In honor of one of my favorite television programs, Super Sunday +, I'm doing a double post today: Phlashback Phriday +.
Phlashback: Calvin Maduro
In 1996, the Phils traded my favorite Phillie, Pete Incaviglia, and Todd Zeile to the Baltimore Orioles for Garrett Stephenson and Calvin Maduro. Maduro's time in Philly was less than spectacular. He lasted two years, compiling a 3-8 record, with an ERA over 7 his last year. He was signed by Baltimore and pitched in parts of three seasons with the O's. He hasn't seen major league action since '02, but that hasn't stopped the live-armed Arubian. He went Independent League in '03. In '04, he played for Mr. Cocker Honkbalclub Allen Weerbaar in the Hoofdklasse Honkbal, the professional league of the Netherlands. Seriously, I am not making this shit up. Also that year he played for the Netherlands national team in the Olympics. I'm unsure if they play total baseball or regular, but I digress. He spent '05 in the Yankees minor leagues and '06 back as an Oriole farmhand. Again in '06 he threw on the orange and played in the WBC. He has since retired and was last seen as the pitching coach for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the NY-Penn team in the Orioles system.
[Warning, freaking sweet segway approaching...] Speaking of the Orioles...
Ridiculous Offseason Trade Proposal - I
For my first ludicrous trade proposal, I look south of the Mason-Dixon line for help for the Phightins. The deal:
Phils send: Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Drabek, Greg Golson
Orioles send: Erik Bedard, Melvin Mora
The Orioles had by some estimates the 10th highest payroll in 2007, at about $95 million dollars. And they don't have much to show for it. Mora is owed almost $18 million over the next two seasons and hasn't produced much in the last two. He's clocking in at .275-15-65. Certainly that is an upgrade in Philadelphia, but nowhere close to worth it for Baltimore. I think they would love to get rid of his salary.
As for Bedard, he is becoming one of the better pitchers in baseball and I realize it would be tough to get him from the O's. But with the Phils top pitching prospect in Carrasco, a raw, young first-round fireballer (albeit injured fireballer) in Drabek, and another young, raw, first-round OF in Golson, combined with clearing $18 million off of the books, it may be enough to get a foot in the door.