Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome Aboard John Lannan

As you all know by now, John Lannan was inked to a 1 year deal worth $2.5M with another $2.5M available via incentives. The lefty is best known for beaning Phillies (11 of his 30 hit by pitches have been Phillies players) and breaking Utley's hand, but the lefy has been a solid back-of-the-rotation starter since 2008.  He's been with the Nationals his entire career, racking up 783.2 IP over 134 starts with a 4.01 ERA/1.42 WHIP and 42-52 record.  As a reader commented on yesterday's post- Lannan is 3-13 with a  5.53 ERA vs the Phillies and 39-39 with 3.80 ERA vs everyone else.

Rotation:
1. Cole Hamels
2. Roy Halladay
3. Cliff Lee
4. Kyle Kendrick
5. John Lannan
6. Tyler Cloyd- always need at least six starting pitchers over an entire season.

Bullpen:
1. Jonathan Papelbon- closer
2. Mike Adams- setup
3. Antonio Bastardo
4. Phillippe Aumont
5. Jeremy Horst
6. Justin De Fratus
7. Some mix of Michael Schwimer, Raul Valdes, Michael Stutes, Jake Diekman, and BJ Rosenberg.

Amaro's four additions this offseason (Young, Revere, Adams, and Lannan) will cost the Phillies roughly $15M next season.  That's cost effective, but whether it will be winning effective is yet to be determined.

25 comments:

Greg said...

They're gambling on Halladay, Howard, and Utley bouncing back. If it happens, these will be great moves. If not, then it doesn't break the bank.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Utley just needs to stay healthy. He's still an elite 2nd baseman because he's a complete all-around player.

Ben said...

I think Utley will bounce back no problem. I think Doc will bounce back somewhat too, but he's our #3 starter now. Howard concerns me.

Anonymous said...

Utley emailed Charlie saying he's doing really well. Though I take the entire salt shaker with that comment.

SirAlden said...

This team is much better and balanced than last year.

Good young bullpen arms in low risk slots.

Time will tell how far we will ride with the 5 Horsemen.

Halladay, Hamels, Lee, Utley, and Howard.

With this season to see about Brown and Ruff.

I am now hoping we do not sign Swisher, neutral on Ross (who does not require a draft pick, Swisher does.)

I think the #1 round 16th pick should be held onto at this Point.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies young arms in the bullpen is something to be excited about, because if they progress as should be with the additions of Admas and Papelbon at the backend, it's a formidable group for the next 3 years, which would be a nice strength.

Now, about this Cody Ross elfish mother f'er...NO!!!

Bob D said...

Lannan is OK, that way Cloyd isnt just handed the spot. Cloyd may yet start, many see him as no prospect, but he could prove all wrong.

Halladay (and Lee too) should both be fine this coming year. So many are saying he is washed up, but he is one of the top pitchers all time. I dont see anything if healthy that would really preventing him putting up another big year.

Bullpen looks really good and really deep. There is going to be several relievers in the minors that on many other teams they would be in the majors.

I would be OK going into the season without adding Ross and trading for OF if needed in spring or during season. Ruben can trade from bounty of RP & ML C and obtain a quality bat. Ruf and Brown maybe able to nail down the spots. Ruf is my pick for Rookie of Year if given the at bats. Full Season he could likely have 30+ Hrs.

A lot of question marks but a lot of potential. Can they top the Nationals???? hmmmm wont be easy.

GM-Carson said...

I see the Phillies as still a 3rd place team behind the Nationals and Braves.

Ben said...

I think the Phillies and Braves are about even, 2nd and 3rd will be determined by which team suffers worse injuries (due to age, that's probably the Phils). Both are far behind Washington.

SirAlden said...

I just had an idea.

How about Lance Berkman.

I see the Phillies as a Lock for a Wild Card and could be 1st because the Nationals overreached last year and could return to the mean.

The Braves do not scare me. Their young bullpen arms were overused and abused last year.

Noah Eli said...

@SirAlden
I am not even an NL East fan, and I don't think the Phillies could win the division. The Nationals are only getting better, and the Braves have immense pitching depth.

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Beer-a-Thon said...

The Nationals have a very solid/balanced lineup from top to bottom.

C - Wilson Ramos
1B - Michael Morse
2B - Danny Espinosa
SS - Ian Desmond
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
LF - Bryce Harper
CF - Denard Span
RF - Jayson Werth

GM-Carson said...

So how long before Amaro snatches up an outfielder?

SirAlden said...

C - Wilson Ramos vs Cooch Phillies
1B - Michael Morse vs Ryan Phillies
2B - Danny Espinosa vs Chase Phillies
SS - Ian Desmond vs J-Roll Push
3B - Ryan Zimmerman vs Young Nats
LF - Bryce Harper vs Brown/Ruff Nats
CF - Denard Span vs New Kid Push
RF - Jayson Werth vs ??? Push/Nats

SirAlden said...

3 Phillies
3 Nats
2 Push

Phillies Won 102 Games two years ago.

SirAlden said...

Stephen Strasburg - Hamels
Gio Gonzalez - Lee
Jordan Zimmermann - Halladay
Ross Detwiler - Kendrick
??? - John Lannan

I think this is certainly a Push.
The Phillies are not way behind.

Papelbon and Adams is A-OK too.

The Phillies are not way behind.

Bob D said...

SirAlden, I was thinking to compare the teams like that but after all the moves are made. But looking at what there is now it would be close all around. Throw in the Braves, Marlins and Mets then we could compare whole division. But very good.

GM-Carson said...

Ian Desmond is better than J-Roll.

Morse and Howard are currently equals. Yes, that's how far Ryan has fallen.

Revere and Span are not equals, Span is better.

Werth is going to be better than whatever the Phils put in RF unless it's Swisher.

SirAlden- you also forget our core has aged 2 years since 102 wins and have regressed. While the Nationals players are just now entering their primes for the most part.

Nats are better. It's pretty clear to me.

Chase Trillo said...

Looks like the Phils are looking at Vernon Wells. The only way I'd take him is if the Angels ate at least 75% of his remaining contract and only took Michael Martinez in return.


http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/12/phils-interested-in-vernon-wells-still-in-on-cody-ross.html

Ben said...

If the Phillies acquire Vernon Wells, I am probably going to have one of those "I'm never ever rooting for the Phillies again" spasms that last like 20 minutes before I get my senses together. Fuck no. That would seriously be a worse idea than that Dannys Baez contract.

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