Saturday, January 05, 2008

Fly Free Bird, Fly

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen.
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same.
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.

Skynyrd's lyrics could not be any more relevant than they are today, two days following the release of beloved Phillie's bullpen stalwart Matt Smith.

In what can only be described as a colossal mistake, Smith was released to make room for new outfielder So Taguchi.

Sure, he has one of the most generic names imaginable and last year threw the same number of strikes as the Writer's Guild, but his promising talent is undeniable. How often do 27 year old career minor leaguers become available? Rarely, most are occupying rosters of playoff teams. Yet the Phils just give them away. Poor form, Pat Gillick, poor form.

I see nothing but vast improvement and good things in Smith's future, wherever his wild arm leads him. So, if you are reading this, Matt Smith, WSBGM's wishes you good luck in what will likely be your breakout year of 2008.



Bob D said...

If he passes thru waivers he will be in AAA for the Phils. He is currently injured but rehabbing. Most likely noone will pick him up but it is not guaranteed. There were others on the roster that probably should go first Ennis, Garcia but with his injury Smith was one who would have to go. The team is still likely to add at least 1 arm for the bullpen which means that another player (likely pitcher) will have to go thru waivers.
Most additions from here on out will likely be on Minor League contracts.

I would've like to see Josh Towers here in Philly signed with Rockies for $400,000.

GM-Carson said...

I've read a few places that Patty's strategy was to wait for many of the team's roster to be close to 40 then release the injured Smith so that taking him on would actually hinder the other teams a bit. I too think Smith will clear waivers and flounder in Allentown for the next couple seasons.

SirAlden said...

That is exactly what he did. So Smith will have a chance to be a Phil.

I like Inge if we pay little and give up nothing. He is a great! Fielder.

Crede if his back is not David Bell II.

Chavez would be spectacular as would Beltre.

Corey said...

i doubt smith will clear waivers. i hear the yankees have interest in bringing him back, 3 years 10 million, something like that.

Corey said...

lots of brandon inge talk. full post tomorrow...

GM-Carson said...

Brandon Inge sucked at the beginning of his career, then had a solid 3 years span from 04-06, but went back to sucking last season. He has about 19 mil owed to him over the next 3 seasons, but if Detroit ate some of the contract and didn't want much in return I'd do the deal because he's a good fielder and I think at the Brick Cit House he'd settle in with a respectable .750-.775 OPS and bat him 7th or 8th.

SirAlden said...

Two nice links...enjoy!

Top 50 Minor League List

Total 2007 Minor League Stats

SirAlden said...

If Detroit eats half of his contract.

GM-Carson said...

I'd take Inge the Tigers gave us salary relief of 2-3 mil per season and wanted some low level "prospect" aka organizational filler.

Bob D said...

Crede + back problems = David Bell II.

Inge + Phils + the Cit - 2 midrange prospects = Improved 3B + lineup - Wes Helms

Yanks + Matt Smith = Abreu - Hendy - Smith - Monasterious - Sanchez + Smith + Henry

Bob D said...

When is the Eagles game?

Corey said...

i wrote a piece on inge for tomorrow where i used similar math reasoning, although i will say our equasions don't exactly match up.

also, how does "- Wes Helms" work? where would he go? do they just eat his salary? damn, something needs eaten and jon lieber is nowhere to be found...

Marc said...

Is this move as bad as Kazmir for Zambrano?

Rays land Rodriguez!

Los said...

He's in a good spot - anytime the Phils seem to give somebody away, they seem to flourish elsewhere.