Monday, November 10, 2008

Review & Preview - Vol. 1

Jamie Moyer
Review: I doubt that anyone predicted 16-7 and 3.71 for Moyer’s 2008 season. Luckily for the Phils, as Eaton, Kendrick and Myers struggled, Moyer outperformed all expectations and turned in a #2 starter-worthy season. His season was so good, I won’t even bring up that NLCS start against the Dodgers…

Memorable Moment:


Best Unused Material: I made two pictures of Jamie Moyer that I never got to use. One was a Gene Simmons pic that I did after Moyer walked off of the mound in the World Series with this tongue hanging out. The other was for a “Gilligan's’s Island” parody song that I wrote and was going to use if the Phils had won Moyer’s game three start against the Dodgers. They lost of course, so the parody and the pic never got used. So, here are those now useless pics.


Preview: Moyer is going to be 67 years old at the start of the 2009 season, but he shows no signs of slowing down. From Yahoo!: “in early conversations with Moyer’s agent, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has been told that Moyer is seeking a multiyear contract.”
Moyer has started at least 32 games and pitched at least 196 innings in each of the last eight years, and there is no reason to think he can’t continue to do that for another two years. Well, except that he’s 74 year old. But other than that, no reason at all. Moyer made $5.5 million last year and I think he’ll come back to the Phils for two years and $12 million.
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Jimmy Rollins
Review: He said they were the team to beat. He predicted 100 wins. Then he got injured. The he flirted with Mendoza in June. Then he didn't hustle. Then he showed up late.Then he called us all "frontrunners." Oh Jimmy, what were you thinking????

Jimmy spent most of 2008 on the wrong side of the fans and although his stats were comparable to his career averages, he couldn’t match the terrific MVP numbers of 2007. If the Phils don’t make a late season run, I think Jimmy is taking a lot of heat right now. But, the Phils had a great run and Jimmy contributed, so now the memories of fans are mostly postseason homers and parade speeches.

Memorable Moment: For me, I'll remember the two defensive plays he made in the last series against the Nationals: the over-the-shoulder catch to save Lidge and of course the DP to clinch the East.

Preview: I don't know what predictions JRoll will make in 2009, but my prediction is that he'll be playing shortstop, batting first, and doing so at the bargain rate of $7.5 million
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Joe Blanton
Review: When the Phillies traded for Blanton, I was one of the few bloggers to defend the trade as a positive. My primary argument: “This trade helps the team now.”

And help the team Blanton did. He finished the season 4-0 with a 4.20 ERA then went 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in the postseason.

Blanton wasn’t the biggest name traded before the deadline, but he ended being the most important. And regardless of how Cardenas or Outman perform in the future, it will be hard to argue that this trade wasn’t a success.

Memorable Moment:


Preview: Along with Cole Hamels and Brett Myers, Blanton is already penciled into the rotation. He made $3.7 million in ’08 and is arbitration eligible ’09, so he can expect a modest pay raise, in the $5-6 million range, I would say.


Corey

19 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Being that I actually got to see the Gilligan's Island parody song as a draft, I can attest to everyone that it's a damn shame the Phils didn't just straight up sweep the Dodgers, because that song was funny. Great pics of Moyer!

Bob D said...

Moyer the rock star? Watchout Myers!

I always thought Gilligan had a thing for Maryann, and Ginger was out of his league.

Bob D said...

Mr Thurston needs to pony up some money for the 2009 raises.

Maybe he can add CC to the team.

GM-Carson said...

CC is simply unrealistic. I'd like to see payroll boosted to the 130-140 million range, so Amaro actually has some room to maneuver.

Bob D said...

Don't plan on the Phils to add another high salary this year, they may even be willing to go with an OF of Vic/Werth as starters and platoon Stairs/Dobbs/Jenkins along with another 2nd rate OF (Baldelli?).

The team would not likely trade Vic or Werth for Holliday and need to replace another OF. Burrell's salary will likely offset a number of raises due this year. Fortunately almost the entire team is under contract for next year. By retaining Moyer and Eyre they will only need to tweek the pitching a little bit.

GM-Carson said...

Victorino is an established every day outfielder. I still have my doubts about Werth. He's awesome against lefties, but if he becomes full-time I think the league will exploit his weaknesses against righties (and most pitchers are righties). Dobbs, Jenkins, and Stairs are all lefthanded...what the hell kind of platoon would that be?

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
"On Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke of "rumors that Philadelphia will listen to offers" for Jimmy Rollins. Todd Zolecki of the Philadelphia Inquirer ran this one by Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Amaro called the rumor "ludicrous" and "unequivocally false." So, cross Rollins off your wishlist."

*Thank goodness, that would have been a monumental rookie mistake on Rube's behalf.

dr. steve said...

The Phillies, as a team, are not good enough with every player returning to win the World Series next year easily.

I just don't trust what happened this year to happen again. Bringing up some minor leaguers might change things, but I never am comfortable with Burrell or Feliz, and I stomach Ruiz's season batting because he is good at the plate.

In the ideal world, we sign Holliday next season, but in the meantime we need to do something else. We can't let this offseason go so easily. I'd gladly trade Werth in a Holliday deal assuming we can keep him on the team long-term. And there's no way I'd support any kind of outfield platoon.

furiousBall said...

just this... A's look like they might get Holliday...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/11/as-acquire-matt.html

GM-Carson said...

Holliday would have been awesome in the Phils outfield, but not at the price of Victorino or Werth and a bunch of prospects and for what would only end up being probably once season of his services.

Bob D said...

Carson, I agree. Having Holiday in the OF with only 1 of Vic or Werth would mean the Phils have the same problem: short 1 OF'er.

I would like to see Amaro kick the tires on Zach Greinke for the rotation as he is on the block. They want inexpensive players so maybe Kendrick, Ruiz, or someone else could be packaged for him.

Bob D said...

Cross off Holiday, he is headed for the A's.

Amanda said...

thanks for the link guys.

GM-Carson said...

Scott Eyre re-signed with the Phils for 1 year 2 million. Nice deal Amaro!

GM-Carson said...

The fire-salin' Marlins just traded Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham to the Nats for a bunch of nobodies.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies open the 2009 baseball season against the Braves to a nationally televised audience on a Sunday night. Go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

We already knew 3rd base coach Steve Smith wasn't coming back, now it appears bullpen coach Ramon Henderson and bench coach Jimy Williams won't be returning either. Looks like Charlies has some voids to fill.

dr. steve said...

WHY DO WE NEVER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MARLINS?!?

Bob D said...

Yeah, Willingham would have been an interesting fit for the OF/Utility guy. and for a couple of prospects (and not good ones either).

Resigning Eyre is huge. It now has a bullpen of Lidge, Madson, Romero, Durbin, Eyre, Condrey, and 1 open spot or will be used on an extra bat.