Friday, November 23, 2007

Phlashback Phriday +

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.



GM-Carson said...

First off, that was a freakin' sweet segway! Secondly, Bedard and Mora would be very welcomed additions. Tertiary...or Thirdly I just wanted to throw out the word tertiary.

The Calvin Maduro stuff is crazy. Just goes to show some guys will do anything to remain affliated with the game of baseball.

furiousBall said...

boy i'd be pissed if i was an O's fan and this went down.

GM-Carson said...

Black Friday today- anyone go out and brave the crowds trying to find a great deal on a present for a special someone?

BenJah said...

you're going to have to throw in some more "stuff" to get those two from the orioles. sorry, but good try

SirAlden said...

The O's need to dump salary, and they know that they will not be able to sign Bedard the year after this.

I think Outman is going to be the guy and Cardenas.

The question is can we sign him long term, and if so will he deliver. Bedard has been injury prone.

Gillick is on it.

chuckm said...

Bedard "becoming" one of the best pitchers? I think is he already there. I normally am not for cleaning out what little is on the farm, but I would go ahead if it means Bedard.

SirAlden said...

The Yankees signed C.J. Henry to a minor league deal after their No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft asked for and was granted his release by the Phillies. He was dealt to Philly in 2006 as part of the Bobby Abreu deal.

"He came to us," scouting head Damon Oppenheimer, the man who drafted the 21-year-old Henry, who batted .184 for Lakewood (Single-A) this past summer. "He told us he wanted to play for us and asked would we want him back? We made sure he wanted to play baseball and we found out the last month of the season he was fitted for contacts and hit .300."

The fact remains - Yankees! He asked for his release.

GreggyD said...

I went out to the new Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, PA at 12 am and was out shopping until 7 am. I went back to the mall around 6 pm too. At least the majority of my shopping is done.

If this trade went down I would be in love.

GreggyD said...

I flipped to ESPNEWS today and was shocked to see that Joe Kennedy had died. I was just thinking of him yesterday when he was mentioned in a post and was in disbelief when I saw the news today. It is odd that he seemingly just "collapsed." It's so sad to see someone so young pass away for unknown reasons. Such a shame.

GM-Carson said...

"Someone so young"- yeah the same damn age, 28, that Corey and I are...scary. I too couldn't believe when I saw Joe Kennedy's name on the bottom line as being dead.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils inked some ex-MLB players/minor league lifers to play for Allentown (new Triple A) next season- Mike Restovich, Matt Childers, Ron Chiavacci, Kris Wilson, infielder Casey Smith, first baseman Andy Tracy and outfielder Brandon Watson.

*I know nothing to get excited about, but don't be surprised if some of them get some action in Philly next season due to an's always good to have depth, especially with some experience.