Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Closer on the Cheap

Brad Lidge is an expensive closer- $11.5M.

Ryan Madson is an expensive setup man- $4.5M.

Jose Contreras is a moderately priced setup man and cheap closer- $2.5M.

Lidge has an option for $12.5M next season, or a $1.5M buyout (the likely route). Madson is a free agent after 2011 and will likely market himself as a closer. Then there is Contreras who is signed at an identical $2.5M for 2012 and has an option for the same in 2013. The man is old, but has reinvented himself as a reliever. He has shown composure and been successful during his limited time in the closer's role, both last year and so far this year. If Contreras continues to get the job done (85% save rate or better), then this could be an area where the Phillies save some money going forward until one of their young gun relievers are ready from the minors (Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Phillip Aumont, BJ Rosenberg, or Eric Pettis).

Relying on an ancient armed reliever may not be the best plan for a contending team, but I'm just trying to think outside the box here. Remember, funds will be limited going forward due to massive contracts (Utley, Howard, Lee, Halladay).

8 comments:

Adam said...

There are a couple examples of ancient closers having major success lol. See Rivera, Mo and Hoffman, Trevor

Dr. Steve said...

I can't see Madson leaving, as he sucks as a closer and I doubt he will go for that.

GM-Carson said...

I don't want Madson to leave. He's one of the elite setup men in the game. Scott Boras is his agent though and thinks he's a mini-Mo (Rivera).

Bob D said...

They need to give guys like Stutes, Mathieson, Zagurski, Schwimmer and others a shot to pitch in the majors now to see if they can do it. This can be done by getting rid of Baez Sucks, Herndon, Kendrick to the minors, trade fro a bat, or just cut. The other pitchers are just a bit further away but maybe by years end we will see them in Philly.
The bullpen needs to be revamped for next year on the cheap with these yound arms. However they should try to keep Madson and bring back Contreras

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies do a pretty shitty job at developing relievers. Bastardo and Madson...any others? Nope, that's an expense they can lessen by starting to weed out the crap and given younger guys with upside a shot (like the ones I mentioned in the post and Bob D did in the comment above).

GM-Carson said...

From the Zo Zone, prior to yesterday's game-
# The Phillies have scored 23 runs from April 10-19, which ranks last in the National League. They have hit .204 with a .269 on-base percentage and a .270 slugging percentage. Each of those marks ranks last in the league.
# They also have just 10 extra-base hits, which are the fewest in the league.

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