Q: Now that the World Series is over, what do you think the Phils' first move will be? - Anonymous
A: Count their money.
Q: Can Romero close? If he can, it would justify paying him more. Madson and Gordon could set up, and Myers could return to the rotation. - Frank , Stroudsburg
A: Closer? Never has, never will. Romero is much more likely to blow up with a 5+ ERA than become a closer.
Q: If events of the offseason lead to either resigning Rowand and trading Vicorino for pitching or letting Rowand walk and keep Victorino, which player do think is more important to the Phillies? I think Victorino will end up being the better player. Thanks. - Al
A: If Rowand could repeat his brilliant '07, he would be more valuable to the Phillies, or any other team, than Shane Victorino. The contract he gets in '08 will reflect that potential, which is why I think the Phils let him walk and use the money for pitching. That being said, Victorino's '07 numbers, despite suffering some injuries, were better than Rowand's of '05 and '06. In the last 4 years, Rowand had two good and two slightly below average. Signing Rowand to 3-4 years at big money is a bigger risk than most people are talking about. Remember, we had trouble getting Scott Linebrink for him last spring. Victorino, on the other hand, is younger, cheaper and has shown the ability to be a .280-10-50-50[steals] solid-fielding, LoDuca rolling sparkplug in centerfield. Plus, he's a pig and a pimp, which doesn't hurt. I say Rowand walks, Vic walks into CF, and overall the team is better for it.
Q: Ok I know this is a long shot, but what are the odds of the phillies looking into A-ROD? He can play third base and his hitting would definitley compliment Utley and Howard.. - mike , levittown
A: Odds of A-Rod to the Phillies are 1,000,000 to 1. By comparison - odds that Ryan Howard walks more than K's in '08 are 800,000 to 1; odds that Adam Eaton is NL Cy Young in '08 are 2,000,000 to 1; odds Charlie Manuel botches a double-switch in the first week of the season are even...
Q: Why don't the Phillies recruit in Latin American countries or go after more quality Latin players in trades or free agency? Just look at the rosters of the better team in MLB and you will find latin player that are part of their core teams. (Manny, Ortiz, Lowell, Rivera, Posada, Vlad, Escobar, Pudge, Ordonez, Guillen, Reyes, Delgado, Alou, Beltran) - og , Hamilton Twp.
A: og, neither your name or your question are very well though out. Ever heard of Nunez, Brito, Castro, Ruiz, Garcia, Romero, Rosario, Alfonseca, Hernandez, Garcia again, Mesa.
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