Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thurston, Worley, Galvis, Utley & Hamels

*Phillies signed old buddy Joe Thurston to a minor league contract after his release from the Astros. Joe is 32 years old and plays 2nd and 3rd base as well as some LF. He'll add depth at Triple-A with the Phillies entire starting infield already injured or likely to be. In 7 MLB seasons he's played in 184 games and hit .226/.629. In other words, not very good. In 2006 he appeared in 18 games with the Phils.

*Yesterday Vance Worley was roughed up by the lowly Minnesota Twins offense, surrendering 11 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. Can't be having that, as the Phils might not be able to score 11 runs total in 5 consecutive ball games.

*Who in the world thought before Spring Training started that we would care about the health of Freddy Galvis so much? Well, we do. Valdez traded, Martinez broken foot, Utley pronounced dead, options at 2nd base thin. Galvis is far from a savior, but his bruised foot (from a foul ball) is something to monitor.

*Former Mitchell Report darling David Segui thinks Chase Utley should use HGH to help him play through his chronic knee pain. That's ill advised, unless Utley hires Ryan Braun's lawyers.
"It gives you quality of life is what it gives you. It doesn't enhance your performance, it just allows you to move around, and your joints don't hurt. And people that have arthritis, and suffer from arthritis, I used to think it wasn't a big deal when I was young, and how bad it could be. It's painful. It's every day, every step hurts. It just really affects your daily living. And all the [HGH] did was allow me to eliminate the pain in my knees, eliminate the grinding, that knife jabbing under your knee caps. It's amazing. Clearly, clearly, it's a prescription drug. Clearly it needs to be prescribed by a doctor and monitored by a doctor. I don't condone everyone running out and taking it."
~David Segui

*Don't hold your breath, but rumor has it that the Phillies and Cole Hamels might wrap up an extension before Opening Day. They're reportedly willing to go $20M+ per season, but want to limit the contract to 4 years. Hamels wants more years. We'll see...


Preserve Jon said...

Someone get Abe Nunez on the phone. Or better yet, bring back the beard.

GM-Carson said...

Should have never traded Valdez. He had far more worth to this club than Chad Qualls does/will.

Preserve Jon said...


GM-Carson said...

Erik Kratz cut.

What the hell does Kratz have to do to get a job in the big leagues? He hit well last year in Triple A and during his very brief stint with the Phils. He hit very well this spring, while Schneider has struggled and was horrible both offensively and defensively last year. I don't get it.

Aaron said...

Anybody see Andy Martinos brilliant tweet...."after Halladay, Lee and Hamels, the phillies aren't very good"

Way to think it through Andy, if you simply remove 3 cy young candidates and replace them with mike mimbs, don Carmen and joe Cowley, they aren't very good.

GM-Carson said...

Martino is pure genius at work.

Preserve Jon said...

I don't do twitter, but knowing that Martino has an account may actually drive me to sign up.

GM-Carson said...

Juan Pierre is officially a Phillie. They added him to the 40-man roster and purchased him contract from the minors.

This means Scott Podsednik, who had a superior spring, will be on the outside looking in.

Phils attempted to sign Chin-lung Hu to a minor league deal, but he failed his physical. He would have been insurance at SS in the minors. This shows how desperate and concerned the Phils are about their infield health.

Former Phillies Aaron Rowand and Jason Michaels were released today.

joak2788 said...

Saw Thurston make an outrageously gret play this spring.
Said to myself, maybe the Phils would pick him up if the Astros cut him.
I see Vadez written all over Mighty Joe.