Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Jenkins Out, Park In

Phils Release Jenkins
The Phils wasted a lot of money on Geoff Jenkins, but unlike other wasted signing Adam Eaton, I'm sorry to see Jenkins go. It's amazing what a World Championship will do for a perspective...

Anyways, here is my concern with letting Jenkins and his $8 million walk - what do the Phils do when Ibanez and/or Victorino and/or Werth heads to the DL? Currently, the Phils do not have a player on the roster that can step in and play outfield every day for a month. Stairs is too old for that. Dobbs only played seven games in the outfield last season. The best option for a sustained stay in the outfield would be unproven, minor league prospect John "Opie" Mayberry.

Initial thoughts are that this opens a spot for a righthanded bat. But is that really necessary right now. Why not sign another player THEN release Jenkins? I'm not sold on this move right now. I hope Rube has a plan...
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Sheffield? Oh hell no.
He's a "cancer." He hasn't hit since the Mitchell Report. He's a DH. And he isn't coming to Philadelphia.
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Chan Hos Before Bros
As Todd Zolecki reported yesterday, Chan Ho Park will start the season as the Phils' 5th starter.

Park has a chance to be a solid 5th starter for the Phils. Of course, JA Happ has that chance also. The difference is, with Happ in the rotation the bullpen would be significantly stronger than it is now. So is taking Park out of the pen worth the upgrade over Happ? Is he even an upgrade over Happ?

I say Park will be in the pen and Happ in the rotation by May.

Corey

18 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Citizens Bank Park no longer, as Royal Dutch Shell (the oil company) will now have naming rights. Gosh, this is so friggin' stupid.

GM-Carson said...

I'd rather have Ho Park in the bullpen too, because Happ is younger and can be a staple in the rotation for years to come, same thing can't be said about Chan.

Sheffield would be able to pinch-hit only, so Philly doesn't seem like a fit.

Just read the Phils are looking at Andruw Jones...oh, hell no part 2.

We're paying over $20M to players this season to not play for us. Thome, Eaton, and now Jenkins. That's ridiculous.

Jenkins shouldn't have been released, just doesn't make sense to me.

Corey said...

could you post a link to the naming rights business? i can't find it via google.

and what is stupid about it?

Andrew said...

"Citizens Bank Park no longer, as Royal Dutch Shell (the oil company) will now have naming rights"

April Fools?

GM-Carson said...

It was an April Fools joke.

Link, link, link

GM-Carson said...

Pitching lineup (from Zo Zone):
April 5 vs. Braves: Myers
April 7 vs. Braves: Jamie Moyer
April 8 vs. Braves: Joe Blanton
April 10 at Colorado: Cole Hamels
April 11 at Colorado: Myers
April 12 at Colorado: Chan Ho Park

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

You guys going to McFaddens tomorrow?

GM-Carson said...

No, what's at McFadden's tomorrow?

Zach said...

Def no on Jones, he's off the juice and done.
I'm interested in Scheff, if he's a problem just release him.
I'm against Ho Park in the rotation but I'll root my heart out for him. Hopefully he can keep up his ST performance.

GM-Carson said...

If Park can continue his spring dominance, then he may earn a Cy Young. So basically I'm saying that's not gonna happen.

Zach said...

Maybe a 4.00 ERA then?

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

Sarge, Tmac, Michael Barkann, and Mitch Williams are guest bartenders for a Phillies Season Kickoff party. It starts at 7pm.

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

I put the flyer on my blogpost today.

GM-Carson said...

As fun as that sounds, I will be unable to attend. I will be at the park Opening Night though. So, I've got that going for me, which is nice.

GM-Carson said...

Happ got knocked around in relief today. I hope they don't plan on using him in relief this season, it just doesn't seem to fit him well.

Werth has been showing the power stroke this spring since getting healthy, now with 6 hr.

dr. steve said...

It's probably for the best to put Happ on Park or Blanton's rotation days and put him in the closest minor leagues. Let him pitch as he always does, and get ready to bring him up.

Hell, maybe even Moyer's days. BUT I'LL BE DAMNED IF JAMIE MOYER LEAVES THIS TEAM. WHEN HE SIGNED HE SAID HE'D GO BACK TO HIS FORMER TEAM WHEN HE WAS DONE HERE, BUT WE NEED HIM. THE GUY DOES WONDERS FOR LEFT HANDED PITCHERS. AND HE'S EVEN HELPED PARK. I'D KEEP MOYER ON THE ROSTER JUST TO HELP GUYS PITCH. HE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE PHILLIES SUCCESS AS A MENTOR.

DAMN YOU JAMIE MOYER!! YOU AND YOUR TRICKS!!! (but seriously, what role can we give him? Pitching Mentor? Our pitching coaches are excellent, but he needs to be added to the group. At any cost.)

Bob D said...

Mosebach was waived (rule5). That leaves Majewski, Taschner, and Happ left for the pen. My bet is Happ will be the one in the minors to remain as a starter.

The righthanded bat is intriguing as Ozuna and Cairo battle each other, that is as long as noone is signed.

GM-Carson said...

I'm predicting Gary Sheffield is a Phillie by the end of the day Friday.

I won't be happy, but I won't be mad either.