Thursday, January 21, 2010

Multi-Year

Does Ruben Amaro ever rest? Probably, but for only 20 minute power naps. The man is back at it again, this time trying to secure the Phillies arbitration eligible players to multi-year deals.

Joe Blanton is the most expensive of the bunch. He's asking for $10.25M, while the Phils countered with $7.5M. My guess is the 29 year old durable righty could be signed to a 2 year $16M deal similar to the one Joel Pineiro just inked with the Angels. During his time in Philly, Blanton has posted a 16-8 record with a 3rd/4th starter worthy ERA of 4.09. With Kyle Drabek dealt away, there's nobody in the high minors ready to take Blanton's spot.

Kinetic ball of energy Shane Victorino is next on the docket with a proposed salary of $5.8M, Phils offered $4.75. With back-to-back Gold Gloves and continued progress on offense this recently married 29 year old is a good bet for a 3 year deal in the neighborhood of $20M. I love Vic, he's fun to watch, he embodies the Philly style of hard-nosed play. If Vic is locked up, this certainly means the end of Jayson Werth's time here after 2010, because top prospect Dominic Brown will be set to take over one of the outfield spots.

Last, but not least is Chooch. Carlos wants $2.5M, Phils offered $1.7M. Ruiz is good behind the plate. He calls a good game, has a solid relationship with the pitching staff, and for an 8-hole hitting catcher ain't that bad with the stick. He turns 31 tomorrow, but his body seems like it has a handful of decent seasons left in it. This is his first arbitration eligible season, so maybe a 2 or 3 year deal worth roughly $7-8M makes sense. Lou Marson was shipped to Cleveland last summer, so there isn't a heir to the throne readily available in the minors.

11 comments:

furiousBall said...

i think all three deserve a black taco incentive in their respective contracts

Bob D said...

Blanton needs the "I lost 20lbs with the Taco Bell diet" incentive

GM-Carson said...

I love Taco Bell. Crunch Wrap Supreme baby!!!

Preserve Jon said...

He needs the Al Percolo speech from The Scout. "Remember Fernando Valenzuela? Started out a pitcher, ended up a truck. Put the doughnut down!"

GM-Carson said...

Blanton- 3 yr $24M. I was dead on in terms of annual money with my $16M for 2 year guess in the post.

Andrew said...

Joe Blanton - 3yr, $24M - http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/01/phillies-sign-blanton-to-extension.html

GM-Carson said...

Victorino- 3 years $22M. That's in the neighborhood of $20M over 3 like I predicted. I'm on fire today. Good deals for Rube and the Phils. Maybe I really should be a GM.

Dan said...

Good Lord. Ruben really is an unstoppable force of multi-year contracts. I can't really say that I actually saw either of these coming...I thought we'd go year-to-year with both. Still, I'm not complaining...it's two pretty darn good players - especially Vic - in their primes. I'll take it! You gotta believe...in Rube!

GM-Carson said...

So, what do we think- Choock contract announced today?

Andrew said...

definitely. lock up chooch for at least 3 if not more. good catchers are hard to come by and if he gets bad, you can always trade him.

Preserve Jon said...

Great call GMs! I have to admit though, I'm getting a little leary of the committments. RAJ is not quite in 1994 mode went Lee Thomas got drunk and gave Daulton and Dykstra 11 year contracts, but there are now very few moving or interchangeable parts on this team. At what point should we be concerned? Will J-Rol finish his career in pinstripes? How much money is there to commit to his next contract or a FA shortstop?

On the flip side, aside from Utz, Ibanez, Halladay, Lidge and Howard, it seems like all the deals are eminently tradeable. RAJ seems to be a true student of the Gillick/Epstein school of management. Golden era indeed.