Thursday, December 02, 2010

Art Rhodes Part 2- Don't Do It!

Multiple outlets are reporting Ruben Amaro Jr.'s affection for Arthur Rhodes. You may recall before Rhodes was an All-Star setup man, notching back-to-back impressive seasons with the Reds (135 G, 2.35 ERA), he was a terrible reliever for the Phillies back in 2006 (55 G, 5.32 ERA). The Antique Rhodes Show will be 41 years old next season and has been extremely successful over the past 3 years since missing the 2007 campaign rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. However, signing him to be the top lefty out of the bullpen would be a mistake. Yes, it's true that Amaro should be combing the free agent bin for a second southpaw to team up with Antonio Bastardo next season, but Rhodes is not the solution. With a ghastly 6.57 ERA at Citizens Bank Park and a 7.32 ERA while pitching at home since 2006, it's simply a recipe for disaster.

Lefty Alternatives:
(AVG/OPS vs. LH Batters over last 3 seasons)
*Brian Fuentes (.192/.493)
*Joe Beimel (.252/.692)
*Tim Byrdak (.176/.604)
*Scott Downs (.197/.580)
*Randy Choate (.178/.474)
*Pedro Feliciano (.212/.583)
*Dennys Reyes (.234/.626)
*Hisanori Takahashi (.217/.544)
*Hideki Okajima (.207/.574)

Amaro doesn't want to lose a draft pick, so signing Downs seems unlikely. He and Fuentes would both likely be out of the Phillies price range anyway. Reyes, Byrdak, and Okajima could probably be had on the cheap (1 year $1-2M). Takahashi only has 1 year of American ball experience and still wants to be a starting pitcher. Choate is very interesting, and I would love to see him welcomed aboard at the right price (2 years $4.5M).


GM-Carson said...

Howard and Utley are on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia tonight. Zolecki got a sneak peek and said they did a good job and it was funny.

GM-Carson said...

*Just in case there was any speculation, both Ben Francisco and Kendrick were tendered contracts.

*Matt Diaz was not tendered a contract by the Braves. He'd look good in a Phils uniform.

*BoSox, Tigers, and Phils apparently the most in pursuit of Werth's services.

*Hisinori Takahashi is close to a deal with the Angels, so you can take him off the lefty alternatives list.

*Pat Burrell reupped with the Giants for 1 year and reportedly only $1M. Damn, I'd have given him 3 or 4 mil to come back to Philly.

Andrew said...

agreed on all points. Rhodes would be a disaster and the fans hate him.

Derek said...

What about JP Howell from Tampa? He's coming off a shoulder injury but was a power arm from he left side and is younger and should be cheap... At least worth kickin the tires right?

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