Monday, July 28, 2008

Phils KO Braves



Anyone think Jimmy Rollins would have taken out Brian McCann like this?
---------------------------
What's Next?
From Philly.com: "J.A. Happ was lifted from the game by manager Dave Huppert after just 2 2/3 innings and 41 pitches against the Triple A Braves. He hadn't allowed a run, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out three. There were reports that he received high-fives from his teammates when he came back to the dugout."

Okay, so it's obvious Happ is coming back to the big club. But who leaves and what role will Happ have?

It seems that Eaton and Seanez are battling to stay with the club. So who should the Phils cut? I say both of them. Eaton is a total waste and now that the Phillies acquired Chubby Eaton from the A's, Original Eaton is even more expendable. Seanez had a nice start to the season, but he's cooled off considerably. I say drop Eaton and Seanez, trade for a lefty reliever, put Happ in the pen and have him waiting to take Myers' spot in a week or so...Or at the very least, please God, release Adam Eaton.
--------------------------
Jimmy Rollins Needs To Check Himself
Carson posted this in the comment section today (I have no clue what the source of this information is, but like all good bloggers, I'm going to assume all gossip is true unless proven otherwise):

"Since being benched for getting to Shea Stadium late on Thursday, Rollins has made a point of showing up just in time to beat the manager's arrival deadline, and he...indicates he doesn't much care what anyone thinks of it."

Rollins has followed up an MVP season with one full of inconsistent play that lacks hustle, energy, and leadership. He built up a lot of good will last year and he's doing his best to ruin it. After the first benching, he saved some grace by admitting his error and accepting his punishment. This time, he's taking the exact opposite approach, acting like he is above the rules and above the team. His ego is so big, I think his head is actually getting bigger...

Corey

33 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I got that info about Rollins from Zolecki's blog today.

furiousBall said...

i keep hearing manny speculation... i'm confused, where the hell would he play?

GM-Carson said...

Manny would play either LF or RF with Burrell playing either LF or RF. The speculation is that Manny will actually be Burrell's replacement next season. However, from various baseball sources, this rumor is being disspelled. It's that time of year where everyone's name gets thrownabout, and someone catches wind of it and runs with it making it a big non-story.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

As Jimmy's head swells, his brain shrinks.

Boogerking said...

If Happ goes to our bullpen I'll be confused and disappointed.If the Phils don't think there's a need for more changes to the rotation they're lying to themselves.The Blanton trade seems really pointless.Why the hell didn't we promote from within when Eaton lost the job?Then we could've traded for a reliever and we wouldn't be stuck with My*rs/Eaton/Madson crapping out the 'pen.Now we're Phucked.

Boogerking said...

Happ to the rotation for Mye*s.My*rs replaces Eaton who will be fired/shot in the head.Benson or trade replaces M*ers.Of course by then Blanton will be complete sh*t so the cycle will begin again but at least we would be free of M*ers and Eaton.

GM-Carson said...

The Blanton trade makes less and less sense the more I look at it. He looks no better of an option than Happ, in fact Happ looks to be a better bet than Blanton. Gillick is stupid.

GreggyD said...

Just reported about an hour ago that Adam Eaton has accepted an assignment to the minors. Not sure yet which class he is going to, but he's not with the big club!!!!!

JA Happ will quite obviously take his place. I see them putting Happ in the pen and letting Myers have one more chance at starting. If he doesn't get the job done, I think JA will be back in the rotation in a heartbeat.

GreggyD said...

On another note..not gonna lie, I wish they would've just cut him, but I'll take what I can get right now.

GM-Carson said...

My guess, they convinced Eaton to go to the minors, take a little mental break, get his arm ready for relief, and then told him they'd call him up once rosters expand in September.

GreggyD said...

I'd much rather have several players come up in September than him. They can leave him there the rest of the season for all I care. Need pitchers? Bring up Carrasco, Bastardo, or someone to give them a shot. Sit Eaton in the corner and teach him the lesson that stealing money from your employer is bad.

GM-Carson said...

Eaton really is a very costly mistake. Think of all the money Gillick has wasted so far as Phils GM- Eaton, Franklin, paying ChiSox for Thome, Barajas, Freddy Garcia, Geoff Jenkins, So Taguchi...

GreggyD said...

You make me want to scream when I read that.

It makes me even more angry when I think how Franklin and Barajas have been doing pretty OK since they left town. It pains me to say it, but we could use Barajas's bat with the way he has been hitting this year. He's still an asshat.

I'm ready to put Blanton on that list. Is salary may not be all that much, but he definitely was not even close to being worth Cardenas and Outman. I will never be convinced that the Phils improved their staff with that trade, especially when they already wanted to bring Happ back up after the AS break. I'm very ready for Gillick to leave town, but just pray that someone not named Arbuckle or Amaro takes over this team.

GM-Carson said...

Greggy D- I apologize if this puts you in a state of open weeping so bad that it dehydrates you, but Ruben Amaro Jr. undoubtedly is the GM-to-be when Gillick ships out at season's end. Sorry...

GreggyD said...

See, you're not supposed to give me that blunt truth.

I just know that it's going to be more of the same from now on once he takes office. He's a company man (aka a little bitch and whipping boy for this ownership group).

Say hello to another decade or so of mediocrity.

/sigh

Chase Trillo said...

Why can' the Phils ever do something completely right? Eaton to the minors?! Come on! The guy is as worthless as thin toliet paper! Cut bait with the loser already!

Damn Boy Wonder... I hope somehow, someway another team wants his smug ass more. There is not one thing I like about Ruben Amaro Jr. Not one!

GreggyD said...

I fear that Ruben Amaro, Jr = the second coming of Ed Wade. It's pretty hard to be that bad of a GM as Houston is seeing now, but I have no hope for him and this organization in the future if Amaro's got the reins.

GreggyD said...

I know the AP tries to be neutral in its news reports but saying:

"He [Adam Eaton] never won more than 11 games nor pitched 200 innings in any season, but the Phillies gave him a hefty deal after he was 7-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 13 starts in his only season with Texas in 2006."

Yeah, they're just stating the facts I suppose, but to me it just seems like a smack in the face to the Phillies saying "what the hell were you thinking?!?!?" And I completely agree. The Phillies should be pointed and laughed at for this move because of how ridiculous it is. Gillick will forever only be known for Freddy Garcia's lack of an MRI and Adam Eaton's "hefty" contract.

I love this FO...

GM-Carson said...

It'll be interesting to see what Gillick does for the trade deadline this Thursday. He may pick up a reliever and a bench player, neither of which will excite us nor be upgrades over what we presently have.

GM-Carson said...

More on Manny Ramirez:
I'm not a Manny fan, but the guy is a GREAT hitter. I'd be cool with Burrell in RF, Vic in CF, and Manny in LF, with Werth serving as the backup to all 3. If the Phils could unload Jenkins to the BoSox while including Marson and that be that, with the Phils picking up Manny's option next year to replace Burrell, it seems like a deal that could be a World Series winner, especially if Gillick goes for another reliever too.

GreggyD said...

I agree with you Carson in that I don't have a problem with Pat and Manny being in the same outfield. However when you say:

"If the Phils could unload Jenkins to the BoSox while including Marson and that be that, with the Phils picking up Manny's option next year to replace Burrell, it seems like a deal that could be a World Series winner, especially if Gillick goes for another reliever too."

I don't get too thrilled. I am very nervous about letting Marson go because he has a lot of talent and catcher is one of the hardest position to find a decent player at. I know we have Jaramillo, but to be honest I thought he'd be up with the big club by now. The Red Sox would most likely demand him because Varitek is getting old, but I'm very weary about giving up arguably the best position player we have in our farm system. I understand that it takes a lot to get a lot, but I'd even send Carrasco before Marson. I think they wouldn't be sold on Jenkins and would want Victorino too.

dr. steve said...

I am worried that they Gillick will cripple the team before he leaves. I can just imagine Victorino and our minor league catcher, Carassco and Savory and more all being traded for players with expiring salaries that the Phillies have no intention of renewing.

And I am even MORE worried that Jr. is already in charge of the Phillie so things won't even change.

Seriously, WSBGMs. We need to organize some kind of protest or controlled riot in the streets of Philadelphia to oust the owners and GMs. I know we could do it, we just need people to organize it. I would love to help anyway I can.

But I feel it NEEDS to be done. All democratic societies have protests.

GM-Carson said...

Dr. Steve- you must be under the impression that WSBGM's has a huge readership base...it doesn't. I'm proud of the growing readership base we have, but it usually only averages between 500-600 a day. Spread the word of the site and maybe we can gain enough popularity to initiate that controlled riot of yours.

By the way, besides Manny being shopped, a real gem of a pitcher Roy Halladay is reportedly on the market...I'm salivating at the thought of him in our rotation.

GM-Carson said...

GM Pat Gillick says the Phillies have no interest in Ramirez. He makes the fairly obvious point that the Phils don't have an open position for Manny.

GreggyD said...

Roy Halladay would be a dream come true.

SirAlden said...

It would have been a Manny for Burrell trade, with more stuff coming back from Boston a minor
league pitcher.

Burrell is odd on to be Boston's DH
next year. The Phillies are balking at a long term contract.

We we traded them, Boston would save their 1st round pic next year.

Sadly Bastardo have a very serious
shoulder labrum tear. Carrasco is
not ready.

SO - we can hope for a major trade with Toronto for Halladay or Burnett or nothing. Bedard
is not able to pitch atm.

A lefty reliever is a good possibility.

dr. steve said...

I know there isn't a huge readerbase, but if we set a date far enough in advance and get the word out, I am sure we can attract plenty of people.

The first goal would be to contact someone at WIP to help. Then we would basically have our job set.

Chase Trillo said...

Halladay would be a dream come true. Would you ship out Vic+Myers+Carrasco+Golson for him? I would if it meant we got to hold onto Marson.

GreggyD said...

I would do that deal Chase, but they need to get something else if they're giving up all of that. Some kind of a bat especially if we're losing Vic. I'm not saying that they have to get it from Toronto, but either way, they need to bolster their lineup somehow. Plus, remember they still want another lefty for the pen.

On another note..almost 30 comments today and it's an off-day!

GreggyD said...

Point being that the fanbase is quite obviously growing even if it's not up to Deadspin numbers yet.

GM-Carson said...

My WSBGM's fanbase comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Lost in translation via the internet.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
The Orioles would like to pry a young shortstop loose if they are to trade George Sherrill. Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis, and Jason Donald are names of interest, but the Angels and Phillies aren't biting.
*Thank goodness. I'd be pissed if they traded Donald for Sherrill. Sherrill is decent, but he's not a Godsend by any means.

Bob D said...

I hear rumors of the Phanatic to be the next GM. He will sign an extra bat for the lineup (a midget with the smallest strike zone in history), a 600 lbs catcher (no passed balls & any strike thrown will hit his stomach while batting), a black lab as a defensive replacement for left field, and an elephant to replace Eaton since his piles of dung will smell less and be much smaller than Eaton's.

Manny rumors are just that (plus a Burrell/Manny OF would be bad).

I can see the writing on the wall Happ to the rotation and Myers as a setup man. Seanez is close to being cut, especially if the Phils add another reliever.