Sunday, December 07, 2008

Unsubstantiated Rumor, Phanta Claus, and a Cap Tip

My Own Rumor:
According to some sources the Cubs offered unwanted starting pitcher Jason Marquis to the Mets for their down-and-out reliever wannabe starter Aaron Heilman. The Mets probably balked at the $9.875 million owed to Marquis in '09, but it's rumored the Cubbies are willing to eat as much as $4 million of that, leaving the acquiring team only on the hook for about $6 million. Since New York didn't like the proposal, maybe Amaro will step in with a Clay Condrey to Chicago for Jason Marquis plus $4 million bid. Marquis has been durable, pitching 191 or more innings in 4 out of the last 5 seasons (only pitched 167 this year because manager Lou Pinella thought they had better options). He owns a lifetime 79-70 record with a 4.55 era and 1.43 whip...perfect for 4th or 5th starter, especially if Moyer doesn't sign. He's also a helluva hitter, winning the Silver Slugger for pitchers in '05 and has a lifetime .206 average and .533 OPS, which would replace So Taguchi's pinch-hitting abilities. Oh, and if you're wondering, Condrey had a 3.26 era and 1.51 whip last year with a career 4.32 era and 1.52 whip, while Heilman had a 5.21 era and 1.59 whip last year with a career 4.24 era and 1.33 whip...very comparable, and Condrey is a few million cheaper!
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Phanta Claus:
Bring your son, daughter, niece, or nephew...or if you're weird in that way...yourself to come sit on Santa Phanatic's lap at Citizen's Bank Park on Saturday December 13th from 11am-2pm. The Phils will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony, Phils gear in the Majestic Clubhouse will be on sale, and the World Series trophy will be on display.
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WSBGM's Tip of the Cap:
Another player from my childhood is retiring, there's really not that many left (John Smoltz, Jamie Moyer, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson). 355 game winner Greg Maddux is calling it a career and I'm calling it a damn fine career. Maddux was never a favorite of mine, he was too busy guiding Atlanta to seemingly countless division titles and beating my beloved Phils, but the man was one of the best pitchers of all-time. Amazing feats- over 5000 innings pitched, career 3.16 era and 1.14 whip, 740 games started, 109 complete games, 4 time Cy Young, 8 time All-Star, 18 time Gold Glove winner, and won 15+ games 17 straight seasons. If he's not a unanimous selection to the Hall-of-Fame, then I truly don't know who is.

~Carson

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

By the way, I was only having fun with the Marquis for Condrey trade. Things are pretty quiet on the Hot Stove right now, so I felt the need to make stuff up.

GM-Carson said...

Yesterday I reported on the big day in Phils history, well take a look at all the peeps that signed on December 7th in the past:
Greg Harris, Mike Schmidt, Jim Eisenreich, Jeff Brantley, Mike Jackson, Dan Plesac, Kevin Millwood, Todd Pratt (twice), and Rheal Cormier.

NE Phillies Phan said...

Hell of a career Greg! Probably the last 350 game winner ever. Easily the best right hander of his generation.

Funny story, back in the early 90s I was at a Phillies/Braves game at the Vet and managed to get my game program signed by Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery. It was a great coup on my part and being a teenager, I didn't appreciate it at the time. Later, I ended up losing that program when I went into the Army. I wonder if it would be worth anything...

The Rev said...

And the moustache makes Maddux look like Bob Walk.

I'm glad you guys are still writing. Keep it up.

GM-Carson said...

Nice to hear from ya Rev. You were one of our first readers and commentors.

furiousBall said...

Maddux is a first ballot hall of famer, any other outcome is a crime

Philly Sports Beat said...

Carson:

Like the blog but don't agree with using sources in this post. Here's why...

http://phillysportsbeat.com/

-Aaron

GM-Carson said...

The title of this post is "Unsubstantiated Rumore" for crying out loud...get a grip!

Philly Sports Beat said...

Carson: I’m OK with your post. Misinterpreted what you wrote. My apologies. -Aaron

GM-Carson said...

Apology accepted.