Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Dismantling a Champion
Ruben Amaro Jr. has been at the helm for only a few days and he's already dismantling the team. Last week trusty reliever Tom Gordon and pinch-hitting specialist So Taguchi had their options bought out and will not be returning in 2009. Just yesterday bullpen stalwart Rudy Seanez opted for free agency and is likely not invited to a reunion in spring training with the team. Reliable lefty Les Walrond with pinpoint control was claimed off of waivers by the Great North (Toronto Blue Jays) and was added to their 40 man roster. That leaves a hole big enough to drive Jon Lieber's gas-guzzling truck through in the bullpen. Putting the sprinkles on top of this crap flavored ice cream cone is the fact that genius 3rd base coach Steve Smith will not be returning to wave and hold runners next season. How will we ever replace these great men? What's next, swapping Utley and Howard for the rights to negotiate with a Japanese player or waiving Cole Hamels? C'mon Rube!
*Phils are hot and heavy over minor league lifer and seldom producing big leaguer Pete Orr. Not sure why, we already have the bearded bastard Eric Bruntlett for utility player and Jason Donald is waiting in the wings.
*Phils are being listed as potential suitors for ameteur Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa. No word if he is of the performance caliber of countryman Kazuhito Tadano.
*Colorado Rockies Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins are both on the Phillies radar, but each will come with a price tag of a zillion prospects.