Saturday, December 13, 2008

WSBGM's Week in Review

Ruben Amaro was like a dirty mutt, walking around Las Vegas sniffing every free agents' and GM's butt searching for the right deal to land. He landed us a disgruntled, underachieving back-up backstop in Ronny Paulino for a Quad A catcher in Jason Jaramillo. Paulino will challenge Chris Coste for a roster spot in spring training, this is if Coste is still with the team by then. This move allows super prospect Lou Marson to catch a full season at Triple A Lehigh Valley. More importantly, Paulino now gets added to the illustrious list of Phuccos (Phillies/Bucco). Paulino fell out of favor in Pittsburgh (how the hell do you do that?); and he'll be 28 next season, and is a lifetime .278 hitter in the bigs with a .713 ops while playing adequate defense.



A new leftfielder is being added to the roster in the form of 36 year old Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is a good player, but just isn't a good fit for the Phils in my opinion. He's old, slow, can't field, bats lefthanded, and comes at an expensive cost of 3 years $30MM...why not just re-sign Burrell for a similar contract? Don't get me wrong, I'm going to root for the guy, but we've got a lineup with an extreme tilt to the left now, with Werth being the lone RH power threat. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised as he puts up numbers like the ones he's posted in Seattle the past few seasons (.291 avg, 22.6 hr, 85.4 r, and 97.8 rbi over the past 5 seasons with the Mariners), or maybe I'll be grossly disappointed like I am with Geoff Jenkins. Career splits: vs. RH- .293/.849, vs. LH- .268/.733. Cherry on top- Ibanez is a Type A free agent and we'll now lose our 1st round draft pick...yeah Amaro!!!

Amaro is also reportedly very close to snatching up Chan Ho Park as rotation insurance/bullpen multi-inning worker. Park used to be good (1996-2001), then sucked for 6 straight seasons (2002-2007) before having a comeback year with the Dodgers in 2008. Last year he worked 95.3 innings for LA with a 3.40 era and 1.40 whip. However, before that his lowest era was 4.81 in the previous 6 seasons and often topped out in the high-5's. Park should not be trusted to hold down a rotation spot, just ask the Texas Rangers about that awful mistake, and should only be delegated to long relief duties or mop-up situations (meaning he essentially replaces Rudy Seanez).

Amaro continues to make head-scratching moves, selecting pitcher Robert Mosebach in the Rule 5 draft. The guy is a 23 year old righty out of the Angels organization and hasn't pitched above Double A, yet is expected to stay on the 25 man roster? Mediocre record, era, and whip throughout minors...no reason to pick this guy up! No way in hell that this dude sticks on the defending WFC Phils roster all season. This poor fella's MLB dream will soon be dashed with the likes of such stellar names as Ryan Budde, Jim Ed Warden, and Lincoln Holdzkom.

According to Todd Zolecki- "The Phillies are expected to sign righthander Blaine Neal to a minor-league contract." Neal last pitched in the bigs in 2005 with Boston and Colorado. He owns a 5.08 era and 1.71 whip. He did have an outstanding year in Triple A Toledo with Detroit's farm team last season, racking up 26 saves with a 1.21 era and 1.10, but he's nothing more than Lehigh Valley roster fill.

So it seems Lil' Rube has been a busy boy, linking the Phils to Derek Lowe, Mark DeRosa, the Hairston Bros. (Jerry and Scott), John Parrish, Delmon Young, Jason Marquis, Randy Wolf, Andy Pettitte, and probably others. He's also made it publicly known that the Phillies are willing to eat $8MM of Adam Eaton's contract (meaning acquiring team is on the hook for $1MM) and he wants essentially nothing in return (meaning no-name no-talent minor leaguer). Jamie Moyer remains unsigned, Charlie Manuel got a contract extension, and Pat Burrell is gone. Eric Bruntlett and Clay Condrey agreed to contracts for 2009, terms were not disclosed. Meanwhile the Mets rebuilt their bullpen and purged themselves of the atrocities known as Aaron Heilman and Endy Chavez.
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102nd Reason to Love the Phillies:
Here are the finalists for the 101 Reasons to Love the Phillies book giveaway contest...










*Dollar Dog Days- $1 Hatfield hot dogs...that's what I'm talking about!

*Joe Roa- 'nuff said.

*The Schmitter- where else but in Philly can you get a sandwich with one letter removed and in a drunken slur that can remind you where a lot of our seasons have gone?!

Thank you for all the entries, but it's time to choose a winner, so let the voting begin (Polls close Monday at 6:30 am).
Reason #102 to love the Phillies
Dollar Dog Days
Joe Roa
The Schmitter
  
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For all you losers (ouch, harsh!) there will be another contest next week for "The Perfect Season" DVD narrated by Mr. Perfect himself Brad Lidge. It is the perfect DVD for any Phillies fan and is an exclusive DVD made by Phillies for the Phillies fans. The Perfect Season gives fans the chance to relive all the excitement, drama and intrigue that made Philadelphia a world-champion city once again. It includes the journey from spring training through the World Series with exclusive player footage and interviews, as told by the words and deeds of the Phillies team.

On an unrelated note, David Wright wears guyliner. Wow, really? Hamels was right, the Mets are "choke artists", he just didn't specifiy what they're choking on...

~Carson

22 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Ty Wigginton was non-tendered by the Astros. He bats righthanded, can play 3rd, 2nd, and outfield. Sing him now!!!

GM-Carson said...

Posted by Keith Law on ESPN.com-
Raul Ibanez will turn 37 during the first year of his new three-year deal with the Phillies and finish it at age 39. He's very similar to the player he's replacing, Pat Burrell. But Ibanez is four years older, is a far worse defensive player and -- outside of a blip in 2008 -- does not hit left-handed pitching. (His OPS against left-handers was .868 in 2008 but was .650 in 2007 and .661 in 2006.)

If the Phillies were willing to give this contract to Ibanez, they should have offered it to Burrell, who at least is less likely to fall off a cliff offensively and would have kept their lineup a little more balanced. The difference in 2009 will be slight, but by 2011, there's a good chance Ibanez will be just an albatross, both financially and defensively.

Click here, for full article.

dr. steve said...

Ruben Amaro holds true on his promise he made years ago as Ed Wade's protege - to be Ed Wade and GM of the Phillies for decades to come. And he makes sure he starts off with a splash of true GM Genius - link your team to every big-name free agent, then watch them get signed. THEN, offer a million dollars less than what the big name free agents signed for to get terrible players that ruin and cripple your team. He's only made one trade so far, but in it he made sure that Jaramillo wouldn't be used in, say, acquiring necessary talent to help this team. Nope, he traded him for a catcher who apparently ruins the clubhouse that he's in.

Yep, it feels like the Phillies all over again. I'm sure now that we have three Outfielders, Victorino is on the trade block. And we'll probably lose Happ for a second baseman, because we don't have one of those.

Seriously, the Phillies will have a good season. They have a strong core and some good starting pitching. BUT WHY THE FUCK CAN'T WE HAVE A COMPETENT GM WHO CAN SIGN THE NECESSARY PLAYERS TO MAKE US INTO A POWERHOUSE TEAM!? A REAL TEAM THAT CAN REALLY COMPETE?! I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING "GOOD ENOUGH" AND BARELY MAKING THE PLAYOFFS, OR BARELY MISSING THE PLAYOFFS. I'M TIRED OF BEING ONE PLAYER AWAY YEAR AFTER YEAR.

It's not that hard to be a GM. You have to try to be as bad as Amaro has been so far. And it looks like he's trying as hard as he can.

Fuck you Ruben. I'm going to start thinking up ways to insult him based on his name being the name of a sandwich. It's the only solace I'll have as the Yankees dominate baseball again.

GM-Carson said...

Click here for some video evidence of Ibanez's defensive prowess.

dr. steve said...

The guy looks like a fucking manchild. Someone trying to play baseball for the first time. I thought Geoff Jenkins for TWO years was bad, I have to sit through 10 games of year of Ibanez?! As some fucking Minor Leaguer comes up to fill his role? And excel? And hear all this FUCKING BULLSHIT about how Amaro knows when to bring up the young talent?! AFTER FUCKING WASTING 30 MILLION ON THIS GUY!?!

furiousBall said...

wow, on stage with an american idol guy? david wright just got a buttload gheyer.

Derek: You better listen or he'll eat your dick.
Randy: Like Kobaoachi.
Brennan Huff: You've actually seen him eat a man's penis?
Derek: Yeah, it was on international water so they couldn't prosecute him

dr. steve said...

So, the nightmare contract that we complained about for Burrell was 50 million over 6 years. That was the "Oh God this player doesn't deserve these numbers." And he didn't.

BUT WE FUCKING SIGNED RAUL IBANEZ FOR 30 MILLION OVER 3 YEARS.

I CAN'T GET OVER IT.

IT'S THE WORST FUCKING THING YOU COULD HAVE DONE.

MAY AS WELL SIGN ROCCO BALDELLI FOR 10 YEARS AT 6 MILLION EACH!!

ALSO, NEW RULE, NO PHYSICALS EVER. COME ON AMARO, YOU KNOW YOU HATE PHYSICALS. I BET YOU WERE ALL UP ON GARCIA NOT GETTING ONE.

FUCK!




Whoever is giving the "grace period" idea a shot needs to stop pretending to be a Phillies fan. This stuff has LONG reaching consequences.

GM-Carson said...

Dr. Steve- I'm starting to sense that you're a bit angry.

Aaron said...

My God people. How quickly we have turned so bitter. We are the World Utley Champions! And we just signed a guy who has driven in 100 runs for 3 straight seasons in a pitchers park on a horrible team.

Why is everybody so freakin upset. So he sucks in the outfield.....what else is new. We always have a shitty fielding left fielder.

As soon as Moyer signs we will have our whole pitching staff back. Only instead of 20 Adam Eaton starts this year we get 35 Joe Blanton Starts.

As for Keith Law....i believe he picked that Rays to sweep the Phils and thinks the Mets signing of K-rod is a horrible mistake. So that shows you how much of an "expert" he is.

Aaron said...

Here's some more Pat the Bat stats to try to bring everybody back to reality and stop morning the loss of Pat the Bat.

.215 post all start break
.205 in August
.181 in September and October

a whooping 7 Homers off of Lefties last year!!

Bob D said...

These moves do make you scratch your head and wonder if he has a plan.

There were a few non-tender contract yesterday that may interest the Phils. Aaron Miles plays 2B, SS, 3B, OF, and has even pitched in 3 games in the last 2 years, a career 289 BA hit 317/4/31 with 120 hits in a utility role last year. Ty Wigginton (also mentioned) is available but not likely to be a backup. Pitchers Lance Cormier (not Rheal), Chris Capuano, Dan Cabrera, and Saito. May not hurt to look into one of them instead of Park.

Aaron said...

Ibanez

.396 - August
.233 - September October
.321 - Post all star break

And matched Pat the Bats homers against lefties with 7.

Aaron said...

Here's some more rediculous statistical evidence that Ibanez is a better hitter than Burrell.

Burrell Ibanez
avg. w/ man on 2nd 182 200
avg. w. man on 3rd 182 450
avg. w. men on 1st/2nd 262 395
avg. w 2nd/3rd 200 200
bases loaded 222 400
RISP 234 293

Our you could just ignore all the practical evidence and say yeah but he's lefthanded and 4 years older.

dr. steve said...

"Our you could just ignore all the practical evidence and say yeah but he's lefthanded and 4 years older."

No, that's exactly it. Age. I don't want Moyer, and I don't want him. I don't want someone who is going to be so old. Baseball is a long season, and the older you get the harder it is to make it through. Moyer doesn't play everyday, but he will. And he'll be playing for 10 million dollars a season.

I hope he can pull through, but I've got a bad feeling about this.

Bob D said...

Ibanez may be good this year and maybe next year, but many are concerned that come 2011 we have a backup OF'er getting paid $10mil who has some power but no defense/speed. We also could be wrong and 2011 we have a $10mil OF'er who is in the midst of his 3rd straight 30Hr+ season and an All-Star thus making Ruben look like a genuis. I really do hope for the later.

Burrell not only provides power from the right side to join Werth, but is more likely to be productive come 2011 than Ibanez would be.

The lineup is unbalanced, I know Rollins and Victorino bat switch hitter, but they only have moderate power. On the left handed side we have Howard, Utley, Ibanez with power and Stairs, Jenkins, and Dobbs also have lefty power in part time roles. On the righthanded side there is not much power on the bench. Feliz has power but his back makes him a question mark.

GM-Carson said...

The Schmitter has taken the early lead in the poll, but Joe Roa is right on its tail.

dr. steve said...

What the Phillies need and HAVE needed for AGES is someone who hits for average: specifically a 300 average. Two of them would be great. Burrell and Howard are streaky hitters. Losing Burrell is the perfect time to grab someone who could hit over 300. Someone who is not an instant strike or home run.

Instead we got Ibanez.

ripjgarcia said...

Dr. Steve,

You don't want Moyer because of his age?! The guy went 16-7 with a 3.78 ERA.. Those are pretty solid numbers from a 3/4 guy in your rotation.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like new addition K-Rod was the first retarded Mets to pop off at the mouth this offseason...NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez has a message for the Philadelphia Phillies and the rest of the NL East.
“Of course, we’re going to try to win the division. Of course, we’re going to be the front-runner. Of course, we’re going to be the team to beat,” he said Saturday.
Four days after agreeing to a $37 million, three-year contract, K-Rod was confident the Mets will put consecutive September collapses behind and overtake the World Series champion Phillies in ruling the NL East.
“I don’t want there to be a controversy or the other ballclubs in that division to take it personally or take it in a bad way,” he said. “If they ask me, ’Oh, which ballclub is going to win the National League East?’ It’s going to be the Mets. Easy question.”

SirAlden said...

Burrell wanted 45 Mil for 3 years.

Ibanez is about winning next year.

Lets see who do you give 30-40 million dollars to.

Player A: ?
.215 BA .313 OBP .413 SLG .726 OPS After the ALL-STAR BREAK in 2008?

OR?

Player B: ?
.321 BA .385 OBP .536 SLG .921 OPS After the ALL-STAR BREAK in 2008?


All due respect to LAW, outside advisor's do not know or love players like we do. Pat the Bat, if he was not good lookin' and the great white hope, would have be booed out of town years ago.

I love Pat, but his Walk or StrikeOut after Ryan Howard with a rare 30 time a year HR will not be as good as the .321 after the All-Star Break professional hitter
Ibanez.

Pat the bat did little from Aug First until his one hit in the World Series. Good Luck Pat.

SirAlden said...

Agreed. Sign Ty....better than sending Peavey to the Cubs and losing minor leaguers.

Aaron said...

O.k. I want everyone hating on Ibanez to remember that Sir Aladen and myself were the ones teling you all that this is a good signing.

The guy is 36 years old he's not mathusala.

I'll be here at the end of the year to tell you all I told you so.