Sunday, January 20, 2008

What's Happening?

Last week we decided to stray from the normal everyday Phillies content and focus on the broad scale of MLB. We're back to business now, and today's post serves as a recap of the happenings from last week concerning the Phils.

I. I'll start off with our plump green fuzzy homeboy the Philly Phanatic being named sports' best mascot ever. Growing up a Phillies fan I always loved the Phanatic's playful shenanigans and to this day still appreciate the humor he brings to the ball field. Glad to see he got top honors in Sports Illustrated's poll and on Forbe's list, because if Mr. Met would have won I'd have severed that dumbass baseball head right off his shoulders.

II. Cross Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge of the list of players attempting to squeeze every penny out of the organization, as they each agreed to 1 year contracts last week without heading to the ugly process of arbitration. Lidge in his final year before free agency accepted the Phils' $6.35 million deal, and Madson took the $1.4 million and ran.





III. Johnny Podres died last Sunday at the age of 75, and for those of you who remember he served as the Phils pitching coach from 1991-1996. He didn't just tutor pitchers, he performed quite well as a pitcher himself winning 148 games over 15 seasons from 1953-1969 for the Brooklyn/Los Angels Dodgers and the Tiger, and of course the appropriately named Padres.

IV. Eric Bruntlett and Ryan Howard aren't too happy with the Phillies front office right now. Why? The Phils brass is low-balling them. Newly acquired utility man Bruntlett is asking for 800k and the Phils are offering 550k...I think a compromise can be made here at 725k. Howard's situation is a bit more hairy, where the Phils don't really care if they piss off Bruntlett because he's likely packing his bags after the '08 season anyway, but Howard is a dude that should be kept happy because they want him around for the long haul. Ryan wants $10 million (which would be a record for 1st year arbitration eligible players) and the Phils countered with $7 million (which is actually respectable considering Howard's 1st year of eligibility). There's no denying Howard's talent, which is prolific power. We all know he has stonehands at 1st and is a record setter for k's, but there's no way in hell I want him being traded away for magical beans in a couple years because we can't lock him up long-term. Right now offer him an Utley-like contract (7 years $85 million) and hope he accepts. *I need to note that the Phils aren't being cheapskates with their proposal, those penny-pinching years are in the past. MLB has a salary structure set up for arbitration based on years (for example the more experienced, and every bit as good if not better than Howard, Miguel Cabrera just got $11.3 million from the Tigers); they also apply this with slots in the amateur draft. If the Phils were to go crazy and give Howard the $10 million he wants in good faith, believe me the rest of MLB would be angry.

V. Kyle Lohse and Pedro Feliz are the two names I'm still seeing in the Phils rumor bin. Lohse has good stuff, but remember so does/did Adam Eaton. Kyle is a career loser with a 63-74 record, 4.82 era, and 1.43 whip, that's the simple truth. Don't get me wrong, having him as the 4th/5th starter would make me feel better heading into the '08 season, but at the price of at least $10 million a year and for no less than 3 years...craziness (which any Scott Boras client is). Feliz is being mentioned as an everyday 3rd baseman. I do not want him! Pedro is an out making machine, and I'm not talking about the pitcher Martinez in which making outs is a good thing. This Pedro is the equivalent of No-Hit Nunez with some pop...doesn't that just about make you throw up in your mouth and swallow?

VI. Chris Coste's much anticipated book "Catching the Dream" is set to be released soon by Random House publishing. That title is about as lame as some of the headings Corey and I post on our blog...c'mon now. The book chronicles Coste's travels through the minors, Independent League, and finally his big break in the 2006 season with the Phillies. I smell a Disney movie.

~Carson

12 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I posted this over on BeerLeaguers- For people that don't understand this, when a team/player heads into the actual arbitration hearing only one side wins- no compromise. Therefore if Howard's hearing takes place he either leaves with 7 or 10 million, no in between at this point.

I like Ryan Howard, he's absolutely needed on this team. However, I'm not sold on the fact that he'll still be needed after the 2011 season. It's very difficult to predict that far in the future with any player let alone someone of Howard's physical stature. Personally I'd like to see the Phils sign him to a 4 or 5 year deal right now, taking up his years of arbitration and possibly 1 year of free agency. 4 years 50 mil or 5 years 65...probably wouldn't get it done though.

Bob D said...

Congrats to the Phanatic. The Phils will likely work out a 1 yr deal this year approx $9mil or so. A long term contract will likely be done next year rather than this year. If they do it for this year, look for his salary be lower this year in a long term contract than a 1 yr contract. My guess would be 5yrs and $80mil for a long term. If it goes to arbitration I'll say Howard will win here.

Bruntlet will likely settle rather quick as he is now our new storm trooper for 2008.

Jarex said...

Is that a young Kyle Kendrick standing next to Pods?

Sean said...

For a second,I thought Bob D. was talking about a contract for the Phanatic!

Bob D said...

Phanatic has a lifetime contract of all the ATVs and Free Hot Dog guns he could possibly use. Also he is allowed to beat any opposing team dummies. So if Nunez shows up on the other team - he gets beat by the Phanatic.

BenJah said...

i would also like to see howard signed for only 3-4 years. i'd gladly overpay for those years, but the long term flexibility is more important. i would bet that howard will continue to have at least a couple more amazing seasons, but i can see his decline being sharp and intense.

meech.one said...

The title of Coste's book has actually been changed to The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I Finally Made it to the Big Leagues After Eleven Years in the Minors

A bit winded, but better than the original.

GM-Carson said...

Damn, that title is about as long as that one on Fiona Apples' cd...whatever happened to that crazy witch anyway?

SirAlden said...

Fionna has been a bad bad girl...

I will break with my tradition and shock everyone. I believe we should OVERPAY for Howard.

I think we should offer him the same deal as Utley 7 years $85 Million, even is he breaks down in the final 2 years the money will not be seen as huge at that time, and he deserves two years of free coin, while on the DL for what he has done in his first 2 years.

A 7 year contract would also assure he goes into the Hall of Fame as a Phillie, and may have him become a lifer with us. Not to mention as an African American he will be a face of the franchise.

Malcolm said...

What the heck is with the Pedro Feliz picture? Why is his shirt untucked? And are those his road pants with his home shirt? What kind of crap is that?

GreggyD said...

I am afraid of giving Howard 7 or 8 years on a contract because I too see him having a sharp decline someday in the not so distant future. I still find myself biting my nails wondering if he will continue to produce at the rate he is known for. There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best power hitters in the game right now, but I am just afraid of how quickly that might change. 4 or 5 years would be ideal in my opinion.

GM-Carson said...

No doubt Howard is powerlicious! He will most likely continue to dominate fences every where for the next 4-5 seasons and perhaps beyond, but that's difficult to predict. I like the 5 year 75 mil contract approach, but not sure Ryan would accept.