Monday, November 15, 2010

McCann- Brian or Bryan?

One is an perennial all-star (5 straight seasons) catcher for the Atlanta Braves and the other is a rookie cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys.

While watching the lowly Cowgirls throttle the New Jersey Giants on Sunday I heard a name familiar to me- Bryan McCann. This McCann was black and fast, much unlike the sloth-toed whiteboy catcher that blasts bombs against the Phightins. Bryan of the NFL had his first career interception yesterday and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Brian earned himself another Silver Slugger award.

Other Same Name Syndromes:
*The Ryan Braun's
*The Carpenter's (Not the band)

2 Years 4 Contreras:
Reports have Jose Contreras nearing a 2 year deal for $5M, which includes an option for a 3rd year plus incentives. The Cuban will be turning 39 soon, but in his first season of relief did a good job striking out over a batter per inning and posting a 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings worked. My take- 2 years is risky for an elder reliever that's only been pitching out of the bullpen for 1 season, but it's a risk that's probably worth taking.


GM-Carson said...

Ryne Sandberg will be Triple-A Lehigh Valley's manager next season.

SirAlden said...

Your 2011 PHILLIES

1 - 5th Starter
Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, Blanton
(Worley, Kendrick 180.2 innings last year Wow, Herndon, or FA).

2 - 6th and 7th Bullpen Arms
Lidge, Madson, Contreras, Baez, Bastardo
(2 FA, or maybe 3 FA if Baez is released).

1 - Position Player - RF
Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Polanco, Ibanez, Victorino
(Werth 5% chance, FA Righthanded experienced Bat).

1 - Bench - Utility Inf.
Brown, Francisco, Gload, Schneider
(Valdez, FA Utility Inf.)

5 Players to find, maybe 6. 2011 is all about 'the Utley' and injuries. If 'the Utley' comes back - 100 Win Season.

GM-Carson said...

I'm pretty sure Valdez is under Phillies control contractly, but I'm not positive.

David Herndon is good for mopup duty in the bullpen. He better never be in the Phils rotation.

I'd like to see Worley given a chance in the rotation, but what then to do with KK?

I'd love to see the Phils like John Rauch or Brian Fuentes for the bullpen.

SirAlden said...

Seems you are Right about Valdez GM-Carson.

I read a scouting report on Herndon that basically said that Herndon was Kendrick with the same sinker, but had a 94mph fastball, vs 90mph.

The writer believed that Herndon was unlucky with BIP and would now be a Full time started in AAA.

Two Solid Bullpen Signings like
John Rauch or Brian Fuentes or
Pedro Feliciano or Hisanori Takahashi
are needed.

Anonymous said...

why not take a chance on webb? his agent wants 10 or so a yr but most people think 5-6. h20 plus webb and blanton. if he gets hurt u always have kendrick and worley to replace him. and what can you really expect out of your 4 or 5 starter?

GM-Carson said...

Brandon Webb was last seen tossing "fastballs" in the Moyer-region (low 80's). He's not worth guaranteed millions for a team like the Phils that have to spend wisely.

Anonymous said...

Brandon pitched for the first time competitively (in 17 months) in September and October in three instructional games. The first game, Webb threw 80% and was 78-80 mph. The second game Webb was closer to 90% and was 81-83, and the third game, Webb, still laying back a bit, was 81-85. The reality is that Brandon showed good pitchability (he had strong movement on his signature sinker, plus plus change, and plus breaking ball). What he also had was some rust on location. Brandon's velocity is of very little concern to those that watch a lot of games. His arm strength is indeed coming back, and honestly, he pitched at 87-90 all of 2008 (when he won 22 games) and that is only 2-5 mph off where he was in October.

Anonymous said...

the a's gave 10 mil to sheets. 5-6 mil on a one yr deal for webb wouldnt be bad. especially if he comes back to half of what he was in 08

GM-Carson said...

If...big IF...Brandon Webb is healthy enough to take the ball for 25+ starts, then $5-6 million is worth it, but personally I doubt he makes more than 15 starts next season.

SirAlden said...

I agree with both of you about Brandon Webb.

When he was in his prime - the perfect match for The Cit.

He is going for the Sheet 10M Gambit.
If he shows he is getting better, and would go for 5M for a year, he would be nice bet.