Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Michael Martinez and Others are Gone

Pete Orr was removed from the 40-man roster.  In parts of two seasons in Philly, Orr played 2nd and 3rd base, batting .253/.616 over 81 games.  Signing him to a minor league deal for a third straight season would be wise because he provides depth at Triple-A and is passable in short spurts in the Majors.  Plus, he's Canadian, so that's cool.

Minor league veteran catcher Steven Lerud finally got the proverbial "cup of coffee" he's been seeking, playing in all of 3 games for the Phillies last season.  He too, was taken off the 40-man roster.  The only reason I would like him back, is that he's my birthday buddy (October 13th).  Other than that, he really doesn't have any redeeming value.

Tyson Brummett made his MLB debut on the final day of the season, pitching 2/3 of an inning.  The Phils took him off the 40-man roster and he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays...only to be released a few days later when they selected another Phillie off of waivers.

That Phillie was former Rule 5 pick David Herndon, he of Tommy John surgery in June.  Over 3 seasons with the Phils, Herndon compiled 117 innings in 97 appearances with a 3.85 ERA.  He was mediocre, and he's currently injured, so this loss isn't really a loss.

Unfortunately Toronto didn't continue their cavalcade of waivers picks when Michael Martinez was also outrighted off the 40-man roster.  Nope, instead, he was optioned to Triple-A where he'll be a threat to return at any time to Citizens Bank Park (pray J-Roll doesn't see DL time!).  Mini-Mart, the subject of much ridicule and dissastifaction on this blog, has the lowest batting average of any player in the Majors over the past two seasons with at least 320 at bats.  Overall, the worthless piece of poop hit .188/.512, and robbed much more deserving minors leaguers of time in the Show.  It's hard to believe no team wanted a 30 year old utility infielder that sucks at everything he does.  What is the world coming to?


Look at him, he's like friggin' Superman.

17 comments:

Bob D said...

I see hope for this off season now

GM-Carson said...

They have created a lot of room on the 40-man roster. I hope this doesn't mean they intent on going crazy in this year's Rule 5 draft.

Anthony said...

This whole year was a lead up to us voting MM to the WSBGMs hall of fame. If he doesn't make it, I'll boycott this site for at least one or two days.

GM-Carson said...

He damn well better get the WSBGMs HoF nod. But it's up to the readers to vote him in.

Oh, wait, that's right, the Veteran's Committee (Corey and Me) can name him ourselves.

Don't worry about it Anthony, he's a sure shot (Beastie Boys style!).

GM-Carson said...

Oh, no. He can't even be in the organization to be nominated. He's still in the Phils system. Until he's released, no HoF for Mini-Mart.

Sad.

Aaron said...

How about we do this.....

Sign Pagan to play center

Sign Cody Ross to play left or right field. Probably Right when Dominic Brown struggles. I definitely wouldn't over pay for Ross but at a fair price he provides right handed pop in his bat.

Trade Cody Ashe, May and another minor leaguer to the Padres for Chase Headley.
If they can't get Headley sign Keppinger.

Sign a veteran set up man.

Lineup
Pagan
Rollins
Utley
Headley
Howard
Ross
Ruiz
Ruf
Brown.

Bench
Kratz
Frandsen
Mayberry
Galvis
Nix or Shierholtz

That lineup should be able to score a lot of runs. You can afford to overpay a little for Ross if you sign Pagan instead of Bourne or Upton. Galvis should be a utility player not a starter.

GM-Carson said...

A few points I need to make now.

1. If Freddy Galvis is a starting infielder next season, then Amaro is an incomponent douche.

2. Signing BJ Upton would be retarded.

3. Singing Michael Bourn at his likely inflated price, would too be retarded.

GM-Carson said...

What about trying to trade for Brett Gardner from the Yankees for CF?

He's fast, plays tremendous defense, and would bat leadoff.

Bob D said...

Chavez or Betemit to platoon with frandsen would be a good idea. I'm all for a good center fielder that can play defense and another outfielder that can hit

SirAlden said...

Headley is worth more.

Have you ever seen the Yankees ever trade a player and move down in quality ever?

Not for Ruff Ruff.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Torii Hunter- 2 YR/$18-20M. Right fielder.

Angel Pagan- 4 YR/$32M. CF.

Eric Chavez - 1 YR/$3M. Platoon with Frandsen at 3rd.

Brown, Mayberry, and Ruf battle it out for LF.

How's that sound?

Anonymous said...

Oh, Hunter Pence

Chase Trillo said...

Martinez should have been banished to the Siberian League indefinitely!

Sadly, we could still see that bum in Philly next year...

I would like the Phils to find a way to sign Hamilton, Keppinger/Chavez, and Madson.

They then could trade Dom Brown and Kyle Kendrick for another SP and bench guy with some pop.

Rollins
Keppinger
Utley
Hamilton
Howard
Ruf
Ruiz
Mayberry

Hamels
Halladay
Lee
Worley
New SP

Kratz
Nix
Fransden
Galvis
Some bench guy with pop

Papelbon
Madson
Aumont
Bastardo
De Fratus
Horst
Valdez

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