Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Golden Shower

Congrats to Jimmy Rollins and Aaron "Fence Face" Rowand on being selected for their 1st Gold Gloves. A Phillie hasn't won the coveted fielding award since the marvelous Bobby Abreu (goes to show the award can be a farce). Rollins faced stiff competition at shortstop, but alas offense for some odd reason probably gave him the nod over players like Tulowitzski, Greene, Vizquel, Renteria, and Hanley Ramirez. Same goes for Rowand, who's defense is vastly over-rated, but the man makes the "big plays" and had a career year at the plate...hello Gold Glove. I'm not saying J-Roll isn't deserving of the award, but I hate how offensive performance is somehow factored into a defensive award. Ask the voters, and they'll tell you it's on their fielding merits alone, but to the majority of true baseball fans we know they're lying through their teeth. Sorry to be a downer, I should be happy for Rowand who just added a couple million dollars annually to his salary with this prestigious award. I hate to be so cynical, but the Gold Glove is a popularity contest...Enjoy the gold fellas!



~Carson

30 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Seeing the Phils linked to a possible AJ Burnett trade...go figure he's with Toronto, Gillick loves to trade with past teams he's ran.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTradeRumors.com- Third base was a gaping hole for the Phillies in 2007. But because the team scored a lot of runs that year, GM Pat Gillick does not see the need to upgrade at the position. Instead, he will focus on adding pitching whether via trade or free agency.

I have to say that I don't agree with the logic. Runs are runs, whether you score more of them or let in fewer. The goal is to create the largest differential between runs scored and allowed, doesn't matter whether you try to move the top or bottom line. That's my opinion at least. I still think the Phils should acquire Joe Crede or Mike Lamb. Trading for Crede might help prevent runs because of his fine glovework. Another option for a defensive boost is Coco Crisp, who the Phillies reportedly like.

The Phillies are still intent on signing lefty reliever J.C. Romero before November 13th. Hopefully it doesn't take three years to sign Juan Carlos...the man has a major walk problem and his success was predicated on an unsustainable hit rate of 3.72 per nine innings. Additionally the Phils have their eye on Colorado's Brian Fuentes, who is signed next year for $3.5MM.

Though it's easier to find a good reliever than a good starter, Brett Myers will stay in the pen for '08. With Curt Schilling off the table, Gillick could turn back to his buddy Kenny Williams to try to pry away Jon Garland or settle for Jose Contreras. I imagine Contreras is starting to seem a bit more attractive to teams because they haven't seen him pitch for a few months.

*My opinion: Garland- Yes!!! Contreras- HELL NO!!! I don't want Coco Puffs Crisp either, way over-rated.

furiousBall said...

I don't think there's a free agent starter out there worth signing and the trades don't look much better. How about resigning Rowand and Romero and looking for bullpen arms? I still think Myers has to get back into the rotation.

On another note, did you know that Cabrera is only 24!?! I know he'll cost us a lot of cash, but jeez. That kind of power in our ballpark? Fuhgedaboudit

Bob D said...

Rollins deserved the gold glove last year but was gipped. This year he was great in fielding and earned the award. He did play the most and did as well as Tulowitzski who also deserves the award this year, he had a phenominal rookie year as a fielder. He may end up as one of the best SS in the league in a long time.

GM-Carson said...

The crop of shortstops in the NL is amazing...great defenders and great with the stick as well.

GM-Carson said...

We may finally be going Japanese (from MLBTR)- It's tough to decide who the best available free agent starter is now that Curt Schilling is off the market. One could make a legitimate case it's Hiroki Kuroda, who could dazzle in his first few months in MLB.

While Kuroda prefers to play on the West Coast, he's on the Phillies' radar. Paul Hagen notes that Pat Gillick previously ventured into the Japanese market to snag Ichiro several years back. Kuroda has filed for free agency. So far the Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs have shown interest. He could earn north of $8MM per season over three or four years. According to Tony Jackson, the Dodgers are also expected to make a bid. Expect this list to grow.

Hagen's article names former Phils Jon Lieber, Randy Wolf, and Kyle Lohse as other possibilities for Gillick. A trade for Jon Garland remains an option as well. Also, Adam Eaton recently had an MRI. If he needs some kind of surgery, the Phils could import two starters.

In other Phillies news, Gold Glover Aaron Rowand is still partial to the Phillies and hopes to come back. Don't count on it. He also indicated that his other former team, the White Sox, have an advantage.

GM-Carson said...

I read O's president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail met with Phillies GM Pat Gillick yesterday, but it's not known who was discussed. One reader emailed me to suggest the Phils have long coveted Erik Bedard.

Erik Bedard will cost a fortune through trading chips and then to sign...but hell, lets get him!

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Bob D said...

Maybe its Tejada to play 3rd and Bedard to pitch

Maria said...

I think Jimmy earned the GG. He didn't have much competition other than probably Troy Tulowitzski and Greene. Renteria missed a lot of games and Hanley Ramirez isn't much of a defensive player.

Maria said...

Miguel Cabrera just needs to lose weight. It'd be tough to have him and Ryan Howard in the lineup.

It would though be the greatest infield in baseball.

GM-Carson said...

Tejada hasn't played 3rd before, but many scouts and baseball people believe he could make the transition. This is ludicrous, but imagine a blockbuster deal bringing both Tejada and Bedard to Philly...oops, just creamed myself.

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GM-Carson said...

Don't get me wrong- Jimmy deserved the GG, but it's a joke of an award. The managers vote on it for crying out loud! David Wright who can make outstanding plays, but has a very erratic arm won at 3rd base in the NL over Pedro Feliz. Feliz kinda sucks offensively, and therefore didn't get the nod. Rowand's was based on reputation, not actual fielding stats because his arm during the last 2+ months of the season was shitty and I saw him come up a step short on many plays.

SirAlden said...

Santana and Bedard are the Dream of Dreams.

Willis and Burnett are Dreams that can become nightmares but worth a shot.

Lohse and Silva and Lieber are inning eaters at the back of the rotation in decending order of over price.

Gillick signed Ichiro Suzuki so hopefully he can sign a starter and a reliever from Japan.

BenJah said...

carson, did you really just type "good with the stick" ???

for fuck's sake bro, don't go all 'wheeler' on us.

GreggyD said...

I just read a report that the Phillies traded Michael Bourn to Houston for Brad Lidge. Has anyone else heard this? If so, I am happy? I think? Lidge was stellar a year or so ago, but became sort of erratic. I was really hoping to send Bourn and some other pieces to Florida for Willis, but at least the bullpen is getting addressed.

If this is true, what do you think?

GreggyD said...

Here are the details. I just read them on ESPN.

The Phillies sent Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary, and Mike Costanzo (?!?!?) to Houston, and received Eric Bruntlett in addition to Lidge.

Bruntlett last season hit .246 with 0 HRs and 14 RBIs in 80 games. Not impressive...

And Gillick had better do something about 3rd base now that he traded away the best thing we had going for this organization in the minors at the position. I couldn't care less about sending Geary to Houston and their new Super GM, Ed Wade.

However, it is reported that the move will likely send Brett Myers back to the rotation.

I really have mixed feelings about this deal...good or bad?

SirAlden said...

Rocco Baldelli would be a nice risk if he could just get healthy.

The Phillies followed and scouted him extensively, and were going to draft him in the same round that the Devil Rays snagged him.

I still think that Shane Victorino could be a Gold Glove winning Center-Fielder with a GUN, and at low cost would lock in yet another hard to find position. Much easier to find Right Fielders than CenterFielders. I say put him in Center and leave him there.

SirAlden said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3099599

SirAlden said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3044674

19 of 27 Save Opportunities. UGH!

Still he was close to his Career averages.

SirAlden said...

Eric Bruntlett is a great pick-up. Right Handed Hitting Utility Inf-Out.
.250 BA - .335-350 OB no power but can get on base. 348.7 Innings at Short in 2007.


Myers to the Rotation - Check
Starter to replace Eaton -
Closer -
8th Inning Guy - Check
LOOGY -
3rd Baseman -
Left handed Platoon RF -
Right handed Mid. Infielder -Check

3 of 8 Offseason needs handled with this trade. Constanzo is a 1B if he gets to the Majors. Good Trade if Lidge is not a total bust.

SirAlden said...

Lidge is getting pricey for not being a top closer the last 2 years.
So in essence this is a salary dump by the Astros, getting a potential CF who will not cost for the next 4 years.

This Trade was made possible by the careful management of the payroll.

Teams like Houston and St. Louis are up against their payroll limits.

Not to forget after next year the Phillies have 15 Million from the Burrell slot.

SirAlden said...

If we can do a salary dump trade like the Beckett - Lowell then we are talking GM-Carson Dynasty.

Bedard - Tejeda would be nice.

Just go look at Erik Bedard's stats this year. You will go nuts.

BloodStripes said...

Alright, Lidge to the Phils with Myers back in the rotation. This is a good move. All done nice and early too. Bruntlett is a decent pickup to replace the likes of Nuni as a better utility. Really like this move. Lets hope it all works out. Losing Bourn makes signing Rowand all the more important. At least we know Vic is a certainty.

SirAlden said...

On the block
Up for grabs: a 24-year-old future Hall of Famer whose best years are ahead of him. Your team can have Miguel Cabrera for the low, low price of a couple top prospects. Who's not going to take that deal?

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=300780

Yankees unwilling to trade young pitchers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Hank Steinbrenner was clear on what the New York Yankees won't do to get Miguel Cabrera.

"It's pretty obvious which players we're not going to trade," the owner's son said Wednesday, before rattling off the team's most-prized young pitchers. "Chamberlain, Hughes and even Kennedy. Not for a position player."

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=301581

The teams with the top talent don't want to let it go.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- we're not getting Miggy, no shot!

Brad Lidge will be the closer by the way, not 8th inning set up man. Gordon will stick in the 8th, and they still hope to re-sign Romero, and Madson will be back.

I don't understand why Costanzo was thrown in...we now have no future at 3rd. But to be honest, I didn't think much of him anyway as a prospect.

SirAlden said...

Constanzo was thrown in because he had zero future are 3B he cannot field the position.

Lidge should be the is 8th inning guy, until further notice he is the closer.

My list is what should ideally happen. Shoot for the stars and make it to the moon.

Borne is a Houston Native. Wade needed to salary dump and hope that
Lidge's best days were behind him.

Bruntlett always make the pitcher throw lots of pitches, an ideal guy who tries to get on base. Excellent . Superior to everyone on the Utility infielder list. He can also relieve Burrell in left and steal bases.

SirAlden said...

Mark my words there is going to be one more huge trade by the Phillies. They have the money, and they have worthy enough arms in the low minors. They were rated 4th best minor league Pitching.

They have Adrian Cardenas 2B from Florida. Jason Donald and interesting SS, a bunch of outfielders, and

Carlos Carrasco and Jarmillo as a perfect back up catcher with a gun.

They will be doing a 5 for 2 .

SirAlden said...

Savery LHP, Carrasco RHP, Cardenas 2B, Jarmillo C, Dominic Brown OF, E.Garcia RHP.

For Santana + someone or

For Bedard + Tejada or

For Cabrera + Willis

Our minors is richer than you think.

GM-Carson said...

Nice way of trying to be creative, but those deals aren't happening.