Thursday, July 05, 2012

Amaro is Stupid with Money

Was Jonathan Papelbon the best free agent closer on the market this past offseason?  Yes.

Ryan Madson, Joe Nathan, and some others of lesser pedigree were available, but Ruben Amaro decided to blow most of his allotted money on Papelbon.  Not smart.  Thought Stanford grads were supposed to be intelligent.

Personally, I advocated for Nathan, thinking he'd be cheaper and nearly as good.  Turns out, he was cheaper and has been markedly better.

Papelbon '12: 32 G, 31.1 IP, 38 K, 2-3 W-L, 18 SV, 2 BS, 3.45/1.15.

Nathan '12: 34 G, 33.2 IP, 42 K, 0-2 W-L, 18 SV, 1 BS, 1.87/0.89.

Contracts: Papelbon- 4 yr/$50M, Nathan- 2 yr/$14.5M.

This isn't a one time mistake with Amaro either.  The Howard and Blanton extensions are bad, the Baez contract was almost unforgivable, signing 2 pitchers to $20M+ per year contracts was questionable, Polanco's contract hasn't worked out that well, Ibanez's contract was 1 year too long and a few million per season too much.  Amaro is reckless with the Phillies money. Am I missing anything?

18 comments:

adam said...

you're dead on balls accurate. He's played ultra aggresive with house money and has pissed away the bank roll.

We were a pitcher away in 2009 (thanks cole) and Rube got consumed with the all in move. He made a great trade for Cliff and then went captain ahab ever since.
His undoing was giving away lee.

Ben said...

If the 2011 Phillies were the Beatles, the 2012 Phillies are Ringo Starr's solo career.

GM-Carson said...

From 100 wins to 100 losses?

Corey said...

"His undoing was giving away lee."

that is the 100% truth. that is why WSBGMs will never stop reminding people of this horrendous deal. not only was is bad in the short term, but it set up future bad moves.

Squire McGuire said...

Phils keep Lee and we win the 2010 World Series, I agree about Papelbon, that move seemed to come out of left field, but it could have been worse, he could have re-signed Madson....

Very disappointing loss last night, I thought perhaps we could head into the break with momementum, getting Howard back possibly this weekend, and Halladay soon after the break...

Still not giving up though, we are only a 10 game winning streak from getting back in this, and it can be done!

Reverend Paul Revere said...

What Adam and Corey said

Beer-a-Thon said...

Amaro ruined this team with foolish spending.

He wants to remain a contender over the next 4 seasons, but that's going to be hard to do with an aging core that is injury prone and declining offensively for the most part (save Chooch), and rotation that is in flux, and a bullpen that is complete shit.

Anonymous said...

amaro is a douch.

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me why juan samuel is a third base coach? wouldn't he be better served at first since he was a base stealer? i didn't think it could get worse than steve smith over there, but somehow it has...

Anonymous said...

How the hell can Manuel leave Bastardo in there?!?! He is terrible with handling a pitching staff!!

Andrew said...

2 walks and a hit given up. Bases loaded. Leave the current pitcher in? Good lord Charlie...

Andrew said...

Squire - gotta win 1 before you can win 10. Oh, and you gotta win 2 before you can win 10... you get where this is going.

Anonymous said...

Paging Mr. Sandberg, paging Mr. Ryne Sandberg.

Ben said...

The word of the day is Phuck.

Anonymous said...

You know it's bad when the Braves put the one-arm wonder Chad Durbin out there in the 9th inning.

GM-Carson said...

This season is over. Why do people keep pretending it's not?

Chase Trillo said...

The season is over. Charlie did a decent job managing a team full of all-stars, however, if/when this team becomes sellers and there is an injection of youth, I'd like to see them go in a different direction with regard to their manager. Ryne Sandberg would be my choice as he has handled younger guys the past 2 years in AAA.

GM-Carson said...

It's time for a change at the helm in Philly. Sandberg seems like a good route to take. What's the worst that can happen, the Phillies lose? Oh, wait, that's already the case.