready until at least 2009. Carrasco and Outman finished the season with Double-A. Carpenter won 17 games for Class A Clearwater, then two more in leading the Threshers to their first Florida State League title since 1993.

goDuke said...

Fence Face wants $84 million over 6 years. Reportedly the Phightins are interested in making "a serious run" at Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera...

GM-Carson said...

Honestly- If Mariano would take a 2 year deal and Schill a 1...I'm all for it! That would also put Myers back in the rotation.

GoDuke- where'd you get this info on Rowand wanting that lucrative of a contract (doubt he gets that many years or much money) and the Schilling/Rivera rumors?

goDuke said...

They said it on an update on 610 this morning... Apparently it was reported by the guy from the Bucks County Courier Times.

goDuke said...

I think Schilling and Rivera are both upgrades, especially if we can then get Myers back in the rotation... we'll see... Here's hoping for the best... Go Phils.

GM-Carson said...

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/102-10122007-1422472.html

GM-Carson said...

The above link refers to the Phils interest in Schill and Rivera.

chuckm said...

I will take that 6/$84 mil thing with a large grain of salt. Eric Byrnes got a 3/$30 extension from the D-Backs and he is pretty close to equal value with Rowand. PG has said he isnt into serious long-term contracts and Rowand isnt going to get anything near 6/$84 from the Phils, or any team.

furiousBall said...

$84 over 6! Well see ya Aaron, crap.

GM-Carson said...

I know most Phans love Rowand's grit, hustle, and heart, but I'd rather have a sturdy 3rd baseman, plug Vic in CF, and try and get a bargain at corner outfield. Honestly, the money should go to pitching with offensive needs coming secondary.

I know the market booms in the offseason and Fence-Face can hope for 6yr/$84mil, but he's not even close to being worth that. 4 years 45 mil tops, but I wouldn't even do that if I were the GM of the Phils.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTradeRumors.com- One offseason objective is, of course, third base. Abraham Nunez was an easy buyout decision; Pat Gillick will import a new third baseman this winter one way or another. Phils fans can stop dreaming up A-Rod scenarios; Gillick won't pursue him. Mike Lowell is the one free agent 3B on the Phils' radar. While Lowell wouldn't mind playing in Philly, he made it clear yesterday that Boston remains his first choice. So there's a good chance Gillick will have to get his man via trade. Scott Lauber names Garrett Atkins and Joe Crede (free agent after '08, Boras client) as possible targets. We all know how Gillick loves dealing with Kenny Williams (and the Sox can use Josh Fields at third base).

Rod Barajas won't be retained; Chris Coste will serve as the backup to Carlos Ruiz. A nice, cheap catching tandem.

How about pitching? Randy Miller has a source saying the Phils are targeting a couple of AL East stalwarts - Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera. To sign Rivera at $12MM per and use Brett Myers in setup seems like a misallocation of resources to me. As for Schilling, Miller says he's expressed interest in coming back to Philly to finish his career. I like the fit.

Miller also has some very interesting info on Aaron Rowand - he's looking for a six-year, $84MM contract! Does that mean he ends up with a five-year, $60MM deal? Pretty hefty for a guy coming off a career year. Miller says the Phils won't go for big-name replacements like Andruw Jones or Torii Hunter.

Finally, Pat Burrell has surfaced as a solid trading chip. He's left with a reasonable one-year, $14MM commitment, albeit with a full-no trade clause that would require more compensation. How about Burrell to the White Sox for Crede? Phils kick in a couple mil, the White Sox get much-needed OBP for '08 plus draft picks when Burrell leaves.


*My take- Schilling and Rivera would be welcome additions, as would Atkins or Lowell. The whole Joe Crede thing for Burrell makes me sick. Burrell isn't a superstar, but neither is Joe Crede, and to have to eat part of Pat's salary next season to get a broken 3rd baseman doesn't seem wise to me. Crede has ongoing back problems, the kind that could linger and entire career, much like the much maligned H-Mo David Bell that was here for 4 painful seasons. I'd rather keep Burrell, then have his salary off the books for 2009, instead of getting Crede who is far from steady or healthy right now.

Jarex said...

when I read the bit on Barajas and Nunez, I literally heard cash registers ringing - the sweet sounds of money well saved.

Great thoughts throughout the rest of the posts today. I guess you can't pay a set-up man 8.5 mill, or whatever Myers makes, so it seems he'd land back in the rotation were Mariano to come on board. Still, I like the idea of him pitching in the 8th in front of an established closer. We'll see.

BloodStripes said...

The players available via these rumors seem to be better than last year. Rivera, Willis, Lowell would all be very good additions. At least the Phils seem serious about upgrading 3rd base.

Maria said...

Hey people. Back from hiding.
Carson, happy 1-day early birthday.

I know that we won't get A-Rod, but if we did, our infield would be like the greatest of all time. It's nice to wish.

It seems the Phillies are finally dumping all the crap and trying to build a playoff team. We need pitching and a 3rd basemen! Hamels, Kendrick, Moyer? Lohse? What's the rotation look like for next season?

SirAlden said...

I wished you a happy birthday first Carson. I didn't even know it was your birthday, I just knew you would be so happy never seeing No Hit or Spread Your Legs Like a Two Dollar Whore again.

I agree with you I would not go $40 million for 4 years with Rowand, I was hoping for Byrnes with his speed. The dirty little secret about Aaron Rowand is his terrible terrible range factors the last two years in CF. Victorino/Bourne will be a huge upgrade defensively. Our pitchers need that.